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SAGA #13

THE SMASH-HIT, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES RETURNS!

Now that you’ve read the first two bestselling collections of SAGA, you’re all caught up and ready to jump on the ongoing train with Chapter Thirteen, beginning an all-new monthly sci-fi/fantasy adventure, as Hazel and her parents head to the planet Quietus in search of cult romance novelist D. Oswald Heist.

Story by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples

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  1. welcome back you glorious bastard!

  2. Thank fuck this is finally back, now if only we can get another issue of Nowhere Men out?!

  3. I must be a fan of this book because after 12 issues nothing has happened story-wise and I’m still in it for the long haul.

  4. Let’s do this!

    all is well in the world again

  5. Yeah, you read it right the first time. The main plot of the story is a traitor and a prisoner of war ran away together and had a child (an act which is unconscionable on many levels) and are being chased throughout the galaxy by different enemies, yet there’s been no confrontation between Alana, Marko and Prince IV and The Will had but the briefest of contact with them.

    I guess something will happen in #13.

    And lest you think it, I do look forward to this book every month. A huge fan.

    • Goddamn the no edit button! I hit submit comment button and intended to hit reply. I’m addressing Mr. KenOchalek with this comment.

    • No worries, I meant to include a smiley in my previous post. No personal attacks on your intelligence were intended, and I definitely noticed you say that you’re a fan in the original post.

      But I get what you’re saying — I think BKV is pacing this book like a chess match — pieces are in motion and we can perceive the edges of a larger strategy, but the game is still getting started. To compare, Y: The Last Man had a lot of shorter arcs and subplots woven into the larger narrative, giving us small bits of resolution as we worked toward the big ending. It’s an often over- and mis-used term, but I think Saga is going for something a bit more novelistic in it’s pacing.

    • I appreciate what you’re saying but I just can’t agree with it. By that logic I guess nothing has happened yet in A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) because Daenerys hasn’t yet confronted those who usurped the Iron Throne and the Others haven’t yet attacked the Seven Kingdoms. I mean sure, a few things have happened in the books, but the main confrontations haven’t occurred yet so that must mean nothing has happened…

    • Yea I’m with USPUNX.
      It would be like saying nothing happened in Starwars until the end of Empire Strikes back because that was the first time Luke had a one on one confrontation with Darth Vader.
      What you refer to as “something happening” is what I would call “the climax of the story”, I suspect that the final confrontation with Prince IV would be the end, unless there’s a bigger bad waiting in the wings, which is possible.

  6. I’ve missed this book. Glad to see it return.

  7. You guys can’t see me, but I’m dancing my Saga-Is-Back jig of joy.

  8. Finally! Where the hell has this been?

    The wait is worth it but man I hope we get nothing but sweetness for the next couple of months.

  9. How log has this been gone? It felt like forever.

  10. I just finished reading the second trade last week, so I’m all set for starting this series in issues. Can’t wait, actually.

    And yes, I thought that the first 12 issues completely lived up to their hype.

  11. Still unsure whether i should switch to issues on this…
    I love having these books in trade… but i can’t wait that long!

  12. Hello darlin’. It’s been a long time. Have you missed me.
    Life just hasn’t been the same without TV-head porn. 😉

  13. There is always a Lighthouse.

  14. So I saw this in the Green Arrow feed last week and I kind of wanted to do the same thing here. Top five Image books right now. for myself I would go
    Saga
    The Manhattan Projects
    Prophet
    Bedlam
    East of West

    • For myself it would be
      Prophet
      The Manhattan Projects
      East Of West
      Saga
      Nowhere Men
      We pretty much like the same shit?!

    • Saga
      Morning Glories
      Chew
      Bedlam
      Invincible

    • Saga
      Lazarus
      The Walking Dead
      The Manhattan Projects
      Fatale

    • The Manhattan Projects
      Saga
      East of West
      Lazarus
      The Walking Dead

    • Saga
      Nowhere Men
      Chew
      Five Ghosts (now an ongoing!)
      Morning Glories

    • Saga
      East of West
      Manhattan Projects
      Chew
      Five Ghost

    • Saga
      Satellite Sam
      Revival
      East of West
      Fatale

    • Don’t have a full five, but the Image books I’m really enjoying at the moment are:
      Saga
      Nowhere Men
      Fatale
      Lazarus

      I was very intrigued by the first issue of East of West, but I’m trade waiting to continue

    • Saga
      Fatale
      Skullkickers
      Lazarus
      Mind the Gap

    • Saga
      Manhattan Projects
      East of West
      Lazarus
      Satellite Sam

    • I love how everybody list is different accept they all have Saga.

    • Bored at work. Tallied the votes.

      Out of 12 votes cast:
      1 vote – Mind The Gap, Skullkickers, Chew, Morning Glories, and Invincible
      2 votes – Prophet, Satellite Sam, The Walking Dead, and Five Ghosts
      3 votes – Bedlam
      5 votes – Fatale
      6 votes – Lazarus and East of West
      7 votes – East of West

      And the winner, by a landslide, with 12 out of 12 votes – Saga.

      Conclusion: We’re all suckers for star-crossed lovers and alien genitalia.

    • Dammit!

      *7 votes – The Manhattan Projects

    • Hickman is owning it with his Image work as well. I’m surprised with how many people love Lazuras at this point. I like it a lot too (rated both issues 5 out of 5) but it’s only two issues in so I have a hard time putting it ahead of some of the other books that have manager to flesh out there stories a little bit more.

    • True story though if I was going to do a top 5 marvel it would def have Woods X-Men in it which is only three issues but I would say that is a testament to how much the overall quality of Image’s properties are (for myself) then most of the stuff coming out of the big 2

    • I think the praise for Lazarus stems mostly from the potential it carries. Rucka and Lark are both names that have earned a confidence from readers. And few writers are better than Rucka at both establishing a world and generating intrigue very quickly.

    • Yeah, Lazarus very nearly took the top spot on my list. I based my rankings on what I crave the most at this particular moment, not really taking into account how many issues we are into the run. It’s impossible to know how I’d rank the various series years from now once the runs are completed; it’ll probably be much different. But right now…man, I really love reading Lazarus.

      @WheelHands: thanks for the tally. I also did a tally based on a points system (assuming that folks are purposefully or subconsciously listing their picks in order). Right now the results are almost exactly the same as with your method, but I’ll try to post later in the weeks in case anyone else wants to vote. But right now it’s Saga 56 pts, Manhattan Projects 26 pts, East of West 16 pts, Lazarus14 pts, and Fatale 12 pts.

    • Saga
      Nowhere Men
      Morning Glories
      East of West
      Great Pacific
      Would be my Top 5

    • Would anybody have put East of West in there top 5 before issue 4? I know I wouldn’t have

    • I honestly would have. I was hooked instantly. But I only read a total of seven Image titles currently, so there weren’t many contenders for my Top Five.

    • @phess1 To answer your East of West question A B S O L U T E L Y!!!!!

    • Yeah I don’t think I would have. I liked it enough and the art was awesome but issue 4 is what really tied everything together for me.

    • Sorry guys, I’m a little late on this hopefully in time for the tally but here are mine in order.

      Saga
      The Manhattan Projects
      Lazarus
      Nowhere Men
      East of West

      I have all the trades of Chew, Fatale, Revival and Mind the Gap thus far but haven’t read any of them yet. I feel that if I was caught up to these at least one would crack the top 5. Also Ghosted looks really cool, that somehow slipped through my radar, I’ll have to pick up those first two issues this weekend.

    • Tally now stands at Saga=70, The Manhattan Projects=32, East of West=19, Nowhere Men=18, Lazarus=17

    • I think got to give Nowhere Men another shot tho

  15. Saga
    The Manhattan Projects
    Fatale
    Lazarus
    Bedlam

  16. i’d like to trade-wait you SAGA but you’re too good for that. like waiting for the next Breaking Bad episode.

  17. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    The second arc of this was slightly better than the first, I thought. Here’s hoping the trend continues. This is still narrowly the best series being produced right now.

  18. Think this was the first “meh” issue of the series for me.

    • Yea this was good not great, went out with a roar, came back with a whimper.

      Chew- if I could only buy one comic a month, this would be it.
      Saga
      Nowhere Men
      Manhattan Projects
      Prophet

  19. Okay issue. More could have been done story-wise, but Staples’ art is just SOOO beautiful that I can’t dislike it!

  20. JML (@twitter.com/JoshMLabelle) says:

    I really dug this, but I tend to like the slow interludes in things better than most people. Marko’s beard was pretty awesome.

  21. The wait was definitely worth it. Another great entry by Vaughn and Staples.

    I particularly loved the scenes in Quietus and there were a lot of good ideas by Vaughn on that planet. Also, the second introduction to Oswald made me laugh out loud.

    5/5

  22. Seeing the return cameo of a certain character made this for me. Also the art is phenomenal e

  23. Apparently I need to catch up on Bedlam, Prophet, Chew, Morning Glories, Great Pacific, and Nowhere Men. Cuz I’m already enjoying Saga, Manhattan Projects, Fatale, Lazarus, and East of West. Ah, an embarrassment of riches!

  24. So I can see why people may have not enjoyed the plot so much in this one but holy shit the dialogue in this mind blowing which in turn worked very well for the character development.

  25. It’s good to be back.

    Women, indeed.

  26. BKV & Staples have to be up to some kind of voodoo or witchcraft. There were no big, jaw-dropping reveals or epic battles this issue, but I enjoyed it more than any other comic this week. I’m freakin’ in love with the characters and the story. It’s like I’m starving to find out more about them and the world they inhabit. And Fiona Staples. Awesome. 🙂

    • Exactly….just when I thought I could predict some mind-bending cliffhanger…..nothing! How awesome that a simple ending touched an emotion within me that said, “It could NOT have been a better ending.” Thanks BKV & Staples!!!!

  27. Well, they can’t all be winners right? This issue was a bit on the slow side – but still it was a necessary “slow” and felt right in the pacing of this series – giving us a little time to catch our breaths.

    Staples remains the star of this book. I did like how BKV brought in a little bit of his Private Eye world with those two Paparazzi characters.

    Story = 3.5
    Art = 5

  28. I thought this issue was pretty good. The whole “flashback to things that have already” happened device always kind of annoys me but otherwise this was a solid 4. Glad it’s back!

    Also, I couldn’t believe some of the dickish letters in this issue. I thought the letters from Chris Cooley and Martin Perez were ridiculous and completely unnecessary. I don’t even understand why people would write and send those.

  29. PymSlap PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    Why’d The Will choose the name Sophie? Had he read it in a D. Oswald Heist novel?

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