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[Volume One]
Vaughan, Brian K. (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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"--Cover p. [4].
Authors: Vaughan, Brian K.
Title: Saga
[Volume one]
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. :, Image Comics,, 2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,26 cm
Summary: "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"--Cover p. [4].
Audience: Rated M for mature
Additional Contributors: Staples, Fiona
Alternate Title: Saga
ISBN: 1607066017
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Va
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Report This Mar 09, 2014
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was amazing. Imaginative, fresh, witty, there's really nothing here that you can hate! Marko and Alana, who have met and fallen in love despite being on opposite sides of a war that's gone on so long that worlds and soldiers are contracted out, have a child and the fact that there is a child between the two different parties (and that it was even possible) threatens the goals of both sides. You meet everyone in this volume. Both sides of the war, the contractors, the freelancers hired to kill the parents and take the baby alive. Everyone leaps off the page and everyone is just so fascinating and have their own motivations and desires. I want to hear more from everyone we've met so far and I'm really liking that we haven't discussed as to why they are at war. Perhaps it's gone on so long that no one really remembers. Anyway it's well drawn, well written, and if you love sci-fi and/or fantasy you'll love this.

Report This Feb 27, 2014
  • BrianLaBelle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This story didn't live up to the hype for me. It's definitely interesting, entertaining science fiction but I don't see it to be as groundbreaking as many seem to think it is.

Report This Feb 02, 2014
  • forbesrachel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Powerful, and emotive, this is the melding of Fantasy and Sci-Fi that fans have been waiting for. At the core is the story of a mixed-species family, running from the conflict of their two cultures who cannot accept their union. Marko and Alana were on separate sides, but while little is known about their pasts at this point, it is clear that they now love each other, and are determined to protect their family. Every bit of writing is used intelligently, delivering at the same time the plot, an atmosphere with emotional impact, as well as creating complex personalities. Even the hunters that chase them have morals and reasons for their actions. Not one character is black or white, and it is certainly this family's past that is their greatest threat. Fortunately some unexpected and unlikely allies help them survive. Both the written and drawn content is mature, but the creators know the stories boundaries, and always do things with a purpose in mind. Without this focus, the tone could have been radically different. Afterall, these are people we are meant to empathize with; sharing in their joys and hardships. While the majority of the volume is hopeful, there is a sense of foreboding, as it is their daughter Hazel who narrates their tale from somewhere in the future. For now though, this family's journey has just begun. Theirs is truly a love story that crosses the bridge of "difference", ready to entrance all.

Report This Jan 10, 2014
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brian K. Vaughn (Y: The Last Man) has created a delightful Romeo & Juliet tale of two young rebels from opposing sides of an intergalactic war who have fallen in love and gotten married. Worse, they have had a baby daughter. Now it seams both sides have put the two on the top of their respective hit lists. Fiona Staples arts is imaginative in creating such a complex universe, with touches from science fiction and fantasy, complex spider-women, winged soldiers, truth-sensing giant cats... it's all tons of fun.

Report This Sep 23, 2013
  • Elpheba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love absolutely everything about this series so far. The world building is out standing and every single character I really like. I'm really surprised to see some comments about the art not being good. Fiona Staples has become one of my favorite artists after I read these.

Report This Sep 18, 2013
  • marshmellowbrodie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved Y: The Last Man, but it was more a slow burn than Saga which I was hooked on from the first few pages. I know there have been criticisms of the art but I think Fiona Staples' work is great. The facial expressions in particular convey a lot about the characters.

Report This Jul 05, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Let's be honest, the art is a little empty. The backgrounds often look like Staples ran out of time and only had time enough to detail a single tortoise-o-war among a full battlefield (I'm looking at you Murder Valley segment). Yet these simple drawings do a wonderful job of conveying character's emotions while also leaving our own imaginations to fill in the alien folklore of this sci-fi-fantastic world they've created. My only other gripe is that I want to know more about these characters and their story and I wanted it lightyears ago!

Report This May 03, 2013
  • Brenda74 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I am in the midst of reading this and find it brilliant. The art is wonderful and the story is full of blended genres done so smoothly!

Report This May 03, 2013
  • BebethMW rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While I enjoyed the idea of a cross- genre graphic novel (essentially fantasty in space), I didn't immediately connect with the main characters. However, based on "Y: the Last Man," Vaughn is an excellent storyteller and I look forward to reading more of "Saga."

Report This Apr 30, 2013
  • klutzrick rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Saga marks the triumphant return of writer Vaughn to creator-owned work after years of toiling in television scripting and helming several superhero titles. Much like his previous endeavors including the lauded series Y: The Last Man On Earth and Ex-Machina, Vaughn smartly relies on interpersonal interactions as the crux to his larger-than-life tale. Two opposing soldiers of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, have a child, and even as agents from both sides attempt to destroy the new family, valiantly challenge the status quo. Vaughn, abetted by the lush Staples art, delivers a new twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet trope with exotic aliens, unbridled sexuality, complex political structures, family squabbles, and even a Guess Who's Coming to Dinner moment. Staples, who handles all the aspects of the art including inking and coloring, has created a gorgeous alien vista. The vibrant colors, deftly handled, and the delicate brush strokes breathe life into this complex vision. Saga, Volume One promises a unique and powerful science fiction experience, just this side of The Incal.

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Report This May 03, 2013
  • BebethMW rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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