Comic Name: Saga
Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
# of Issues: 6
Release Date: 2014
Reprints Saga #19-24 (May 2014-October 2014). Marko and Alana are trying to work through a rocky time in their relationship as they make a home on the planet Gardenia. As Marko tries to raise Hazel in a normal life, Alana finds herself deeply involved in the acting broadcasts known as the Open Circuit. The Brand searches for her brother’s attacker, and crosses paths with Gwendolyn. The birth of Prince Robot IV’s son turns tragic as a lower-class robot known as Dengo gets involved and Prince Robot IV sets off a quest that might land him with an unlikely ally.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, Saga—Volume 4 continues the award winning series. The collection features six issues of the series.
I love Saga. I was there from the start and unlike a lot of comics, Saga continues to get better. Saga is such a bizarre combination of stories that it is hard to even describe what Saga is about. If you called Saga a Romeo & Juliet type of story, you’d be doing it a disservice.
The reason why this is a disservice is that Saga continues to evolve throughout the run of the series. The surreal writing style of Brian K. Vaughan has a weird realism to it that is more real than many mainstream comics. The relationships between the characters feel extremely fleshed out and natural…despite having a comic full of extreme moments.
Saga continues to shock with each issue. It is obvious that Vaughan is out to push the limits with the comic book (especially after the controversy surrounding Saga #12). In this volume, there is a graphic birth, tons of violence, and oral sex…so the comic isn’t for kids. Each time you open an issue of Saga you are often faced with something you don’t normally see in a comic…and you remember it!
What is really rare about something like Saga is that there is such a good combination between story and art. As much as I love the story of Saga, I love the art just as much. Fiona Staples has created a whole world out of Vaughan’s writing and it is beautiful. This of course clashes with the sex and violence of the comic and that is part of the thrill of reading it.
Saga is a great comic book series and my favorite comic on the market. I almost find myself mourning each issue knowing that someday it will end. I worry that the comic is so good that it will be a letdown at the end. My hope is that Saga is like The Sandman and that the payoff will be worth it. Until then, we’ll just have read on and see.
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