Written by Brian K. Vaughn
Artist: Fiona Staples
Letters & Design: Fonografiks
Published by Image Comics
When Volume 2 of Saga concluded, Brian K. Vaughn & co. left us on the edge of our seats with the teaser of a coming conflict that threatens to bring the journey of our rag-tag group of heroes to an end. In a bold but brilliant move, Saga #14 continues to tell the story building up to that very moment. We find Marko, Alana, and their crew on Quietus having just met the author of the book that started their amazing journey.
Brian K. Vaughn has become one of my favorite writers in comics. (I literally just purchased Y the Last Man and can’t wait to dig in!) What he’s doing in Volume 3 of Saga thus far is nothing short of brilliance; building up stories that were told in Volume 2 by giving them substantially more back story, all while adding to the anticipation of what will ultimately be the climax of this portion of the amazing, award-winning story that is Saga. I also love that while he hasn’t progressed the main storyline since Volume 3 started, we’re seeing another storyline unfold with The Will. He’s a total socio path who suffers from extreme psychopathy, but you can’t help but feel a little sorry for him. I understand that he’s a ‘bad guy’, but Vaughn has absolutely put him through the ringer so far! I think it’s very possible that we’ll see both storylines reach their respective climaxes at the same time, and I can’t wait!
The art, as always, is spot on in this book. I can’t say much that hasn’t already been said, but Fiona Staples continues to impress with her work in this series. Whether it’s the dreary landscape that is Quietus or the remote paradise that The Will is stranded on, this issue is absolutely beautiful.
Brian K. Vaughn is weaving a beautiful tapestry of comic book storytelling with this series. I have yet to suggest it to someone that hasn’t ended up loving it and it’s for a good reason. Simply put, Saga is the best story in comics right now and if you’re not reading it you should be! Pick up a trade and catch up because we’re witnessing something special here. Stories like Saga transcend comics because this isn’t just a great comic book series, this is classic literature!
5 out of 5 nerds