List of Saga story arcs

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Featured here is a chronological list of story arcs in the epic space opera/fantasy comic book series Saga, which is created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples. Saga is published monthly by Image Comics.[1]

Volume One[edit]

The first trade paperback collection, Saga, Vol. 1, which collects the first six issues, was published October 10, 2012, and appeared at Number 6 on the New York Times Graphic Books Best Seller list the week of October 29.[2]

Title Issue # Release date
"Chapter One" 1 March 14, 2012
On a planet called Cleave, Alana gives birth to their daughter, Hazel, while she and Marko flee soldiers from her people and his. Prince Robot IV and The Will are assigned to go after them.[3]
"Chapter Two" 2 April 11, 2012
Alana, Marko and Hazel make their way through the Endless Woods. The Will learns the identity of another freelancer on the hunt. Prince Robot IV arrives on Cleave to investigate.[4]
"Chapter Three" 3 May 16, 2012
After The Stalk's attack, Alana meets the feared "Horrors" of Cleave and is forced to consider a deal with one of them, Izabel, to save Marko. Prince Robot IV interrogates a prisoner.[5]
"Chapter Four" 4 June 20, 2012
Izabel uses magic to heal Marko while Alana doubts her marriage and relationship. Seeking a respite, The Will investigates the pleasures of Sextillion.[6]
"Chapter Five" 5 July 18, 2012
Alana and Marko are confronted by a group of Landfallian soldiers. Meanwhile, The Will deals with the consequences of rescuing a six-year-old sex slave from Sextillion named Slave Girl.[7]
"Chapter Six" 6 August 15, 2012
Prince Robot IV and The Will's paths intersect. Meanwhile, Alana and Marko make it to the Rocketship Forest, where they use an organic, tree-like rocket to leave Cleave, before being confronted by Marko's parents.[8]

Volume Two[edit]

The second trade paperback collection, Saga, Vol. 2, which collects issues #7-12, was released June 12, 2013.[9]

Title Issue # Release date
"Chapter Seven" 7 November 14, 2012
A flashback depicts how Marko was taught the history of his people's conflict with Landfall. In the present, Marko and his mother, Klara, go searching for Izabel, while Alana gets to know Barr, Marko's father, who reveals he has one month left to live.[10]
"Chapter Eight" 8 December 19, 2012
Alana and Marko's first meeting is shown in flashback. In the present, Barr asks Alana to conceal his illness from Klara and Marko. Meanwhile, while searching for Izabel in the Shadow City, Marko and Klara confront the giant, Fard, who tells them the planetoid they are on is a soon-to-hatch egg. Marko's ex-fiancée, Gwendolyn, makes an appearance at the Brio Talent Agency.[11]
"Chapter Nine" 9 January 16, 2013
Gwendolyn confronts The Will over his incomplete mission. To spur him to expedite it, she helps him rescue Slave Girl from Sextillion, after which Slave Girl reveals the psychometric ability to track Marko and Alana through their wedding rings, which were part of the same set as Gwendolyn's translation pendant.[12]
"Chapter Ten" 10 February 20, 2013
Alana's release of Marko from prison and their initial romance is depicted in flashback. In the present, Marko, Klara and Izabel return to the ship, after which the family is confronted by both The Will and the hatching of the giant egg.[13]
"Chapter Eleven" 11 March 20, 2013
Both Alana and Marko's and The Will are caught in the pull of the newly hatched giant space fetus. Marko's father, Barr, casts a spell to aid in the rocketship's escape, the strain of which kills him.[14]
"Chapter Twelve" 12 April 10, 2013
Prince Robot IV's pursuit of Alana and Marko leads him to the home of D. Oswald Heist, author of Alana's favorite novel. A discussion of the war gets heated and leads to hostilities, with Prince Robot unaware that his targets are hiding in Heist's home.[15]

Volume Three[edit]

The third trade paperback collection, Saga, Vol. 3, which collects issues #13-18, was released March 19, 2014.[16]

Title Issue # Release date
"Chapter Thirteen" 13 August 14, 2013
In flashback, the family, weeks after Barr's death arrive on Quietus and meeting Heist, whom Alana hopes can advise them on their future. A tabloid journalist and his photographer interview one of the Landfallian soldiers injured by Marko during the unsuccessful attempt to capture the family in Chapter Five. Meanwhile, The Will, Gwendolyn and Slave Girl are stranded on a planet awaiting repairs to their ship. The Will must deal with the sexual tension between himself and Gwendolyn, and decides to name Slave Girl Sophie.[17]
"Chapter Fourteen" 14 September 25, 2013
Upsher and Doff, the tabloid journalist and photographer, interview Alana's stepmother, Even. On Quietus, the family and Heist get to know one another. The Will decides to quit his pursuit of the family, but tells Gwendolyn that he will pass along any leads that his informants give to him to her. When he tries to kiss Gwendolyn, she rebuffs him, but the image of the Stalk tells him that she not entirely uninterested in him. The Willl is contacted by an informant at a refueling station who informs him that Prince Robot IV is refueling his ship there and asked for directions to Quietus.[18]
"Chapter Fifteen" 15 October 30, 2013
Continuing their investigation on the planet Mota, Upsher and Doff are targeted by a sniper. On Quietus, Marko and Alana clash over plans for their future. Meanwhile, the Will's spaceship is repaired, but he is seriously wounded by a hallucinating Sophie.[19]
"Chapter Sixteen" 16 November 27, 2013
Upsher and Doff question Special Agent Gale about Alana and Marko, but Gale attempts to dissuade them from continuing their investigation by telling them that Alana is a deep cover agent, and later contacts the Brio Talent Agency to have them assassinated. Gwendolyn discovers the hallucinogenic nature of the flora and fauna of the planet on which The Will set down his ship, and manages to prevent Sophie from killing him, but to save him, she takes him to Quietus, arriving at the same time that Prince Robot IV does.[20]
"Chapter Seventeen" 17 December 18, 2013
Upsher and Doff are poisoned by a Freelancer named The Brand, with a substance that will kill them if they report their findings about Alana and her family to anyone else. On Quietus, The Will's vital signs fade as Prince Robot IV threatens to kill Heist, and their talk of the Prince's near-death experiences provides insight into Heist's next novel and his views on war. Klara and Gwendolyn then intervene, and as a result, the Prince is rendered unconscious and Heist is killed.[21]
"Chapter Eighteen" 18 January 29, 2014
As Izabel uses her illusions and a malfunctioning Prince Robot IV to save Klara, Gwendolyn confronts Alana and Marko, who escape her, in part with help from Alana's newly-discovered power of flight. Upsher and Doff find a way to continue their investigation without triggering the poison in their system. After Gwendolyn takes The Will (about whom she reveals her feelings) to a hospital mentioned by Alana, he is visited by The Brand, who is revealed to be his sister, Sophie. The story jumps ahead to Hazel taking her first steps as the rocketship touches down on the family's newest refuge.[22]

Volume Four[edit]

Title Issue # Release date
"Chapter Nineteen" 19 May 21, 2014
The family has been living on the planet Gardenia for several months. Alana is struggling as an actor on the Open Circuit, an underground acting troupe in which all the players wear masks. While caring for Hazel, who is now saying simple phrases, Marko meets a children's dance studio owner named Ginny. Prince Robot IV's son is born, although he himself is still missing in action. Alana and Marko disagree over balancing keeping a low profile with giving Hazel a happy childhood.[23]
"Chapter Twenty" 20 June 25, 2014
Prince Robot IV recuperates on Sextillion. Alana tries a drug called Fadeaway after learning that half her colleagues are high on it. Marko becomes closer to Ginny, the children's dance studio owner he met in the park. Robot IV's wife and her staff are assassinated by her custodian, Dengo, whose son died at age four due to lack of medical insurance available to commoners.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kit, Borys (March 14, 2012). "'Lost' Writer Brian K. Vaughan Debuts New Comic With Damon Lindelof and Friends". The Hollywood Reporter.
  2. ^ Kepler, Adam W. (October 26, 2012). "Graphic Books Best Sellers: Fiona Staples Talks About 'Saga'". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter One" Saga 1 (March 2012), Image Comics
  4. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Two" Saga 2 (April 2012), Image Comics
  5. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Three" Saga 3 (May 2012), Image Comics
  6. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Four" Saga 4 (June 2012), Image Comics
  7. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Five" Saga 5 (July 2012), Image Comics
  8. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Six" Saga 6 (August 2012), Image Comics
  9. ^ "Saga, Vol. 2 TP". Image Comics. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  10. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Seven" Saga 7 (November 2012), Image Comics
  11. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Eight" Saga 8 (December 2012), Image Comics
  12. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Nine" Saga 9 (January 2013), Image Comics
  13. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Ten" Saga 10 (February 2013), Image Comics
  14. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Eleven" Saga 11 (March 2013), Image Comics
  15. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Twelve" Saga 12 (April 2013), Image Comics
  16. ^ "Saga, Vol. 3 TP". Image Comics. Retrieved February 14, 2014.
  17. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Thirteen" Saga 13 (August 2013), Image Comics
  18. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Fourteen" Saga 14 (September 2013), Image Comics
  19. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Fifteen" Saga 15 (October 2013), Image Comics
  20. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Sixteen" Saga 16 (November 2013), Image Comics
  21. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Seventeen" Saga 17 (December 2013), Image Comics
  22. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Eighteen" Saga 18 (January 2014), Image Comics
  23. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Nineteen" Saga 19 (May 2014), Image Comics
  24. ^ Vaughan, Brian K. (w), Staples, Fiona (a). "Chapter Twenty" Saga 20 (June 2014), Image Comics

External links[edit]

  • Saga at the Comic Book DB