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Sometimes (oftentimes?) it feels like there just aren't enough cult-favorite tie-in products out there to meet fans' tastes, so it's good thing crafters are out there. Saga doesn't seem to have any official merch yet, but dang, check out this guy a friend made!
I've spent a fair bit of time praising the talents of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, and with good reason. Their work's phenomenal. On top of the storytelling, the characterization, the structure, the pacing, the look of it all... Vaughan also knows how to write for the trade. To wit, the story's 3rd arc wraps up…
Well, damn. I want to go on record saying I'm reviewing this issue under duress. I'm not happy about it. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have done their usual bang-up job of introducing characters we like, only to rip 'em out of our hands. The Vaughan giveth, the Vaughan taketh away. Damn. (Spoilers, explicit…
After enjoying a few days' worth of quiet, shit is about to hit the fan on Quietus. Nothing moves a story along like urgency, and chapter 16 gives us plenty of that. (Spoilers ensue)
Of the issues I've reviewed so far— and the series as a whole, as we catch up— I think I can safely say that chapter 15 is my favorite. It barely wins out, the whole series is excellent. But in terms of ingredients coming together, things really cooking, and seeing how the progression of time lets things unfold... it…
Chapter 14 is just outside the sweet spot on my favorite arc in Saga, so far. The whole thing is technically a flashback, not that it matters. It's setting up a moment— however brief— of regrouping and restoration for our unlikely family. It's a breather episode, and a good one. (Spoilers ensue.)
And now, for something completely different. One of the things that makes Saga such a great read: the world-building Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have done. The war between Landfall and Wreath has been going on for decades. Both sides have damaged veterans, doing their best to cope with the fallout. The lesson:…
So, Alana and Marko have managed to get free and clear of Wreath with Hazel safe and sound. It only took them eleven chapters, and the cost has been steep. Then there's Prince Robot IV. (Spoilers ensue.)
From early on, Saga has demonstrated that it's not your average comic. The stakes are high, the characters seem real, and it doesn't shrink away from consequences. Go big or go home? Fine. Saga's not going home. (Spoilers ensue.)
Hoo boy. So after we resumed the chase last issue, it's only fitting that chapter ten open up with some beefcake— Backstory! I meant backstory. Right.
After some backstory and a few important developments with our heroes, it's time to check in with one of the 'bad guys', by which I mean the ruthless killer hired to murder Alana and Marko. (Spoilers ensue.)
So the first six issues got us underway on a galactic roadtrip. Then the in-laws showed up. At the risk of understatement, Alana and Marko have had a bit of a day. (Spoilers ensue.)
Up to now, Saga's done a hell of a job introducing the villains by giving us reasons to admire them, if not flat-out like them. It's charming, that way. Now we get to meet Marko's parents, Klara and Barr, and we see their worst. Yeah Saga's like that. (Spoilers ensue.)
Saga is not like other comics. These aren't issues, so much as chapters. There is no supervillain who gets thrown in jail, only to break out to swear revenge in a few issues (at least, that hasn't happened yet). If you miss a chapter, you might lose the thread of the story... which is half the reason for these recaps.…
If you nursed lingering doubts that Saga was a series to be taken seriously, the last scrap of that doubt should have been eradicated with chapter five. It isn't pretty, but it is by-god beautiful storytelling. (Spoilers ensue.)
Our trip down memory lane continues on the planet Sextillion. Of the adult content provided thus far by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Saga #4 pushes the envelope clear off the table. Prepare to be disturbed. (Spoilers ensue.)
When last we left our heroes, Marko was bleeding out, and Alana & Hazel were face to face with half a dozen corpsey apparitions. Pleasant introductions, they weren't. After landing our beloved new family squarely up $#!t creek, the beneficent Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples deigned to offer them a blood-soaked,…
One thing there's no shortage of in Saga: creativity. Also, danger (obviously). But I wanted to lull you in with that bit about creativity. There's crap-tons of danger. But as we enter chapter two, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples break out a solid cask of what-the-f*ckery. Join me, won't you? (Spoilers below.)
It occurred to me that I've been sticking solely to reviewing tights-n-flights comic books, an oversight I'm correcting at once. To wit: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. It is bloody beautiful. (Spoilers below.)