Review by: TheNextChampion

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Story by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Cover by Fiona Staples

Size: 0 pages
Price: 2.99

Saga is a great series but I haven’t completely fallen in love with it. Brian K. Vaughan is one hell of a writer and he gets to show his comedic chops as well as his imaginative side as a writer here. It also doesn’t hurt that he has one talented artist in Fiona Staples to draw his brilliant madness. Quite frankly if Staples wasn’t the artist here I seriously doubt we’d be talking about this title as much as we have.

The reason why I haven’t fallen in love with this book is that, while it is written very well, the tropes we’re seeing here aren’t very unique. A ‘Romeo-Juliet’ story? That’s been done. A story about parents trying to protect their child? That’s been done. A story about going into a planet filled with naked tricylops? Okay that hasn’t been done and its moments like that where it makes this series stand out from the rest. I’m not denying that this book can be seriously funny nor am I saying that BKV hasn’t got a great series on his hand. But when I read this particular issue I just didn’t find much to gush over. His pacing with the dialogue is still good and he does bring some dark humor to the title. But again, nothing to really ‘love’ about this issue. (I hope that makes sense)

What I’ll always love about this series though is Fiona Staples art. Her style is very weird and it can be a bit hard to describe it. There’s a wealth of detail in each page and yet it has a rough quality to it. The characters are well defined but they don’t have many detailed qualities apart from their outfits. Look at how she draws their faces. You see the emotion in each panel but she doesn’t put the detail in the face. She is a master at using eyes to showcase emotions. You see a character’s determination or anger just by looking at their eyes. Of course she also draws some great alien planets and creatures when need be. We get a great sequence of the epic war we hear so much about. Also, we quite possibly get one of the grossest panels in the history of comics. Amazing how Staples is able to draw the prettiest things and yet deliver some unimaginable horror in regards to that one page.

This is a five star comic all the way just on the dialogue alone by Vaughan. But the reason I can’t fully love this series is because there isn’t much originality to it, or he is using tropes we’ve seen a million times over the years. Again, not denying the talent in his scripts but I just can’t bring myself to say this is the best series on the stands just on the premise. What will keep me going month after month is the gorgeous work by Fiona Staples and that should be a given to anyone who picks an issue up of Saga. You gotta be crazy if you don’t see the amazing talent she brings each issue.

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent


  1. “The reason why I haven’t fallen in love with this book is that, while it is written very well, the tropes we’re seeing here aren’t very unique. A ‘Romeo-Juliet’ story? That’s been done. A story about parents trying to protect their child? That’s been done. ”

    I see what you’re saying, but I must respectfully disagree. I don’t think we’ve seen this particular story done this way before. I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a Romeo-and-Juliet story that is basically about the conflict between Palestine and Israel in the style of an epic space opera, which is what Saga more or less is. Great review otherwise, I just can’t say I share any kind of a “been there, done that” feeling when it comes to this book.

    • Yea, I’m with you on this, but that’s the problem with storytelling: there’s NOTHING new under the sun. Tropes, archetypes and epic heroes have graced stories for ages, and for good reason. We are attracted to certain types of stories because they define and reflect who we are as human beings, not because they necessarily tell us something new. Thus, I think the goal of an effective story-teller is to tell an old story in a new light: to take something familiar and true and make it completely his or her own. Iconic characters borrow heavily from other works, but is a great storyteller who helps us care about these characters, even though a.) they’re fictional and b.) we’ve seen them before.

      Odysseus, Luke Skywalker, Marty Mcfly, Frodo and Harry Potter are variations of the same story interpreted by individual story-tellers in the way they see fit.

      Just because a story type has been told before doesn’t mean it is unoriginal. It’s just a question if that artist’s execution of that story fits the story and characters best and whether they have worked to re-interpret this story in a new and different light.

      However, I am heavily biased towards this series, as it seems like its the most effective storytelling, in my opinion, in comic form today. Once again, heavily biased.

  2. Plus. Double good fucking review.

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