Saga: Book Three

Saga: Book Three

At long last, it's finally time for the THIRD massive hardcover collection of SAGA, the critically acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy series from the multiple Eisner Award-winning team of artist FIONA STAPLES and writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN. Collecting 18 of the most shocking and impactful issues from the epic tale of Hazel and her star-crossed parents, this deluxe edition features a st...

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Saga: Book Three Reviews

  • Gerasimos

    I started reading Saga almost two years ago, but because I took the decision to only read it in the form of these collected editions and not the individual issues or volumes (just because I like my graphic novels chunky), I have been waiting for this for over a year. But oh boy, was it worth the wait!

    After 54 issues the story has really come a long way and it was in this volume that the complexities of each story arc culminated to an explosive mid-point. I have fallen in love with every single c

    I started reading Saga almost two years ago, but because I took the decision to only read it in the form of these collected editions and not the individual issues or volumes (just because I like my graphic novels chunky), I have been waiting for this for over a year. But oh boy, was it worth the wait!

    After 54 issues the story has really come a long way and it was in this volume that the complexities of each story arc culminated to an explosive mid-point. I have fallen in love with every single character and what's interesting about this story is that we follow both the main protagonists and their antagonists (or what would traditionally be the comic book villains if you will). This unusual way of alternating sides makes the reader rooting for everyone, even though the characters are working against each other. As a result, no matter who is winning the reader ends up heartbroken.

    And that's my favourite thing about Saga: how ballsy it is. They are not scared to make big decisions, kill important characters and break the reader's heart. They also love changing things up and creating new situations that drastically change the feel of the story, essentially rebooting the work with every new volume.

    Saga may be an intergalactic story set in different planets across the galaxy, featuring a very diverse cast of characters ranging from aliens to beasts and lovable pets but in the heart of this gorgeous colourful world lies the simple story of a family and their interpersonal relationships. This is what makes this story so great and this is why this particular book broke my heart time and time again. The final pages of this volume may be their most controversial decision to date and I cannot wait to see what happens next.

  • Thomas De Ceglie

    The cliffhanger and the hiatus will be the hardest wait ever--can't wait for volume 10..whenever that is!

  • Taylan Berk

    Oh god. Why? I hate this. I hate this sooooo sooo much.

    I consider these issues as a direct attack to my mental health.

    Just why?

  • Mel (thebookishmel)

    THE SHEER PAIN VOLUME NINE PUT ME IN.

    I. WAS. NOT. READY. I didn't expect that ending, and I'm genuinely GUTTED. This entire series is something else, man. Genuinely wowed!

  • Chris

    Finally! I held off reading the last couple of trade paperbacks because I wanted to wait for this beautiful edition.

    I can't believe I didn't love Saga from the very beginning. I guess I just wasn't sure what to expect and it took me a little while to get the whole graphic-science fiction-fantasy world. But at some point it just clicked and it became one of my favorite comic series.

    Finally! I held off reading the last couple of trade paperbacks because I wanted to wait for this beautiful edition.

    I can't believe I didn't love Saga from the very beginning. I guess I just wasn't sure what to expect and it took me a little while to get the whole graphic-science fiction-fantasy world. But at some point it just clicked and it became one of my favorite comic series.

    Fiona Staples' art continues to impress me, there's one splash page that made me think "holy shit..." because of the epic scale of the scene.

    I really like all of the characters, and I think there's such a nice amount of diversity of characters in terms of gender, race and sexuality. I don't want to speak for anyone who doesn't fall into my own gender/sexual spectrum but I think they're all written in a very well-rounded, human way.

    So, for the most part this is a wacky fun adventure, but every now and then there's this emotional kick in the balls. It happens about halfway through this volume. The story really takes it to this tragically emotional place, but it's Staples' art that really sells the beautiful sadness of the moment. Seeing the sadness in Hazel's tiny little face is heartbreaking.

    As can be seen, I love Saga, it's beautiful and funny and sad. There are times where I can just stare at the pages, at the faces of the characters... the way Fiona Staples draws people smiling, the in depth moral arguments mixed in with crude humour, the epic scale, the tiny human touches, Ghüs... I can't wait to see where it goes next.

  • Brandon St Mark

    I read this as single issues and I STILL cried in the end. This series is just so beautiful. I can’t wait to see what they do when they come back from Intermission because shit has really changed this time around.

  • Shawn Falkner-Horine

    I'm not crying, you're crying...

    Saga continues to swell with visceral emotion, vibrant aesthetic, and vast adventure.

    It's a hell of a great read!!

  • Dejan Šiptar

    This graphic novel does not let you go. Original, creative, weird, funny, disturbing, powerful, heartbreaking.

  • Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    God, this ending still hurts.

    I mean, it really, really hurts. I have to give kudos to BKV + Staples for telling a story where these characters come together and hurt each other and it hurts but you understand it? Like, seeing all the threads that lead to Doff and Upsher, Prince Robot IV, The Will, Marko and Alana - seeing the path that brought them here makes sense but it doesn't make it any easier to stomach. It truly hurts seeing the end result.

    So, while I'm sad, I'm just more in awe of how

    God, this ending still hurts.

    I mean, it really, really hurts. I have to give kudos to BKV + Staples for telling a story where these characters come together and hurt each other and it hurts but you understand it? Like, seeing all the threads that lead to Doff and Upsher, Prince Robot IV, The Will, Marko and Alana - seeing the path that brought them here makes sense but it doesn't make it any easier to stomach. It truly hurts seeing the end result.

    So, while I'm sad, I'm just more in awe of how this story ended up here and how all of these characters weaved their way into my heart.

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    I had no idea when I picked up the first volume of

    in 2015 that I was going to become so invested in the series!  I read comics as a kid, sure, but this is not your average comic and it's certainly not kid-friendly.

    While

    is full of sex and violence, it's also a beautifully illustrated tale of family and acceptance with social commentary on the pulse of current hot button topics.

    Readers follow Alana and Marko, two soldiers from different planets in a long war to destroy each other.  Ala

    I had no idea when I picked up the first volume of

    in 2015 that I was going to become so invested in the series!  I read comics as a kid, sure, but this is not your average comic and it's certainly not kid-friendly.

    While

    is full of sex and violence, it's also a beautifully illustrated tale of family and acceptance with social commentary on the pulse of current hot button topics.

    Readers follow Alana and Marko, two soldiers from different planets in a long war to destroy each other.  Alana (from Landfall) and Marco (from Wreath) are in love and on the run from both Landfall and Wreath for betrayal of their own kind.  Once their daughter Hazel is born, they'll do anything to protect her.

    The family collect friends like Izabel, the ghost of a girl killed in the war who is bonded to Hazel; and foes, like the assassin known as The Will who is never more than a step behind.

    Along the way, Hazel and her grandmother are captured and held in a Landfallian prison while Alana and Marko maintain an uneasy alliance with one of their biggest enemies, Prince Robot IV.

    Alana and Marko are eventually reunited with Hazel and it isn't long before the couple realizes they're expecting a second baby and settle for a time on the comet Phang.

    collects volumes 7-9 (issues 37-54) and let me just say I was not emotionally prepared for the heartbreaks endured.  

    While Alana and Marko should be enjoying their reunion with Hazel, they face a miscarriage after a dramatic exit from the comet Phang.  

    Old foes return and the family must make decisions about their future but are interrupted by an enemy's arrival.

    A shocking cliffhanger leaves readers stunned and in need of the next issue immediately ...only to find that creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are taking at least a year long hiatus from the series to recharge.  Vaughan promises they will return because the story is not over yet, with plenty more major events.  

    has been going strong since 2012 and has built a community of faithful readers emotionally invested in the lives of the characters.  

    All of the characters, from the family members to their pursuers, are well developed and genuine; each adding to the storyline in compelling and necessary ways.

    Hazel is a fantastic and honest narrator giving readers are given a candid look at war with all its prejudice and violence, but also an assertive look at family, love, and devotion.

    If you appreciate innovative stories, whether you're a regular reader of graphic novels or not,

    is a series worth checking out.  It's a wildly creative sci-fi/fantasy covering contemporary issues.

    Thanks to Image Comics and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  

    is scheduled for release on June 4, 2019.

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