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Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story!
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 ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story!
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.
This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."
Voted one of the top graphic novels of the year by the NYT, IGN, the Examiner, and SF Weekly. Voted Best Comic of the year by MTV Geek and Best New Series by Paradox Comics. Voted a finalist in the GoodReads Best GN of 2012 contest.
Named one of Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels for 2013

Winner of the 2013 Eisner Awards for Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, and Best Writer (for Brian K. Vaughan)
Winner of the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story

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Publishers Weekly
Eisner-winner Vaughan (Y the Last Man) teams up with veteran illustrator Staples (North 40) in the epic, galaxy-spanning war story of a star-crossed couple protecting their infant daughter. The story opens with the narrator’s birth, in the middle of a machine shop on a war-torn planet. Her parents, Alana, a winged soldier from the planet Landfall, and Marko, a horned former prisoner of war from Landfall’s moon, have been on the run from both of their militaries. Betrayed, the family is almost murdered just as it forms; sheer luck gives Marko, Alana, and their daughter a chance to brave the wilds and make their way into the galaxy. Vaughan’s witty dialogue is laced with universal commonalities—the sharp fingernails of babies, burping techniques, love—that ground the alien nature of the characters and heighten the sense that the war between planet and moon and the hatred between enemies is tragically pointless. Staples’s character designs are fantastic—even the weirdest aliens reveal human emotion—and her two-page spreads, whether of battle or of tree-grown rocket ships, are glorious. This is a completely addictive, human story that will leave readers desperately awaiting the next volume. For mature readers. (Oct.)
Library Journal
06/01/2014
Vaughan's latest series can be described as Romeo and Juliet with a Star Wars twist. Alana and Marko, the stars of this book, must deal not only with war and political upheaval but, more important, parenthood, prejudice against their newborn biracial (actually, bi-species) daughter, and a truly bizarre cast of supporting characters and baddies. (Ongoing series.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607066019
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 30,728
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted October 27, 2012

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    Brilliant Storytelling and Bold Artistry! A Must Read for Adults!

    Saga, Volume 1 is a collection of the first six stories in the Saga series. Brian K. Vaughan’s brilliant storytelling, backed up by the bold artistry of Fiona Staples, offers adult readers an entertaining and impressive graphic novel. As the drama unfolds, Vaughan’s fans will come to appreciate the depth of the plot and the well-rounded characters that take us on a journey bursting with unexpected twists and outcomes.

    Alana and Marko’s story feels like it could have been adapted from a hardcore, science-fiction version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Alana and Marko are each from the opposing sides in an outrageous war that’s expanded across the universe. Saga opens with the birth of their mixed-breed daughter; with wings from her mother and horns from her father. Aside from the opening scenes, the story is already taking a direction that show how far from ordinary it’ll be. The narration sounds like it might be a third person omniscient point of view from someone with no ties to the main characters, but in reality, the narration is that of someone who is right in the middle of all the action. Hazel tells us the story of her birth and guides readers through the history of Alana and Marko’s world. It was quite a surprise to recognize who the speaker is, but she bridges the story’s subplots together so that the end result is smooth and tinged with chilling forewarning.

    An enormous reason why Saga drags you in and keeps you reading is because Vaughan creates a versatile dialogue. The dialogue captures each character’s personality well, whether they fall along the lines of sarcastic, hateful, or pleasant. The illustrations were drawn with no limits so you never know what you might see next, but even Staples captures the danger, the tense moments, and character reactions impeccably. The characters’ body language is very well in sync with their thoughts that sometimes you may not even need thought bubbles to get the sense of their next move.

    Saga is a story strictly written with an adult audience in mind. The language, the nude scenes and how the violence is depicted do not make for a story suitable for teens and younger. I thought the violence was slightly icky because you actually see the effect of someone being struck and afterwards when they’re fatally injured, but it didn’t completely turn me off from the story itself. I wouldn’t recommend Saga to the more reserved readers or those who are relatively squeamish.

    Saga continues soon in Saga #7, and I’m so eager to see what awaits Alana and Marko. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created a dynamic series that will definitely come as a surprise and entertaining treat to readers!

    *eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    My new favorite graphic novel!

    Ever since I stumbled upon this graphic novel, I've been absolutely in love with it. The art style caught my eye before anything, but after I bought it I realized the story is just as good. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes both scifi and folklore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2013

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    I love Brian K. Vaughan and this book!

    Brian K. Vaughan has long been my favorite comics writer. I was overjoyed to find out he was returning to comics with Saga. Then I wondered if I was building it up too much in my head and was expecting too much. Well, after reading the first collection of Saga I realize it doesn’t matter what I think, BKV is amazing. Saga is pure unfettered imagination. A truly original idea book that can literally go anywhere. He creates a world(s) that is easy to understand by frighteningly odd. This was a such a strange book, but in a good way. Fiona Staples does a phenomenal job of crafting a weirdly beautiful world of aliens, robots, and so much more. Overall, this is a fantastic book in which one of the best writers in the world is just letting loose. Great book!

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

    Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples make a great team. With grea

    Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples make a great team. With great story and excellent artwork, Saga Vol 1 has everything you'd look for in a graphic novel.

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