Saga Box Set

, #1-9

Box set, 1524 pages

English language

Published Jan. 29, 2021 by Image Comics.

ISBN:
978-1-5343-2140-3
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4 stars (136 reviews)

Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by the American company Image Comics. The series is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts a husband and wife, Alana and Marko, from long-warring extraterrestrial races, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their daughter, Hazel, who is born in the beginning of the series, and who occasionally narrates the series as an unseen adult.

The comic was described in solicitations as "Star Wars meets Game of Thrones", and by critics as evocative of both science fiction and fantasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings and classic works like Romeo and Juliet. It is Vaughan's first creator-owned work to be published through Image Comics, and is the first time he …

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Review of 'Saga' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I was a little reluctant to read this. I kept hearing amazing things about it, and thought no way it could live up to the hype. Well, I was wrong because Saga is amazing! I love the diverse range of characters and species and the story has sucked me right in.

I loved these first 6 issues and look forward to reading more!

Review of 'Saga' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The only bad thing I can say about this, is that I was finished too fast.

I enjoyed the drawing style a lot and I am looking forward to reading volumes 2 and 3.

My favorite character must be the ghost girl ... and of course the spaceship that is a kind of tree.

Review of 'Saga, Volume 1' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

While it's definitely not the first story dealing with star-crossed lovers (almost literally in this case, as it involves a romance between soldiers on opposite sides of a genocidal moon/planet war), Saga handles this high concept trope in an action-packed, engaging way.

Furthermore, Saga very skillfully blends the core family drama with grand scale space opera. This series has super science, magic, robots with CRT heads, lie-detecting mercenary cats, living tree rockets, and more aliens than the Star Wars cantina scene. This isn't "by engineers, for engineers" hard SF, it's "wouldn't it be cool if...?" space opera. Vast, with a barrage of cool stuff on every page. And the artwork is some of the most beautiful I've seen in comics.

The characters are ridiculously appealing. For a pair of aliens, central couple Alana and Marko feel like real people, with all the foibles that entails. They're resourceful, brave, and admirably …

Review of 'Saga, Volume 1' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

The artwork is interesting, but the narrative is a bit of a let down. Characters are wiped out just as we're beginning to develop a sense for them, and the dialogue feels disjointed to me. I had high expectations from this book after all the praise I'd heard about it. I didn't get my money's worth.

Review of 'Saga' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I am a big fan of Brian K. Vaughan, and was interested to see him try something new; sadly, it seems, the 'something new' involved abandoning his previous habit of methodical, precise plots and solid characters. That isn't to say that Saga is irrevocably a failure; only, the first book was, pacing-wise, a huge mess. Characters appear in and out of focus with little information, too many flashbacks, and narration that did more to obscure, confuse, and over-stimulate than it did to elucidate.

The worst failure, I think, is the addition of the narrator. Without spoiling anything, I'll say that their inclusion makes the story confusing and disjointed, adding a new perspective to a story already overladen with perspectives, and it compounds that sin by making their perspective tantamount to the survival of certain characters who are often in peril. Which is to say, basically, it takes all the suspense …

Review of 'Saga: Volume 1' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Despite Brian K. Vaughan's often adolescent interests, the creativity of the world and characters in this story shines through. I enjoyed meeting each new character and often studied Fiona Staples' art with a sense of awe. Don't expect anything more than space opera here, but do expect a very well made one.

Review of 'Saga, Volume 1' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Possibly one of the best graphic novels I have read. Beautiful art accompanied and writing that leaves most other graphic novels appearing very flat.

The content may not be to some peoples taste and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for anyone under the age of 15, matures content and concepts.

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