If you're not reading Saga yet, Book 7 proves you should get caught up RIGHT NOW

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/07/beasts-of-all-natures-and-desc.html

Saga is Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ magnificent, visually stunning, adventurous, funny, raunchy, complex and provocative graphic novel; the first six volumes of collected comics moved from strength to strength, fleshing out a universe that was simultaneously surreal and deadly serious, where cute characters could have deadly-serious lives: now, with volume 7, Staples and Vaughan continue their unbroken streak of brilliance.

What’s with all this praise for this series? It’s entertaining sure but nothing special.

Or I am just spoiled by growing up with European comics and American classics…


There are currently two comics that I pre-order the TPB’s automatically: Saga and Squirrel Girl. The latest volumes were both released this week and arrive in the same package from Amazon. They are both very engaging in very different ways. For insance, in Squirrel Girl, there were at least two times where I was all, “Haha, yes, that’s great!”, whereas with Saga there were at least two times where I was all, “Dammit, no, no!”

So yeah, I highly recommend both for very different reasons.

Also, the end of this volume of Saga had one of the most effectively crushing uses of the medium I’ve encountered.

Issue 7 dropped through my door the other day, and I ended up reading it just before I went to sleep.
Now it’s sat on my floor, and I keep looking at it, because normally what I do is pass the new issues straight along to one of my friends.
The thing is, over the course of Saga coming out, said friend has now had two kids (and has found more to love in Saga due to that), and part of me doesn’t want him to have to read this book. It upset me, so how much worse will it be for someone who is a parent?

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This looks like a good occasion to promote my favorite new phone app (just a fan, not involved with it in any way).
I’ve been reading Saga through Hoopla – an app which lets you borrow books digitally from your local library. I’ve used Overdrive and other similar apps before, but Hoopla is easier to use and has a better selection of content, including the whole Saga collection to date!

Best deal on Saga are the omnibuses.

Book 1 is out and a screaming deal: https://www.amazon.com/Saga-Book-One-Brian-Vaughan/dp/1632150786/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491581477&sr=8-1&keywords=saga+book+1

Book 2 is out next month: https://www.amazon.com/Saga-Book-Two-Brian-Vaughan/dp/1632159031/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1491581477&sr=8-2&keywords=saga+book+1

I read these after a friend recommending them. Going in rather skeptical, was soon pretty immersed. This series got me psyched on the medium again, and have since plowed through Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Saga of Swamp Thing, The Sandman series.



I’ve read the first five TPBs and it… just doesn’t do it for me. There’s something so off-puttingly earnest about it. Some “epic yet personal” bent that just doesn’t tickle my brain. I don’t care about star-crossed lovers or families so I suppose it was never going to be my cup of tea, though. So eh.

The artwork is very, very well done though.

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