It’s been a really long time since I reviewed Saga, to be honest, while I continue to pick it up, it just keeps falling off my radar. It isn’t that it’s not good, it’s that it falls outside of my usual interests and therefore, it piles up and piles up until I realize, holy crap, it’s been a very long time since I read any of that and I run through a whole bunch of issues all at once. Honestly, I think that’s the best way to read this title anyhow.
So let’s get into this 6-issue arc of Saga, shall we?Saga is a science fiction/fantasy tale told in 6-issue chunks, where writer Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples go all out on a very engaging and well illustrated tale, then take a bunch of time off getting the next chunk ready. If you’re a regular comic reader like me, who expects to get your fix month after month, it can be maddening, but as I said, I’ve taken to reading each arc as a batch and then largely forgetting all about the comic until another arc or two are finished. Somehow, it just works that way.
This arc is a little lighter, it isn’t as action packed, nor story dense as the previous two. It deals with Alana and Marko, along with their baby and Mark’s mother Klara, searching for a reclusive author of Alana’s favorite book, D. Oswald Heist. They’re convinced that he can help them somehow through his clearly pro-peace writings. But this tale is really just a backdrop for stories about their pursuers, especially The Will, who becomes a much better fleshed out character here. The image of his ex-wife spurs him on to adopt Slave Girl, whom he finally decides should be named Sophie, and even make moves on Marko’s ex-girlfriend Gwendolyn. Maybe, according to the ghost of his ex, they should settle down together and give up bounty hunting.
Now I will admit that this arc is a bit weaker than the ones that have come before, it is much slower moving and while there is plenty to digest, by the end it doesn’t really feel like you’ve come as far as past arcs. Art-wise, it is still great, Staples’ artwork is a perfect match for this book and I guess every arc can’t be amazing, but this time, as much as I liked it, I feel like there could have been more, especially with the short appearance of Prince Robot IV, who just kind of wanders off at the end in a bit of a confusing twist.
By all means, pick up Saga if you like science fiction and fantasy, it’s a great story for an adult audience, just be aware that it isn’t going to be your typical superhero fare. I really do need to get caught up again, so expect to see more Saga reviews in the near future. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the next arc is a bit more exciting.