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Review: Saga #6

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have really been outdoing themselves with every single issue of Saga. This latest issue has Marko and Alana finally reaching the rocketship forest, but finding something very different than they had anticipated. Prince Robot IV on the other hand gets himself into a whole new mess of trouble, when he faces the penalty for having The Stalk shot at the end of the last issue — the wrath of The Will.

The best part about this series is the interactions between the characters. Vaughan’s style lets the dialog breathe and be more reactive than plot-based when the characters are faced with new challenges. It makes even the simplest conversations meaningful and gives each line real heart and weight tow what the characters are saying.

The universe that Staples is creating with her artwork is nothing short of breathtaking. Without spoiling too much, there’s a very interesting couple of spacecraft that Staples draws in this issue that really showcase how inventive both she and the series really are. And if the ship designs don’t hook you in, the expressions and character designs will.

Image has been making a name for itself these past few years with original titles that step outside of the mainstream genres and give readers something different to look forward to every Wednesday. Saga is a space opera that has all the best elements of franchises like Star Wars combined with all the best elements of true to life dramas or plays.

It’s a series that deserves your attention and is worth waiting for every month.

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Review: Saga #3

The thing that I can say every month about Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is that it’s unpredictable. Every month I read a new issue and I find new things to love about the characters, the world, and the wonderful combination of the artwork and writing.

This month finds Marko bleeding to death as Alana makes a deal with the ghost of a young girl, Izabel, who was killed during the war. Prince Robot IV is interrogating a prisoner about Alana and Marko’s escape from the prison facility, and delivers possibly the best line this week in comics. Throw in another great scene with The Will and The Stalk and you’ve got fun on a galactic scale.

Vaughan’s take on the space opera is more human than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Not since the original Star Wars have I felt the realism in character attitudes that Saga is pulling off each month. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series keeps growing in popularity to the point where it gets the same following as the original Star Wars trilogy.

Fiona Staples doesn’t just build a beautiful eye-catching world; she also builds believable reactions and emotions in her character’s faces. Every page that has someone reacting or gesturing to the slightest event feels authentic and organic, which is hard to pull off consistently. She’s definitely going to be a rising star in the world of comics as this series continues.

Fans of science fiction can rejoice that Image has found its flagship title in the realm of cosmic storytelling. I’ve been telling all of my friends about this and now I’m going to be working overtime to let them know that they won’t find anything else like this on the spinner racks.

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