Saga

Saga

Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2012
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"When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, 2012
ISBN: 9781607066019
1607066017
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Staples, Fiona - Illustrator

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List - Romance: Comics
GRPL_Mary Dec 07, 2019

Arguably the best comics series of recent memory, Saga is a magnificent space opera centered around star-crossed lovers, Alana and Marko. Despite vicious bounty-hunters, planet-sized monsters, and vengeful ex-fiances, Marko and Alana show that love perpetually conquers all no matter the suicidal ... Read More »

List - Romance: Comics
GRPL_Mary Dec 05, 2019

Arguably the best comics series of recent memory, Saga is a magnificent space opera centered around star-crossed lovers, Alana and Marko. Despite vicious bounty-hunters, planet-sized monsters, and vengeful ex-fiances, Marko and Alana show that love perpetually conquers all no matter the suicidal ... Read More »

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GRPL_Mary Dec 05, 2019

Arguably the best comics series of recent memory, Saga is a magnificent space opera centered around star-crossed lovers, Alana and Marko. Despite vicious bounty-hunters, planet-sized monsters, and vengeful ex-fiances, Marko and Alana show that love perpetually conquers all no matter the suicidal ... Read More »

List - Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Comics
GRPL_Mary Dec 05, 2019

Arguably the best comics series of recent memory, Saga is a magnificent space opera centered around star-crossed lovers, Alana and Marko. Despite vicious bounty-hunters, planet-sized monsters, and vengeful ex-fiances, Marko and Alana show that love perpetually conquers all no matter the suicidal ... Read More »


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This one was not my favourite graphic novel, and it took me a while to get into.

Two soldiers from opposing sides of the war have fallen in love and brought a baby into the world. Now, they're on the run from both of their armies, trying to survive in a world that's intent on their destruction.

I think I just have to accept at this point that traditional graphic novels are not for me. This kind of chaotic art style really throws me for a loop every single time I try it. It's like there's so much going on on the pages that I can't focus on the story, and it drastically affects how much I enjoy the book as a whole.

Because really, this story is rad. I really really like the idea of a family just trying to survive in space, and the way that this one is centred on very human things (birth, sex, relationships, etc.) but in this wild fantasy/sci-fi world is really fricken cool and feels very fresh and original. But I don't enjoy the chaos, so that's what keeps my rating lower here.

I'm not sure if I'll continue with this series. It took me about half of this first bind-up to get into it, and then after I devoured the last half, I felt more inclined to continue. I'll just have to wait and see if I'm in a graphic novel mood in the next while, I suppose; this was good, just not really the kind of graphic novel I like best overall.

KungFuAndrew Apr 07, 2020

I guess I'm in the minority here as I just didn't think it was as great as others appear to think about it as it just keeps on going and going and going with new characters coming and going and people and creatures and robots leaving and coming back and it appears that it never is going to end kind of like this sentence but it isn't because the series is only half way done and I bet that dead people and creatures and robots come back again and people and creatures and robots keep coming and going just to make it go longer and keep going and selling copies and when you think it is over it isn't because here comes the sequel or prequel or some other word ending in "quel". Whew!

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Agent_21
Jan 16, 2020

Yes, Saga is as brilliant as every says it is.

Saga truly uses the medium of comics to it's full potential, with the art and the writing elevating each other to present a fantastical for the reader to immerse themselves in. From the background art to the unique character designs, it is clear that care has been put into every aspect of this book.
Right away the characters are thrown into interesting plots and are given moments to let their personalities get a spotlight. We are already given out such a fleshed out world and characters, but still the sense that this is only the beginning and that the story could go in a million exciting and new directions.
Saga manages to also pulls of being a mature book, but never feeling like it's edgy or sexual for the sake of being so, which manages to keep the world feel grounded and engaging.

5/5 stars. Saga is fresh and unlike any other comic I've read to date, do yourself a favour and PLEASE check this title out!

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

This is an adult comic.
If you check under the barcode at the back, it is rated M.
I may have read this with my 11yr old, but for some kids, this is not for them. It isn't for some adults either.
There's subjects broached that may upset or trigger people.
Otherwise, it is a brilliant storyline with some gorgeous art and loving a lot of the characters and their arcs at the moment.

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wh1sk3ry
Mar 29, 2019

Esperanto : Language of the Wreath citizens (or Moonies). you’ll need to find the translations manually.

sclibrary_hlutke Feb 27, 2019

Stop what you're doing. You need to pick up this modern, hilariously witty, and heart-breaking retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet. When you consume all available volumes in a week (like yours truly), you can join me in the corner to have a good cry.

OPL_ErinD Jan 13, 2019

As a self-proclaimed fan of Brian K. Vaughan there is little excuse as to why it it has taken me 7 years to get started on this series. By the end of the first volume, I was totally hooked. Truly weird and beautifully drawn, I can't wait to devour the rest of Saga.

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LaNomada01
Dec 20, 2018

This was my first foray into comics, outside of Manga/Manwha, that really helped revitalize my love of reading and art. An amazing saga, not only in name. This book must be read. Warning there is especially some NSFW content in this comic (in case the breastfeeding mother on the cover was not enough of a warning

Hazel, the main characters voice, becomes your own as you follow along with this tale. From the very beginning - the very first panel of a winged woman giving birth - you find yourself pulled into this world. Falling in love with it's characters and the wonderful artwork of Fiona Staples is easy to do, leaving the world and not becoming addicted is Not.

Another warning - a line from this mentions 'kill your darlings'; deaths in this series are 'forever' deaths. There is no superhero type revival - no matter how hard you wish for it.

This beautifully illustrated adult graphic novel follows a husband and wife Marko and Alana from long-warring extraterrestrial races. On the run from authorities on both sides of a galactic war, the protagonists, with their newborn daughter in tow, must do anything they can to keep their young family alive. As a fan of Brian K Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man series, I was excited to hear of this new series. The collaboration with Fiona Staples yielded a truly amazing visual experience while still holding onto Vaughan’s sometimes dry, but always present, humorous, action packed style. Filled with colourful characters, hilarious dialogue, and fantastic action scenes, this graphic novel keeps the reader gripped from start to finish. (Submitted by Chelsea).

RyanR_KCMO Nov 14, 2018

I fell behind on getting caught up with Saga. I am rereading them from the beginning. I am reminded how amazing and perfect and whimsical and spanning this world feels. Basically Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars on a modern, sexy, and violent stage.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: It is really hard to say without giving away spoilers. Broaches topics that relate to everyday life like the children in the sex slave trade etc.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Sexual Content: Brothels, sex scenes nudity of females, males and other.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Violence: Different levels of violence at different times - war, murder, threatening etc.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Coarse Language: Plenty of cussing. Things like $h1t, fk, $lut, wh0r3, a$$h0l3, cnt. Words like mutt and mongrel used derivatively

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Zim42
Dec 09, 2017

Violence: There's pretty standard fighting for action-based sci-fi as well as some gore, though the gore isn't constant or especially intense. However, there is CSA/sexual violence against a child that it would've helped to know in advance to prepare for that mentally and emotionally. It's not explicitly shown; things are said to and about the child. Their situation is also shown and discussed.

mvkramer Aug 14, 2016

Sexual Content: In this volume, a character visits Sextillion - a crazy brothel planet. So, yeah. Lots of sexual content.

mvkramer Aug 14, 2016

Violence: This series does not shy away from gore.

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kalinanavratil
Mar 13, 2016

Sexual Content: Nudity. Shows naked breasts and an alien species having sex doggy style and more

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Give the lunatics this... at least they travel in style.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Thanks to these two, at least I get to grow old.
Not everybody does.

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

What is cultural about mutilating an infant

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wth_this_sucks
Jul 22, 2019

Wing-bleeding isn't religous, it's... cultural.

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Pantjuice
Jun 19, 2014

Once upon a time, each of us was somebody's kid

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It's about a story of an adventure where Hazel and her parents went through obstacles in her first few weeks of life leading up to the greatest potential.

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Pantjuice
Jun 19, 2014

A science fiction love story eager to show you worlds and characters who fully breathe within the pages. Strangeness rules in this tale and it is certainly not for those unwilling to simply let go and bathe in the story. Please check it out!

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