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Saga Volume 1 TP (edition 2012)

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Title:Saga Volume 1 TP
Authors:Brian K Vaughan
Info:Image Comics (2012), Paperback, 160 pages
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Rating:*****
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Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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This is the first 6 issues of the comic are collected in this volume and it covers the birth and escape from the planet of the family on the run from almost everyone. Two soldiers fall in love, one guarding the other at a POW camp and they have baby. Now both sides want them and the baby as well. Bounty hunters are on their trail and this volume does as much as it can to show you all the different aliens in this universe fighting this war by proxy By the end of this story arc they are off planet and have acquired allies. The only thing the reader is left in the dark is the real reason why it is so important that the two of them are killed and the baby found and returned. An enjoyable collection but no real resolution to the story since this seems to be an ongoing comic. ( )
  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
Saga Volume One, written by Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, is the first volume in a science fantasy/space opera comic book series. First volume in the sense that it's the first trade collection of the first six individual issues. I picked it up because I've been hearing some good things about it (and some less good things that still made me curious) and because Volume 2, which I shall get to shortly, is on this year's Hugo shortlist for Best Graphic Story. Also Volume 1 won the same Hugo last year.

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.

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.


The story opens with the baby on the cover being born and is lightly narrated by her future self. This opening volume sets up several story lines: there's the parents trying to keep their baby safe and not get themselves killed in the middle of a warzone, and there are two unrelated character groups trying to track them down and kill them (and capture the baby).

The story deals with forbidden love — the parents come from different races (who, obviously can interbreed) — particularly in the reactions of other characters when they are confronted with the couple. It's also pretty gritty, in that there's a lot of violence and hardly anyone is a nice person (although possibly not as literally bloody as grimdark fantasy, but I'm not so sure). Also there are a lot of boobs, some of them needless. Like the spider lady bounty hunter really didn't need to be topless (and as a bounty hunter, I have to wonder why it seemed like a good idea). By contrast, the only penises that appear are in the background on a (weird) prostitute planet, which still contains more boobs. If you didn't pick it up from the last few sentences, this is not really a PG read; it's definitely intended for adults.

So far, I'm enjoying the story, which is just as well because I already have volumes two and three ready to go. It's definitely aimed at SFF readers and I wouldn't call it anything other than science fantasy, genre-wise. (OK, I lied, I might also call it space opera, but I remain faintly confused about what space opera actually is.) There are some interesting species represented, like the robots that book completely human (to the point of reproducing the same way) except for having screens for faces. By contrast, the welcoming committee on the prostitute planet was a bit weird and alarming.

Saga seems not to be for the faint of heart, but it's not as dark as quite a lot of fantasy books I've read.

4 / 5 stars

You can read more of my reviews on my blog. ( )
  Tsana | Jul 5, 2014 |
Borrowed this from a friend and loved it. I've read the first 7 -Y: The Last Man- books and Vaughan definitely has a talent for writing entertaining dialogue and keeping a story moving. This one was more fun than "Y" much more of a visual spectacle. It seemed like he really just let his imagination run wild. I thought some of the names were kind of silly (especially the robot ones) but I can definitely understand why this series is a hit. I look forward to reading the next installment. ( )
  ragwaine | Jul 3, 2014 |
Read from June 22 to 23, 2014

The artwork is beautiful and I'm very curious about how these two manage to survive when so many are hunting them... ( )
  melissarochelle | Jun 24, 2014 |
Full Review: http://www.tenaciousreader.com/2014/0...

Saga #1 has action, humor, love, suspense and some very cool artwork. What the hell else could you want in a graphic novel? Since I’m far from an expert, I have no idea, but I can’t imagine much else. Definitely recommend (unless you are sensitive to sexually explicit images, in which case, its your loss) ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Brian K. Vaughanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Staples, FionaIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
FonografiksLettering + Designsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stephenson, EricCoordinatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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