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Saga #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: March 14, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 52
9.3Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

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Y: THE LAST MAN writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN returns to comics with red-hot artist FIONA STAPLES for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war.

  • 10
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Mar 16, 2012

    As strong as Vaughan's writing is, I think artist Fiona Staples tops him by bringing his visions to life. This is absolutely one of the loveliest comics I've seen in some time. I've seen Staples' work on covers and in an issue of Jonah Hex not too long ago, but those fine efforts pale in comparison to what the Canadian artist has accomplished here. Alana is absolutely loveable, but like the other characters, there's a rougher look at play in her design as well, thanks to Staples' loose style combined with softer colors. There's really not a single character design in the book that's not appealing, from the "robots" to The Will's feline companion. This is as close to a flawless comic book as one might find. The only thing I can find wrong with it is its generic title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Mar 19, 2012

    For $2.99, you're not going to find a better single-issue read anytime soon. Rich in story and beautifully executed, Saga's first chapter sets the bar very high for the rest of this series. I think Vaughan and Staples are up to that challenge. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Blue Raven Comics - Clark Bullock Apr 27, 2012

    Mr. Vaughn. You've done it again my good sir. Even though the series is only two issues in, I already feel so familiar with this brand new world. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Mathis Koos Mar 15, 2012

    Go buy this book immediately and grab Vol. 1 of Y the Last man and Ex Machina while you're at it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Mar 16, 2012

    Already I'm excited at the prospects for Saga. With such a wide open (literal) universe to work with, Vaughan and Staples have large shoes to fill with this series' second issue. I'll be covering the rest of Sagaas it continues, month to month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    iFanboy - Ron Richards Mar 5, 2012

    It's clear that Saga is going to be the kind of ongoing series that comic readers will love, with a personal story to connect with up front, on the backdrop of a war on an epic scale. Saga #1 has everything I would hope for in a modern sci-fi/fantasy comic and more. With one issue, Saga has already earned it's spot as one of the best new comics series of 2012. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekality - Josh Pierce Mar 27, 2012

    With Saga it is so much both, that you feel like it is an all encompassing story. It completely and utterly engulfs you leaving you wanting more. With Saga I will hopefully be repeating this phrase over and over again. This story will leave you breathless, and you will love it for it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Mar 13, 2012

    With 44 pages and no ads and $2.99 pricetag, it's more than a steal; it's almost a crime if you don't pick it up. 2012 is almost a quarter done, but I'm certain that Saga #1 has already established itself as one of the best comics to have come out thus far. I predict this will rocket Staples to the top of the art scene, and usher in new readers for those who haven't been introduced to Vaughan's work already. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Mar 14, 2012

    We have something new and something different. It's also something with a lot of potential. There was a lot of hype surrounding this title prior to its release. Some of that excitement stayed with me as I was reading. It is a first issue and has to introduce us to all the characters, situations and locations but the choice was to do so as the story progresses. This could cause a little confusion for some but knowing who is behind this title, we just need to be a little patient and enjoy it all as it happens. Be aware that this is a mature title and your little brother or sister probably shouldn't be checking this out. It's great to get a new series that fills you with awe. This is just the beginning and I'm already looking forward to a long run. It's comics like this that will put a smile on your face. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Mar 14, 2012

    This book is hard not to gush over, but I will say that take every review for it with a grain of salt. I have already seen countless comments and reviews about this series so much so that it made me skeptical about it. With so much hype behind it it's almost set up for failure if it doesn't continue on the same path it's starting on. As much as I like this book there were still problems with both the story and art, but overall it was fantastic. I don'tknow if you'll like it the same way I did and maybe me listing everything included in this book will scare you away. Hopefully though, you'll check it out and see for yourself why I'm giving it such high praise. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - StephenJondrew Mar 22, 2012

    The story overall is compelling and on a more detailed writing level, Saga uses an excellent balance of dialogue and narration to help fill the issue full of information without feeling overwhelming. If you havent had a chance to pick up Saga #1 yet, do yourself a favor and get your hands on a copy of this I think this will be a title talked about for the rest of the year. Im sure once youve had a chance to read this issue, youll be as eager as I am for the next chapter in this Saga. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Mar 16, 2012

    The illustrations, coloring & Hazels lettering are all done by Fiona Staples (North 40) and she does a phenomenal job. I love the pages where Hazel explains where her parents are from, using a star map and lettering it the way a child would on a black board. Image Comics knocks another one out of the park with this title and Ive got a good feeling about this one. This feels more like a Vertigo title, than an Image title and although there are no warnings on the cover, this is definitely not a book for younger readers. There is nudity, coarse language and sexual situations, which doesnt bother me, but might be offensive to some readers. I must sound like a total square right now, but I think people should be warned. Heres another warning. Skip this title and youll be missing on something very special. Just saying. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Mar 19, 2012

    I'm glad I read this issue and the ending will leave you excited to see how the series concludes next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 17, 2012

    All that and a cliffhanger ending - I can't wait to see where this goes from here! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Multiversity Comics - Walt Richardson Mar 13, 2012

    This could be a mediocre comic, and the price tag alone would sell it. Thankfully, it isn't. This is one of the best first issues I have seen, and will hopefully set a precedent for other comics to follow. The hype surrounding Brian K. Vaughan's return to comics was massive, and almost impossible to live up to, but with the helping hand of the outstanding Fiona Staples, every expectation for this first issue was surpassed. Bring on issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Mar 13, 2012

    If you love comics, you can't miss this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Mar 13, 2012

    Saga #1 is yet another example from Image Comics of what the world of creator owned can be. This tale could not be told in any other medium in the same way and you will be doing yourself a favour if you give this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Mar 15, 2012

    This is the start of something really, really big. The hype is justified. Do not miss out. Get in on the ground floor because I can guarantee that if you don't, you'll just end up reading the first six trades and jumping in at issue 30-something after this series becomes the “it” book. I could be wrong, but this feels like a classic in the making, much like Y. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - cgscreamer Mar 22, 2012

    This is a strong start to what looks set to be a big story by 2 creators and a high in their respective careers. Vaughn hooks you in by teasing a series of events to come but leaves you satisfied by delivering the start of a couple's story beautifully. Staples gives your eyes a feast that you'll enjoy looking at again and again without over shadowing the story and it eases the flow of the narrative and the contrasting themes. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Mar 26, 2012

    Mind you, there's plenty of adult material to be found in these pages (there's breast-feeding and aborted robot sex, for instance) so hyper-sensitive readers might take care to avoid this book if they are easily offended. In that case, though, you will be missing out on a truly special first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Mar 14, 2012

    I don't think it'll come as much surprise to you to hear that I loved Saga #1. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples manage to give the reader both an engaging story and a living world for it to take place in over the course of this opener. As I said, this is definitely a love story, but it's also so much more. There's every reason to give this guy a chance, so why don't you? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Niall Doonan Mar 22, 2012

    Though Im not as convinced as I thought I would be Saga is still very good. My expectations were so high that my review may have suggested a lower score overall than I have given. Despite my doubts, this is still a well written and superbly drawn debut which will surely be another hit for Image. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 16, 2012

    Despite whatever nitpicks I may have, Saga #1 is obviously a strong debut for an intriguing story by two creators with a vision, and it certainly doesn't feel like a rehash of the kind of thing we've seen before. For many fantasy series, the implication of a sprawling, years-long epic to come feels like a threat; for Saga, it's something I can actually look forward to. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 13, 2012

    "Saga" #1 was a strong introduction to Vaughan and Staples' new comic. Where it goes from here is, of course, anyone's guess. With a double-sized opening chapter, I feel like readers should have more than enough of a feel for if they're going to like the comic. Somehow, I suspect most readers are going to stick around for #2. This is yet another great debut from Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 16, 2012

    I wouldn't describe this book as Star Wars at all. Star Wars was a band of characters getting patched together to unite on a cause. Sure, the galactic war element is similar but there is no sense of good or evil here. Everyone that is not helping the couple are potentially the bad guys. Vaughan has putting together a good idea and it is executed very well in the first issue. I definitely recommend checking it out. I think you will enjoy the read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Matthew E. Jones Mar 16, 2012

    Creator-owned projects like this are something where I usually sample the first issue and decide if I'll follow in trade or not. Saga definitely has the makings to be added to my "trade pull list." However, I think Vaughn needs to reign it in with that over-the-top shit he's trying to pull with robot sex and shit-babies. I'm not saying there's something wrong with robot sex or that birth should be depicted as a clean, non-gross thing. All I'm saying is that some tact wouldn't hurt. Come on, Vaughn, stop trying so hard to be witty. Stick to what you're good at, and that's telling good stories with even better characters. Read Full Review

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