Written by: Brian K. Vaughn
Art by: Fiona Staples
Published by: Image Comics
Wow, what a long summer it’s been! The end of Saga #12 had us all waiting anxiously for Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples to start releasing books again. Good news folks, that time is now! The Eisner winning series is back!
The end of Saga #12 left us with a ton of unanswered questions. Would the robot prince find our rag-tag group of heroes in author D. Oswald Heist’s attic? Would The Will and Lying Cat be able to catch up to their marks? How would Marko deal with the death of his father? In true Saga fashion, none of these questions are answered in full in our return to the series. Mr. Vaughn actually backtracks from the ending of #12, and takes us to the events that happen directly after Marko and Alana’s brief skirmish with The Will. We find Marko and his mother still grieving and the group is close to their destination.
This definitely feels like a set up issue. The writing is as good as ever, but it seems to be the transition book in between the events of #12 and the showdown between our group and the robot prince that’s on the horizon. Even going into this book and KNOWING that’s what I was going to get didn’t take away from it in the slightest. Brian K. Vaughn continues to show us why he won the Eisner for best writer in this series!
Why Fiona Staples didn’t get nominated for best artist is perplexing to me. The art in Saga, if anything, is unorthodox but beautiful. The facial expressions used in emotional moments are always spot on, and the action sequences seem to be big and elaborate, the perfect blend of what we’ve come to expect from the Saga team!
I REALLY want to give this 5 out of 5 because of total bias, but I don’t give 5’s out for set up issues! I could’ve used a bit more action or a bit more advancement of the story, but that’s just me nitpicking! All I can say is, read this series and thank the stars that Saga is back!!
4.5 out of 5 nerds