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Get Started In SAGA

Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Jul 2019

SAGA is a very popular comic book series...you might be surprised to know that collected editions of SAGA outsell those of THE WALKING DEAD. SAGA is the sweeping space opera/fantasy of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. When two soldiers, Alana and Marko, from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring their daughter, Hazel, into a dangerous old world. Fantasy and science fiction are wed in a sexy, subversive ongoing epic, described in solicitations as a cross between STAR WARS and GAME OF THRONES. The series has been met with wide critical acclaim, and is one of the most celebrated comics being published. It has also garnered numerous awards, including twelve Eisner and seventeen Harvey Awards between 2013 and 2017. The first trade paperback collection won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. It has also been noted for its diverse portrayal of ethnicity, sexuality and gender social roles, and for its treatment of war. If you're not reading SAGA, you're missing out on one of the best comic book series ever created.

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Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Saga comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Saga. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
SAGA VOL 01Quick ViewOct 2012SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 01
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SAGA VOL 02Quick ViewJun 2013SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 02
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SAGA VOL 03Quick ViewMar 2014SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 03
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SAGA VOL 04Quick ViewDec 2014SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 04
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SAGA VOL 05Quick ViewSep 2015SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 05
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SAGA VOL 06Quick ViewJun 2016SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 06
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SAGA VOL 07Quick ViewMar 2017SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 07
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SAGA VOL 08Quick ViewDec 2017SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 08
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SAGA VOL 09Quick ViewSep 2018SAGA [2012-TPB] VOL 09
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SAGA COMPENDIUM VOL 01Quick ViewJul 2019SAGA COMPENDIUM [2019-TPB] VOL 01
  
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SAGA DELUXE EDITION BOOK 01Quick ViewNov 2014SAGA DELUXE EDITION [2014-HC] BOOK 01
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SAGA DELUXE EDITION BOOK 02Quick ViewApr 2017SAGA DELUXE EDITION [2014-HC] BOOK 02
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SAGA DELUXE EDITION BOOK 03Quick ViewMay 2019SAGA DELUXE EDITION [2014-HC] BOOK 03
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1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character. It's a nice place to get started in Saga, if it's within your budget.

  • SAGA [2012] #1  (1st appearance of Saga)

Origin Story

The original presentation of an origin story or a retelling/recounting of it can be a good place to get started with a character or subject. The 'origin' of a superhero is typically the event or circumstances surrounding how they gained their powers and/or began fighting crime. However, Saga does not have a typical superhero-style origin story. The basic premise of the series is established in the first story arc.

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Saga comic books. As with most creator-owned, Image series, the story is contained in a single ongoing series and subsequently collected into trade paperbacks.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Saga, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags.

Key Issue cover 1 for SAGA

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  • SAGA [2012] #1   (1st appearance of Saga)