Saga, The First 50 Issues by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (2012-2018)

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L: 10/10

M: 10/10

Analysis from a saved receipt ran through the wash:

Saga holds a special place in my heart. Over the past couple of decades, as my pull list has changed size according to financial stability and lack of self-control, this book has remained a solid staple. It is the first book I read, and its the first cover I seek when handed my grip of books.

A perfect ten out of ten can’t really do this book justice. Something special happened when Vaughn and Staples came together on this project. The story and the art could not be of a more perfect concoction. Its praises are well-spoken, as it has won countless awards and puts up significant numbers on a monthly (if only) basis. One of the only titles I purchase both single issues and trades of, I see it as my purpose on Earth to get this into the hands of anyone who crosses my path.

The world-building is amazing. The canvas is an intergalactic conflict stemming from a planet and its moon, in which the surrounding universe is now engulfed to varying degrees of intensity. Each character holds such a heavy significance, and you just know they are going to be tragically murdered on the final splash page of the next issue. Even the villains are crafted so perfectly you want to find a bust of them to display on your desk.

The main characters are a family of outlaws, wanted simply for their love standing on opposite sides of a global conflict. The child that everyone in the galaxy wants for one purpose or the other stands in as the narrator, telling the story of Saga as diary passages being recited sometime in the far off future. Her knowledge of how the events unfold lend slight glimpses into the heartbreak and tragedy that no doubt lies just up the road.

As with the majority of Image Comics, this book reads like a script, just begging to be churned into some form television show or movie. The fifty issues (or chapters) published so far burn so little of the candle of the story this world and these characters have to tell. When even a small, obscure character such as the seal-man farmer Ghüs could fuel a backstory worth binge reading, something is being done right. I can only wish that another fifty issues of Saga grace my short boxes.

Oh, and Lying Cat.

Analysis from a horse with no name :
Saga is the first comic book I ever picked up. L sent me this and Sex Criminals and thus started my relationship with graphic stories. This series is never lacking in excitement, and compelling storylines, and the artwork is beyond exceptional.
The collaboration of author and artist is absolute perfection. My imagination could never conjure up the characters being presented yet when I see them coming off my pages. I’m all, “Yeah, that’s exactly how they should look.” Oh, and speaking of characters…what!?! Each new introduction is someone who I love intensely.
To me, the true test of good writing is when I want an entire series on each character, and this not only fits into that genre but might be the best example of it that I have ever seen! I beg for a series following Lying Cat from birth to owner after owner and each attachment and adventure. Oh, and give me 17 trades on the story of Marko’s parents and the life they led before he ever came along.
I won’t lie to you that I feel super badass introducing people to Saga. As someone who knows very little about the comic world, if I can get someone tapped into this series, I look fucking brilliant. I’ll never be ready for this to end. Seriously though…

fiona and brianBrian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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