Review: Saga, Volume 1 by Brain K. Vaughan
Saga, Volume 1 by Brain K. Vaughan
The first issue of Saga was published on March 14, 2012. The first six-issue story arc was published in trade paperback form in October 2012 (this is the version I read). The series won a number of Eisner Awards in 2013 and 2014, and the first trade paperback collection won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Published monthly by Image Comics.
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.” (Goodreads)
I had some hesitation about getting these. I always feel like such a follower when a book or in this case a graphic novel is hyped and I dive right in to make the purchase.Every one was 100% right though, this was amazing! This graphic novel is excellent! I haven’t read a bunch of graphic novels, but I have started to dabble in them. I’ve read Doomboy, American Born Chinese, Big Questions (about halfway) & now Saga, but seriously this is such a good story. As I said I didn’t want to fall prey to the hype so I only picked up the 1st volume and what a mistake!!! Since then I have been able to pick up the other trade paperbacks 2-4 and I’m so excited to read them and continue the story. Just the first volume and it’s short but within those pages we were introduced to several cool, unique characters with back stories, the world is already starting to take shape, the art is stunning, the conflict perfect and the resolution is of course a cliff hanger. If graphic novels are new to you and you are mature enough for adult content I highly recommend you pick this up.
Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).
Recently named “Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Book Resources, Vaughan’s work has been featured and/or reviewed in countless mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, MTV, National Public Radio, and feminist magazine Bust, which photographed him for their “Men We Love” issue (don’t ask).
As an undergraduate film student at New York University, Vaughan got his big break as part of Marvel’s Stanhattan Project, a workshop for aspiring comic book writers. In the ten years since, he has written nearly all of the major DC and Marvel characters, everyone from Batman to the X-Men.
In September of 2006, Vertigo released Vaughan’s first original graphic novel, Pride of Baghdad, lavishly illustrated by artist Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an unbelievable true story of four lions who escaped the Baghdad Zoo during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pride is equal parts anthropomorphic adventure and Animal Farm-like parable about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, and was described as “the best novel so far” about the war by the UK’s Telegraph.
Along with his creator-owned work, Vaughan is currently writing The Escapists, a Dark Horse miniseries inspired by Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, as well as a new Doctor Strange limited series for Marvel with artist Marcos Martin.
Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Saga. She has been cited as one of the best female artists working in the industry, and one of the best artists overall.