[469]: Saga Deluxe Edition

DSC_0783 GOODREADS SUMMARY: Saga Issues 1-6, Saga Issues 7-12, Saga Issues 13-18 | Written by Brian K. Vaughn | Illustrated by Fiona Staples | Publication Date: November 24, 2014 | Hardcover bound | Science Fiction | Graphic Novel | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I read issues 1 – 12 a long time ago. At the time, I didn’t quite know how to go about reviewing these comics. Heck, before then, I never really know that I could get into reading comics, period. Saga’s buzz somehow broke through a milieu of Young Adult titles and into my reading circuit. Because of its format, I easily polished off all issues in one sitting.

It was different. It was funny, and unapologetically crass. It’s an odd feeling for someone who’s been so used to devouring pages upon pages of words to be reading something that had more pictures than words.

I’ve always steered clear of anything resembling Science Fiction. But as soon as I started this series, I thought this is the type of Science Fiction I could easily get into. Where the world is there for me to see, and there’s very little chance that I could develop a brain cramp.

 This month, all 18 issues were bound into one spectacular copy.  So of course, I couldn’t resist. 

Saga is the story of Hazel, a child borne into a world in perpetual war with another planet (in this case, moon). Her parents are what you would call as mortal enemies. But that didn’t stop these two from copulating and bringing their bundle of joy into a world full of violence and strife. We see Hazel come into the world with the military on their heels, but because her parents has kickass blood thrumming through their veins, they escaped detainment, and/or imminent  deaths.

Both planets are determined to find them; each one with their own agendas. More than anything, they want them punished for consorting with the enemy. But there are forces (very limited) in the works that want to achieve peace. Through Hazel and her parents, they can show that it doesn’t always have to end in bloodshed and hate. So there are social implications in this story as well. Unconditional love, abolition of hate against another race, and peace amongst the planets of the entire galaxy.

This was such a delight to read. The story moves at a fast pace, that you’d literally be flipping through pages faster than you can digest what you just read. It’s funny, highly imaginative, clever, with beautiful illustrations that your eyes will be more than happy to gorge on.  I’ve thought about taking snap shots of my favourite scenes, but that would mean I would be taking pictures of the entire novel. I mean I could go on for days about this book. But I think you should do yourself a favour and experience it for yourself.

  • Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

    Good to see you enjoyed them, even though it’s been a while since you read the others!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • I would love to be able to read these… Everyone raves about them.

    • These are awesome! Give them a chance. 😀

  • Comics/fantasy are not really my thing but EVERYONE loves SAGA so I’m pretty sure it will find its way to my bookshelf (sooner or later)
    And hey, you have Disqus now!!

    • ….and I just deactivated Disqus. I’m confused. Lol. I’m sticking with the WP commenting system.

  • I haven’t read many graphic novels, but I just might have to give these a try. You make them sound fantastic!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • They are as fantastic as I make them sound. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your thoughts about these when you get around to reading them. 🙂

  • Aw. Fantastic review Joy. <3 I'm so glad you are loving these novels. The covers are pretty gorgeous 😀 I do want to read comics/graphic novels. As I do like pretty pictures, hih (A) Soon, I hope. <3 Thank you for sharing about these sweetie 🙂

    • You’ll probably love these, C. If you don’t mind sex, violence and gore, this will be right up your alley. 🙂

      • Weeell.. hah. I actually love sex, violence and gore (A) just wishing it happened more in YA books. Hmph.

  • I will admit that reading comics is not something I would think to do. I read the occasional graphic novel and the occasional manga/anime, but not a comic yet. I do want to read more superhero comics though. And the pictures to these look so well done! I admire the artist.

    • Oh man. You have to check out the illustrations inside! It’s pretty crazy. I hope you’ll give these a chance, because like I said, they’re highly addictive!

  • Crass yes such a fabulous sort of crass haha. I twisted buying the deluxe edition since I own the volumes…I just couldn’t justify it. Maybe as a goody for someone. I love this graphic novel tho and next volume is on pre-order!

    • It so was totally expensive! I can’t believe i forked out $50 for this thing. Ugh.

  • Gosh, these sound amazing Joy! And love those covers. I’m really surprised, I never took you for a comic reader, so I know these must be really special to have kept you entertained. I’m going to have to grab a copy and check out. I’m all for new experiences and the storyline sounds right up my ally.

    Thanks so much for sharing Joy <3 I love visiting, I can't tell you how many new titles I've found that I would never have discovered on my own <3

    • Yes, you must! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

  • Oh my gawd. It’s amazing and I love everything about the series!! a must read for comic book readers…and even people being introduced to the genre 😉

    • That is exactly right! If one is not familiar with graphic novels/comics, this series alone will make a reader out of the them.

  • I will recommend this to my son, he loves Manga.

    • Oh and where are your share buttons?

      • Ack. I’ve been meaning to upload that plug ins. Done! Thanks, hun. <3

    • My daughter loves Manga, too. 🙂 This one is not age appropriate for her yet. Because it has foul language, sex, and violence. How old is your son?

  • These bound covers are gorgeous! I can see how easily it would be to escape to the writing and art. I need to look into a series, there are just so many to choose from and I have no idea where to start, lol. I think I’ve seen ones (maybe many) with fairy tale renditions that would be fun to checkout.
    Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  • I’ve never really found comic books to be all that interesting, but I must admit this one has grabbed my interest and it’s beautiful! Maybe I should read my first comic soon. 🙂

    • I hope you’ll give it a try. The story is pretty amazing. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  • Oh, I never thought you for a comic reader, but this does sound interesting. Maybe it’s time I start reading comics ,too. Never read it before.

    • I know right? This one is a good starting point if you’re thinking about it. 🙂

  • So happy you found a scifi-ish type read that was for you! I admit, it isn’t my go to genre either but once in awhile I will find one that surprises me as well. It is so nice when that happens.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • This one is the right type of Sci-fi for me, for sure. I hate abusing my imagination. Lol. 🙂

  • Funny that we published the same post within 24 hours of each other! I give my thanks to you for making me aware of Saga — even if you hadn’t posted a review at the time, I saw your rating on Goodreads and your discussion with other bloggers.

    • Yay for book communities! 🙂 Seriously cannot wait to read volume 4 with you! It’s going to be tough since I’m away that week. But I will drive to the nearest B & N to get my copy!

  • Oh Joy, you’ve put it perfectly! I haven’t been reading graphic novels for years, but Saga has brought my love for them back. It is truly such an odd story, but its underlying themes are so relatable to our world today. I can’t wait to continue it!

    • I know, me too! Volume four comes out next week?

  • i rarely read comics but this one is bound beautifully! science fiction is something i can definitely get into when it’s raining and dark outside and i can see the stars from the windows. suddenly anything seems possible =) this one sounds brilliant, thank you so much for recommending!!

    • I hope you’ll enjoy, Alicia. Seriously addicting stuff. 🙂

  • Christy

    Swoon… you had me at crass. lol.

    • I think you’ll love these, Christy. Give it a try, will you? 🙂