Finally! Saga #13 is here and it was worth the wait. As if anyone expected any different from the multiple Eisner-award winning scribe, Brian K. Vaughan delivers another awesome issue of his signature work. Along with the dreamy art of Fiona Staples, this book owns up to every bit of hype it’s gotten since inception.
Being a relatively new father, this story hit me hard from the first issue. Seeing the amount of risk and danger these people deal with, all while holding an infant in their arms, just heightens the sense of danger from 9 to 15.5. Movies like Children of Men and comics like Lone Wolf and Cub have the same effect as Saga does on me and other readers. I’ve never hated a villain as much as I hate that Robot thing. Probably because I know, given the chance, that he’d most likely kill that baby without thinking twice.
The only thing too far-fetched, in my opinion, is the fact that Marko and Alana’s romance is the first one to happen. Evar! Characters speak about them the same way Ahab talked about Moby Dick. They’re the most unknown, vile, despicable idea in their entire universe even though genocide is like breakfast to most of the population. There are literally, like, 1 or 2 moderates in Saga’s entire galaxy so far.
The Will, Gwen, Lying Cat, and slave girl (who finally gets a name thanks to a vision The Will receives) struggle to get the ship back up and continue their pursuit. Meanwhile, Hazel and crew touch down on one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen in a while. One which I won’t spoil if you haven’t read it. It must be amazingly fulfilling to get to craft an entirely new world in which all your crazy ideas you never thought anybody would like, fit perfectly. Hazel’s dialog on the panel containing the other reveal, in tighty whities, is priceless and probably quite personal.
Fiona Staples’ art is perfect. It’s gorgeous, unique, expressive, and compelling. It tells a story all by itself and never allows you to look away from the page. I usually instinctively go straight to the word balloons on a panel but for the first time, I study the pencils first and then read the amazing writing. It’s like cell-shaded, watercolored, Borderlands meets Justice League Unlimited.
The humanity and truthfulness in this writing are so far away from anything else on the shelves. The dialog is honest and natural and curse words come out at the perfect time, read subconsciously with the exact emphasis I’m sure Vaughan intended. The only thing capable of overshadowing the writing is Fiona Staples. I get so lost in the drawings that I forget the last word balloon I read and have to go back two or three panels. Saga is one of those stories that could turn into an empire. Luckily for us though, that will never happen.
Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Drawn by Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics