Written by Brian K Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Oh everything is right with the world again! After a LONG two-month hiatus, Saga returns with its seventh issue. As you can probably tell I’m a massive fan of this book. Anyone who has ever read a Brian K. Vaughan book knows that he is one of the most exciting creators of the last 10 years. Much like this books hiatus, Vaughan himself left the world of comics to pursue writing for TV, and he too was sorely missed.
Saga, his return to the world of comics tells the story of Marko and Alana, two literally star crossed lovers of separate warring factions, one from a moon and the other from the planet it orbits. They, along with their newborn daughter Hazel, are on the run and are being pursued from parties from both sides. This issue deals with Alana and Marko being confronted by Marko’s parents about their actions. Vaughan uses this to explore the emotional depth of the main characters and reveals more and more secrets and personal agendas.
As a lover of comics I revere many of the greats, Moore, Morrison, Miller, etc and to me only a few modern day creators deserve to be uttered in the same breath – Vaughan is one of those. Throughout his career he has shown he can write any particular genre of book and write it well, and this sci-fi tale of war and love is no different. His pacing of the story, dialogue and reveals are amazing. Each issue offers up something new and exciting as he is creating an entire universe of characters and concepts, which are fully realized and breath taking.
Fiona Staples, Vaughan’s collaborator on art duties, needs equal praise for her work here. I was unfamiliar with her art until I read Saga, but she has quickly impressed me, with her clean, crisp pencil work and designs of the worlds and characters that inhabit them. This issue in particular has a page where Marko and his mother are confronted by a troll on a planet and lets just say it is one of the most disturbing and revealing sights you will ever see! I really couldn’t see anyone else draw this book, so if the hiatus was to accommodate her workload and keep her on it and the quality as high as ever, it was worth it.
Image comics has been one of the strongest publishers these last few years with their strong line of books, attracting a variety of creators to publish creator owned work. Saga is no exception. It is one of the smartest, best looking and exciting reads on the market. A very inexpensive trade of the first six issue was released a few weeks ago so if you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet do yourself a favor and get that and then jump on with this issue. You won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 nerds
Review by: Shane Kildea