“A compelling space opera set in an original universe, Saga takes common themes and tropes and makes them fresh in a beautifully drawn and well-written comic series.”see full review » see other reviews »
“A compelling space opera set in an original universe, Saga takes common themes and tropes and makes them fresh in a beautifully drawn and well-written comic series.”Mrbwaters wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Beautiful and really engaging. Can't wait to read the next installment.”Polljax wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brian Vaughan is always worth reading, and in this start to a new ... well, "saga", we begin - at the beginning: the protagonist's birth. There's a sort of side-narrative by her, but the action pretty much follows the desire by various political forces to eliminate her 'racially' Romeo & Julietted parents and her, their miscegnated offspring!
The illustrations are engaging; not the far more crisp and detailed illustrations of Vaughan's earlier collaborator, Tony Harris. Fiona Staples' contribution is often more 'melodic', which suits this story - it's more romantic (even if it seems in a very R&J sense!) than "Ex machina"”
“Graphic novels are not always my thing, but this is fucking amazing. I need to borrow the next one stat.”Kathryn W wrote this review Monday, April 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brian K Vaughan has done it again, the man behind the awesome "Y the Last man" comes roaring back with this story that seems a cross between Star wars and a Game of Thrones. A must read for any comic book fan!”Comic Costello wrote this review Saturday, March 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This might be the first thing I've read in any format that has successfully mixed science fiction and fantasy well since the term was made up nearly 40 years ago. What makes this work more than spell slinging and spaceships are star crossed lovers Marko and Alana. Yes, their worlds are at war, yes, they shouldn't have brought a child into this situation.
But, they did. They're on the run, and Vaughn has made those following them interesting as well. Hopefully, he'll avoid the angst and IMO poor storytelling that marred the the last couple of volumes of Y, the Last Man.”
“Favorite new series ”Brian Shea wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A solid start to a sublimely weird series about two Soldiers from opposing armies (one fantastical, the other more science fiction oriented) who fall in love and desert their respective sides. They have a child and so begins the chase as both sides try to capture them and their mixed-breed baby for some, as yet unexplained, reason.
The meshing of sci-fi and fantastical/magical elements is interesting and makes for some interesting world-building. Though it might be more gimmicky if it doesn't hold. (The fact that the title "SAGA!" is so grandiose doesn't help). The artwork is quite nice with some very inventive character designs.
Vaughn's "Y: The Last Man" started strong but stalled heavily towards the end so I hope this one doesn't follow the same pattern. There was enough happening here to make me want the next volume, but I was not blown away. ”
“How to describe Saga? It's like someone took Firefly, coated it liberally in WTF, and sprinkled a little Quentin Tarantino on top. Yeah, it's some wonderfully messed up stuff.
The planet Landfall is at war with one of its moons, known as Wreath. The indigenous people of Landfall seem reliant on technology and sport some nifty little insect-like wings, while the people of Wreath have horns (they may be my favorites, as each character in the later issues have horns varying from rhino, to antelope, to ox) and are adept at magic. The war between these cultures has become an accepted part of life, the hatred of the enemy deeply ingrained in both species.
Now enter Marko and Alana, from Wreath and Landfall, respectively, who are ex-soldiers in this war. Defying their cultures, they have fallen in love and their newborn child, Hazel, has marked them for termination by basically everyone in the universe. Both have known violence and are adept at using it to protect each other and Hazel. On the run from the numerous assassins tracking them, they banter away like a married couple and slowly reveal the history that brought them to this juncture.
And now for a convenient list of the absurdities that await the Saga reader, so you can gauge whether or not the "WTF" element is acceptable to you:
--a planet known as Sextillion that specializes in, you guessed it, sex
--prostitutes that consist of giant heads teetering on top of Rockette style legs
--a forest that actually grows rocketships
--a race of robots that have television screens for heads
--graphic sex scene featuring the aforementioned robots
--a topless assassin with the torso of a human (sans arms) and spider from the waist down
--the ghost of a teenage girl who must have suffered a gruesome death as she's nothing but hanging intestines from the waist down; naturally, she tags along as Hazel's "babysitter"
--and LYING CAT, my new favorite comic book character is a giant feline sidekick to The Will, one of the assassins contacted about offing Marko and Alana; Lying Cat can detect whether or not others are engaging in a bit of creative truth telling
While the base storyline is one we've read before, the execution is unlike anything I've ever read. Vaughan gleefully injects new and intriguing absurdities into the premise and it's really difficult to get a fix on where this sucker is going--but that's part of the great thing. The ride is so much fun that I really don't care. The artwork by Fiona Staples has a raw and edgy quality that suits the storyline perfectly.
I've been getting the monthly issues, which have the added benefit of a letters section in which Vaughan responds to reader letters. The results are often hilarious and I find myself looking forward to this section with the same anticipation I look forward to the storyline. ”
“You have to appreciate science fiction and fantasy to enjoy this graphic novel because there are some unqiue creations in this graphic novel. There is a strong social commentary about war, violence, and racism that is well done in this story of inter-planetary segregation and rebellion. The story is throughly engrossing and the characters are well conceived. The story left me wanting to read the next volume. There is no question this is an adult graphic novel because of the sex, but mature older teens may also enjoy the story. I found the artwork decent, but not remarkable.”clockwork-serenity wrote this review Wednesday, December 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No