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You should be reading Saga right now

Posted by on September 14, 2013 – 8:17 pm

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The idea of a dream collaboration book is one very familiar to most avid comic book readers. Those imagined works of fan favorite writers and artists team ups, spoken in the aisles of comic book shops between customers and employees for hours. What if Neil Gaiman wrote a full Batman arc? If Alan Moore did the Avengers, would it be similar to Watchmen or different? These hypothetical joining of forces would breathe new life into old stories or create truly unique works that no one would had expected.

Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples is the dream comic book collaboration that you never knew you wanted or were insane enough to imagine.

At the heart of Saga is a story about parenthood during an intergalactic war that has continued for ages. Two warriors from opposing sides; The winged Alana and the magic wielding, Saytr-horned Marko have fallen in love and had a baby. Both sides of the war want the family destroyed, fearing rebellion in the ranks. The Television-headed Prince Robot IV has been tasked to find the family and hires various bounty hunters to ensure their capture. The story begins with the birth of Marko and Alana’s daughter Hazel, who then refreshingly narrates the rest of the story from her future perspective on events.

Saga has been hailed as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars, but the creator Brian K. Vaughn jokingly refers to his work as “Star Wars for perverts.” Both surreal and magical with a taste for the completely bizarre, Saga is one of the most refreshing new comic series of recent.

Saga has won three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer. The trade paperback for Vol. 1 won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. The series was nominated for seven 2013 Harvey Awards, including Best New Series and Best Continuing Series. The first trade paperback collection won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.

Another refreshing addition to Saga is the fact that they have continually kept their first issue in print and the rest of their individual issues at $2.99, and will remain at that price for the duration of its run, which Vaughan arranged as part of his contract with Image comics, along with the stipulation that it never be less than 22 pages long. The first issue featured 44 pages of story and no advertisements, in both its print and digital versions.

Most of the local comic book shops have been stocking up on the reasonably priced Saga trade paperbacks due to the series critical acclaim and word of mouth and I severely recommend heading down to your local comic retailer and picking it up.