YMMV / Saga

The Band

  • Awesome Art: The album cover for ''Images At Twilight''.
  • Epic Riff: Ian Crichton provided a lot of these. As heard in and not limited to "It's Time", "On the Loose", "Goodbye (Once Upon A Time)" and "Giant".
  • Germans Love Saga: To the point where most of Saga's touring these days is around Germany exclusively.
  • Growing the Beard: Worlds Apart.
  • Squick: The alternate cover for ''Pleasure and The Pain''
  • Tear Jerker: "Goodbye (Once Upon A Time)", the final track from Behaviour. A song lamenting childhood and written shortly after the death of Michael Sadler's father. A very personal song, it's still enough to well up strong emotions in him to this day during live performances.

The comic book series

  • Awesome Art: Fiona Staples has won a couple of very well-deserved industry awards for her art.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Running with the frequent comparison of the series to Star Wars:
    • Alana/Princess Leia Organa: Brash, outspoken Action Girl whose first meeting with her future lover didn't exactly go over well. Prefers to shoot instead of use a sword.
    • Marko/Han Solo and Luke Skywalker: Han's dark past and African-American lover, who was previously hidden from his current love interest, Luke's affinity for "magic" and bladed weapons.
    • The Will/Boba and Jango Fett: The bounty hunter hired to kill our heroes.
    • Lying Cat/Chewbacca: Our Ensemble Darkhorse animal friend. Doesn't really have a grasp on English, but is a fierce fighter when they need to be.
    • Gwendolyn/ Sana Solo: A hero's previous love interest, who causes conflict between our main couple.
    • Prince Robot IV/Anakin Skywalker: Breaks the law to protect his pregnant wife. Hazy line between how much of him is machine, and how much is organic. May or may not be bisexual.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: And a few more times after that.
    "Just to be clear: your exact words were 'Please shoot it in my twat'."
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Lying Cat.
    • Prince Robot IV seems to be becoming one due to how hilarious and utterly weird the character is.
    • Izabel, if fanart is anything to go by.
  • Friendly Fandoms: While the Coheed and Cambria fandom is relatively small, the similarities between the band's comic/album concept The Amory Wars and Saga has led to some Amory fans checking out this series in-between waiting for installments of their own series. They both feature fiercely devoted parents and badass, morally ambiguous bounty hunter antagonists IN SPACE! It kinda helps that both are heavily influenced by Star Wars.
  • Genius Bonus: The title of Heist's novel The Opposite of War—which refers to sex, not peace—is a direct allusion to the writings of Sigmund Freud. Freud believed that sex and warfare were two of humanity's primary means of channeling their inherent aggression, though with completely opposite aims (one devoted to creating life, the other devoted to ending it).
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Gwendolyn's introduction is very similar to that of a new Star Wars character introduced in the Marvel/Disney comics: Sana Solo, Han Solo's previously-unmentioned wife. Suddenly, all the Star Wars comparisons are even funnier.
  • It Will Never Catch On: The author himself joked that, due to how non-main stream the comic is ("an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex"), he thought the book would be cancelled by issue 3. In reality, the series has become one of the most successful comics outside of Marvel and DC, with strong sales and widespread critical acclaim for its creativity, characterization and strong art by Fiona Staples.
  • Jerkass Woobie: The Will progressively becomes more and more of a woobie as the comic goes on. Seriously, this guy's whole life is a Trauma Conga Line. The Jerkass part comes from the fact that he's okay with killing children for money.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Marko losing it and trying to slaughter a group of soldiers after he mistakenly believes they hurt Alana.
    • The gas we see in a flashback that causes its victims to explode. Prince Robot had to watch a poor medic who got caught in it without a gas mask burst apart at the seams, splattering blood all over him.
  • Signature Scene: Marko and Alana's post-sex argument in issue 11 seems to be frequently cited as "Saga in a nutshell". Not surprising given that it has some of the comic's funniest lines.
  • Squick: The series isn't afraid to engage in this from time to time.
    • The giant that Marko and Klara encounter in issue 7 and 8 has a pair of gigantic, prominent, and hairy testicles. This is not figurative. They are literal huge dangling monster balls that take up maybe twenty percent of a splash-page. Vaughan's script for his first appearance has been released, showing that Vaughan actually apologized to Staples for making her draw it.
    • The Will's preferred means of attack seems to be bisecting people. The Lying Cat has been shown eating the skin off a victim's face.
    • The close up of Prince Robot's wife giving birth.
    • Marko cutting his new baby's umbilical cord... with his teeth.
  • Tearjerker:
    • Barr's sacrifice in issue 11.
    • The Brand's visit to The Will in the hospital in issue 18; it's revealed that they're siblings, and that they had been estranged for years. Her name is also Sophie, the name he gave to the young girl he rescued.
    • Yuma sacrifices herself to save the wooden ship in issue 28.
    • The Brand's death in chapter 29.
    • The Will finding out about his sister's death and angrily rejecting Sophie, believing it was all her fault.
    • The hallucination of The Brand talking The Will down from killing Prince Robot's son.
    • In issue 38, Izabel is destroyed by Freelancers seeking Marko, sacrificing herself to protect the family she cares about.
  • Uncanny Valley: The Uncanny Valley is the name of the region of space Gardenia is in.
  • Ugly Cute: The Lying Cat.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: If the series is known for anything, it's for the setting being truly weird, even by Space Opera standards. For example, the first issue features two television-headed robots, nude, doing it doggy-style. There is, at the very least, alcohol involved.
  • The Woobie: Prince Robot, especially as we learn his backstory. Also Sophie, the slave girl who's literally introduced being forced into child prostitution. Even after being freed, she cannot quite shake off the mentality that The Will is her master.