Saga, Vol. 1

Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples
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. Voted #2 Graphic Novel of 2012 by Amazon editors.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2018-11-10
Weirdly good. Difficult to recomend. The story is filled with oddly out of place 'contemporary' references and expressions, which at the same time take place in a slapdash sf/fantasy world. For example, there is a great war between a planet and a moon, which at the same time spans the galaxy. Everyone, regardless of horns or wings, speaks like they're from Ohio. There is character called 'Baron Robot IV' with a television for a head but a human body, wearing a 19th century aristocrats military uniform. And so on. If a kid handed you this to read, you would chuckle (with either pity or condescension) and not give it a second thought.

But instead of 'some kid', it's Brian K. Vaughan, i.e. clearly someone that knows how to write. This bare fact and other more subtle clues (e.g. the expert pacing) suggest that the amateurishness of the setting is not an accident but a deliberate choice. What looks like crap is in reality an Ode to Crap, a riff on the storytelling of childhood, an old song in your head from way back, played back as an adult, looking back.

There's a lot going on structurally that I really like. Like a child's story, the narrator is a child. But instead of an orphan with a 'special destiny' etc., the story is the story of her parents. The character and motives that drive the plot are those of a parent, not a child. It's a story about parenthood, not childhood. The narrator is talking about her past, about events that occured when she was a baby. So while she is telling the story, at the same time this is a story that must have been told TO her. Basically, the story, this Saga, is simultaneously a story told as if by a child and as if by a parent for a child. I might have a think about this and blather in more detail later.

Lastly, the art by Fiona Staples is top notch. Vaughan claims that she told him a joke about herself as a comic book artist: "You can't make a comic book without staples!" This is the sort of anecdote that is so good that it doesn't even matter if it's true. If you get it, just go with it, and enjoy the ride.
Reviewed: 2018-10-08

An epic series I just now discovered. I read the first volume and was hooked. I like the blend of sci-fi and fantasy with both space and magic rolled into one series. Also great to see a story about an interracial family! I'm sure I'll read all of these.

Reviewed: 2018-04-21
If you want a discourse in the stupidity of war and the triumph of hope; this is it.
Reviewed: 2018-01-02
Upon reading this for the second time, I know that I love this series. I cannot wait to read the second one.
Reviewed: 2017-08-09

First graphic novel ever read. And what a surprise it was. The format of this genre is very different from regular books. There's art, and at first I wasn't sure how much time I should be spending inspecting the art of each panel, after reading the text. But eventually I reached an easy pace, and finished the volume within a couple hours. 

The story is fully unique. A sci-fi opera about star-crossed lovers from waring spiecies. Both have betrayed thier own in different ways, and are therefore being hunted by both sides. Marco and Alana have a lot of chemistry, something I wasn't sure could be portrayed well in a graphic novel, but the art may have actually helped. You can see how they look at eachother; the love and joy, usually with a touch of exasperation on Alana's part.

The  Will, a bounty hunter sent to kill Marco and Alana and capture their child, Hazel, was another interesting character. He's cold and withdrawn, as one generally is when their job involves murder, but man did he have a heart of gold when he met the young girl slave. He forgets about his pride and pauses his mission to get her out to safety. How pure. 

Reviewed: 2015-08-24

This is probably the fastest I've ever read through a graphic novel! The art style and the bizarre world they present to you is absolutely captivating! There are so many interesting creature designs and mysterious plot to uncover. This graphic novel is set aside with our ADULT graphic novel section because of some of its content. You can pick up this graphic novel at the Colona Public Library! ~Ashley








Warning to the few like myself with tokophobia: There is a birthing scene and thankfully it is short.

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