Saga
At long last, it's finally time for the THIRD massive hardcover collection of SAGA, the critically acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy series from the multiple Eisner Award-winning team of artist FIONA STAPLES and writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN. Collecting 18 of the most shocking and impactful issues from the epic tale of Hazel and her star-crossed parents, this deluxe edition features a striking, all-new original cover from Fiona Staples, as well as exclusive, never-before-seen extras.Collects SAGA #37-54

Saga Details

TitleSaga
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 4th, 2019
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534312210
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adult

Saga Review

  • Taylan Berk
    January 1, 1970
    Oh god. Why? I hate this. I hate this sooooo sooo much.I consider these issues as a direct attack to my mental health.Just why?
  • Gerasimos
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading Saga almost two years ago, but because I took the decision to only read it in the form of these collected editions and not the individual issues or volumes (just because I like my graphic novels chunky), I have been waiting for this for over a year. But oh boy, was it worth the wait!After 54 issues the story has really come a long way and it was in this volume that the complexities of each story arc culminated to an explosive mid-point. I have fallen in love with every single c I started reading Saga almost two years ago, but because I took the decision to only read it in the form of these collected editions and not the individual issues or volumes (just because I like my graphic novels chunky), I have been waiting for this for over a year. But oh boy, was it worth the wait!After 54 issues the story has really come a long way and it was in this volume that the complexities of each story arc culminated to an explosive mid-point. I have fallen in love with every single character and what's interesting about this story is that we follow both the main protagonists and their antagonists (or what would traditionally be the comic book villains if you will). This unusual way of alternating sides makes the reader rooting for everyone, even though the characters are working against each other. As a result, no matter who is winning the reader ends up heartbroken. And that's my favourite thing about Saga: how ballsy it is. They are not scared to make big decisions, kill important characters and break the reader's heart. They also love changing things up and creating new situations that drastically change the feel of the story, essentially rebooting the work with every new volume. Saga may be an intergalactic story set in different planets across the galaxy, featuring a very diverse cast of characters ranging from aliens to beasts and lovable pets but in the heart of this gorgeous colourful world lies the simple story of a family and their interpersonal relationships. This is what makes this story so great and this is why this particular book broke my heart time and time again. The final pages of this volume may be their most controversial decision to date and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
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  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    I had no idea when I picked up the first volume of Saga in 2015 that I was going to become so invested in the series!  I read comics as a kid, sure, but this is not your average comic and it's certainly not kid-friendly.While Saga is full of sex and violence, it's also a beautifully illustrated tale of family and acceptance with social commentary on the pulse of current hot button topics.Readers follow Alana and Marko, two soldiers from different planets in a long war to destroy each other.  Ala I had no idea when I picked up the first volume of Saga in 2015 that I was going to become so invested in the series!  I read comics as a kid, sure, but this is not your average comic and it's certainly not kid-friendly.While Saga is full of sex and violence, it's also a beautifully illustrated tale of family and acceptance with social commentary on the pulse of current hot button topics.Readers follow Alana and Marko, two soldiers from different planets in a long war to destroy each other.  Alana (from Landfall) and Marco (from Wreath) are in love and on the run from both Landfall and Wreath for betrayal of their own kind.  Once their daughter Hazel is born, they'll do anything to protect her.The family collect friends like Izabel, the ghost of a girl killed in the war who is bonded to Hazel; and foes, like the assassin known as The Will who is never more than a step behind.Along the way, Hazel and her grandmother are captured and held in a Landfallian prison while Alana and Marko maintain an uneasy alliance with one of their biggest enemies, Prince Robot IV.Alana and Marko are eventually reunited with Hazel and it isn't long before the couple realizes they're expecting a second baby and settle for a time on the comet Phang.Saga: Book Three collects volumes 7-9 (issues 37-54) and let me just say I was not emotionally prepared for the heartbreaks endured.  While Alana and Marko should be enjoying their reunion with Hazel, they face a miscarriage after a dramatic exit from the comet Phang.  Old foes return and the family must make decisions about their future but are interrupted by an enemy's arrival.A shocking cliffhanger leaves readers stunned and in need of the next issue immediately ...only to find that creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are taking at least a year long hiatus from the series to recharge.  Vaughan promises they will return because the story is not over yet, with plenty more major events.  Saga has been going strong since 2012 and has built a community of faithful readers emotionally invested in the lives of the characters.  All of the characters, from the family members to their pursuers, are well developed and genuine; each adding to the storyline in compelling and necessary ways.Hazel is a fantastic and honest narrator giving readers are given a candid look at war with all its prejudice and violence, but also an assertive look at family, love, and devotion.If you appreciate innovative stories, whether you're a regular reader of graphic novels or not, Saga is a series worth checking out.  It's a wildly creative sci-fi/fantasy covering contemporary issues.Thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Saga: Book Three is scheduled for release on June 4, 2019.For more reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Brandon St Mark
    January 1, 1970
    I read this as single issues and I STILL cried in the end. This series is just so beautiful. I can’t wait to see what they do when they come back from Intermission because shit has really changed this time around.
  • Mel (thebookishmel)
    January 1, 1970
    THE SHEER PAIN VOLUME NINE PUT ME IN.I. WAS. NOT. READY. I didn't expect that ending, and I'm genuinely GUTTED. This entire series is something else, man. Genuinely wowed!
  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT: Stupid mobile not hiding spoilers. I removed them completely on the off chance I ruin something for somebody.Finally! I held off reading the last couple of trade paperbacks because I wanted to wait for this beautiful edition.I can't believe I didn't love Saga from the very beginning. I guess I just wasn't sure what to expect and it took me a little while to get the whole graphic-science fiction-fantasy world. But at some point it just clicked and it became one of my favorite comic series. EDIT: Stupid mobile not hiding spoilers. I removed them completely on the off chance I ruin something for somebody.Finally! I held off reading the last couple of trade paperbacks because I wanted to wait for this beautiful edition.I can't believe I didn't love Saga from the very beginning. I guess I just wasn't sure what to expect and it took me a little while to get the whole graphic-science fiction-fantasy world. But at some point it just clicked and it became one of my favorite comic series. Fiona Staples' art continues to impress me, there's one splash page that made me think "holy shit..." because of the epic scale of the scene. I really like all of the characters, and I think there's such a nice amount of diversity of characters in terms of gender, race and sexuality. I don't want to speak for anyone who doesn't fall into my own gender/sexual spectrum but I think they're all written in a very well-rounded, human way. So, for the most part this is a wacky fun adventure, but every now and then there's this emotional kick in the balls. It happens about halfway through this volume. The story really takes it to this tragically emotional place, but it's Staples' art that really sells the beautiful sadness of the moment. Seeing the sadness in Hazel's tiny little face is heartbreaking.As can be seen, I love Saga, it's beautiful and funny and sad. There are times where I can just stare at the pages, at the faces of the characters... the way Fiona Staples draws people smiling, the in depth moral arguments mixed in with crude humour, the epic scale, the tiny human touches, Ghüs... I can't wait to see where it goes next.Review of Book OneReview of Book Two
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  • Thomas De Ceglie
    January 1, 1970
    The cliffhanger and the hiatus will be the hardest wait ever--can't wait for volume 10..whenever that is!
  • Amanda Stelter
    January 1, 1970
    What. The. Crap. That ending. What? How am I supposed to wait for the next volume!!!
  • Keshav
    January 1, 1970
    Review of Vols #1-#54Review of Vols #1-#54Right. Some script of a big budget action movie instead of a comic. An intergalactic story featuring a division of the universe based on alliance with either of two belligerents, planet Landfall and its moon, Wreath (yeah, terrible names). Peopled by different species, ofc, with boilerplate racial hatred. Man and girl from opposite sides fall in love have a kid teach her (yawns). Teenage morality lessons and worldview, recited by this hybrid kid reflecti Review of Vols #1-#54Review of Vols #1-#54Right. Some script of a big budget action movie instead of a comic. An intergalactic story featuring a division of the universe based on alliance with either of two belligerents, planet Landfall and its moon, Wreath (yeah, terrible names). Peopled by different species, ofc, with boilerplate racial hatred. Man and girl from opposite sides fall in love have a kid teach her (yawns). Teenage morality lessons and worldview, recited by this hybrid kid reflecting on her past (everybody always talks like a teenager, no ideas are complex, its all world peace and harmony, thoughts and prayers stuff). Samples: Hero doesnt spank the wife during sex (when asked, pointedly) because he doesnt 'hit women'. Hero also puts down weapons because he wouldn't do violence after birthing the kid (nevermind that both planets actively seek to kill both parents) but every nth panel is a gory fight scene (because action!). Everyone has chiselled and rectangular bodies (bleh its a story about warriors so thats how they look yabber yabber), Its a capitalist book of art, formulaic, violence and nudity, odd things and lame explanations. Different species need to talk? Heh different languages but translation rings! (Mercifully little) dialogue in the Wreath's tongue (Blue language, written in the comic with blue text, very deep indeed) is in Esperanto (just googled), no glossary/footnotes so basically fuck you the reader (not committed enough to look up Blue words, sorry). Gotta be on the run? Live in secluded planets in a tree rocket that provides food organically. Arbitrarily right wing comments 'villagers dont put virgins in the volcano without expecting something in return, right?' well maybe but its not relevant to the plot so whats your point again? Good art (or just a lot of symmetric beasts in rich colour in action). Full colour panels with some quirky Galactic species (one planet's citizens have screens for heads and caricature English royalty) are engaging
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  • Drucilla
    January 1, 1970
    Gah! Soooo many character deaths in this book! And most of them were people I liked! Plus that cliffhanger! Right before the creators went on hiatus? Not cool.
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    Omg wtf that was devastating. I tried to pace myself, but ended up flying through the volumes. Going to be a long wait...
  • HiRo
    January 1, 1970
    Saga likes to do this thing where it ropes me in with cliffhangers that don't end up really mattering in the end. Parents wake up to find a mysterious boy who looks exactly like their daughter standing over them? Nah, just an illusion. Alana goes to a late term abortion blood-coyote who is implied to be extremely dangerous in her practice? Nah, she's fine. The Will gets shot in the abdomen by a crazed murderer? Oh yeah she's a murderer but not *his* murderer, he's fine, his intestinal system is Saga likes to do this thing where it ropes me in with cliffhangers that don't end up really mattering in the end. Parents wake up to find a mysterious boy who looks exactly like their daughter standing over them? Nah, just an illusion. Alana goes to a late term abortion blood-coyote who is implied to be extremely dangerous in her practice? Nah, she's fine. The Will gets shot in the abdomen by a crazed murderer? Oh yeah she's a murderer but not *his* murderer, he's fine, his intestinal system is made of steel. So the last few pages of this book didn't quite move me as make me suspicious. The intrusive thoughts of "Oh, look a tragic death, I wonder if it's really a death or if Saga will worm its way outta this one too" kind of softened the blow for me, but hell, it's Saga, I still love it.
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  • Hana
    January 1, 1970
    Yet again, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take us on an epic journey as tensions escalate in our protagonists's attempt to survive another day together. This story truly has evolved since its beginning, with new characters being added that round the group together in new ways, as well as old characters completely changing narrative directions. It's amazing to see how the story as well as characters grow, and while this edition didn't evoke quite the same level of emotions in me as the previo Yet again, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take us on an epic journey as tensions escalate in our protagonists's attempt to survive another day together. This story truly has evolved since its beginning, with new characters being added that round the group together in new ways, as well as old characters completely changing narrative directions. It's amazing to see how the story as well as characters grow, and while this edition didn't evoke quite the same level of emotions in me as the previous ones did, it was still a hell of a ride. The storyline and artwork work together amazingly to tell the story in creative ways, and I love the new characters that have been introduced. This is one of the few stories that literally has me gasping out loud in reaction to certain plot twists. Waiting for the update is going to be rough.
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    “Brilliant. I’ve once again entrusted my future to a pair of lovesick imbeciles.”Saga is my favourite series, and I wait for the hardcover collections so I can binge a catch up all at once. I purchased book three as a gift to myself and left it in its plastic for weeks, waiting for a perfect moment. Today as fat summer raindrops splashed on my roof, I spent a perfect uninterrupted hour savouring this book and it did not disappoint. The story, characters, and art are all spectacular and I get com “Brilliant. I’ve once again entrusted my future to a pair of lovesick imbeciles.”Saga is my favourite series, and I wait for the hardcover collections so I can binge a catch up all at once. I purchased book three as a gift to myself and left it in its plastic for weeks, waiting for a perfect moment. Today as fat summer raindrops splashed on my roof, I spent a perfect uninterrupted hour savouring this book and it did not disappoint. The story, characters, and art are all spectacular and I get completely taken away whenever I have a chance to disappear into this book. I love Saga. LYING CAT. Enough said.
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  • Patrick Terry
    January 1, 1970
    I kept myself willfully in the dark on the last arc of entries in the book. I knew something of significance occurred due to the indefinite hiatus news. Finishing issue #54 and the final panels I was on the floor. Im quite gutted and not emotionally stable. I wasn’t a first comer to Saga, but I have been there since volume 2. My child has grown up almost lock step with Hazel. I understand the hiatus now. They needed it, I need it.
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  • Amanda Lambert
    January 1, 1970
    Death in the saga series is unlike it is in most fiction. It is quick, it is merciless, and it spares no one. Many characters leave us in book three and every one of them is scarring. However, I wouldn't change a single thing. I have faith that the hiatus taking place after this book will not last forever and we will eventually get a satisfying end to this series but until then saga will remain high on my reread list.
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  • B
    January 1, 1970
    If you hate cliff-hangers this omnibus is going to kill you. Its still an amazing story and well worth reading if you haven't already. There are no predictable plot lines, no cheesy love interests. Just life like characters in an awesome, sexy, scifi comic well worth reading. I hate that im going to have to wait for however this story ends.
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  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    Holy Batman! I’m used to this story taking me on twist after twist but whyyyyy oh why did it have to go on these twists?! Ahhhh so much sadness. Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying the progression of the story but to have that last chapter happen at all crushed me and then to have it be the last chapter of the book? Nooooo. When will the next one be available....?
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  • J. Dru
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series, but it was underwhelming and predicable, a very fast read. Not sure if this was the plan from the start as a commentary or if Brian K Vaughan is going through some things .... i couldn't stop hearing the Heavy Metal quote repeating incessantly in my head "you die, she dies, everybody dies".
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  • Shelby Molloseau
    January 1, 1970
    Idk, I always expect more of this than I get. I loved the first book, but the story really went a direction I didn't anticipate and didn't care for. I suspected the tragedy at the end of this piece, so it didn't really hit me. I love the art work and the unique characters...I just wish I was watching them in a different story.
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  • Esette
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series so much. I’m constantly amazed by the art and the story is everything I could want and more. I now have the devastating task of waiting the hiatus out until the come out with more issues.
  • Nicholas Lariviere
    January 1, 1970
    Oooof. Hard to say much without talking about plot points, but Saga has definitely moved beyond the bounds of "game of thrones in space" centered on a single family, and Vaughan continues to be nearly unparalleled.
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I can't even form a proper review. The last volume broke me, okay. Just... excuse me, but what? I'm late to this series, but how in the world is anyone supposed to just wait around after that??
  • Anubhav
    January 1, 1970
    Great, bordering on magnificent. BKV doing his best GRR.
  • Zulma
    January 1, 1970
    Shit.... D:
  • Peter Avalle
    January 1, 1970
    This has got to be one of the best stories I've ever read.
  • ReadWithE
    January 1, 1970
    Stuff just got real
  • Paulina
    January 1, 1970
    Fuck. Me. And now I have to wait a year to find out what happens next?!
  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    A bit of the social commentary included here felt forced, but overall this was a crazy, messy addition to the Saga-verse. That said... that ending? I mean, are you kidding me? 😭
  • Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella
    January 1, 1970
    Saga rocks. And this final part of the first volume... Wow. Gut punch is puttinh it lightly.
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