After a short hiatus, one of Images’ best books of the year, Saga, returns this week with a fresh mouth-watering arc. Brian K. Vaughan weaves one hell of story, mixing the fantasy genre seamlessly with science fiction to make something that puts all other books out there to shame. “Saga” #7 continues with the mature themes which is also refreshing. Though this issue lacks any crazy violence, Vaughan’s utilizes the issue to offer up some deep social context for his fantastical world.
WRITTEN BY: Brian K. Vaughan
ART BY: Fiona Staples
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: November 14th, 2012
This issue begins with a flash back showing the influences of Marko’s life on Wreath and why his union with Alana is so appalling to the general public. At this point, we come back to where issue #6 left off, with the sudden appearance of Marko’s mother and father. The issue familiarizes us with Marko’s parents as well as the developing situation around Izabel’s banishment. The slow pace shows Vaughan’s poise as a storyteller who can develop a complex and solid plot. The happy couple is split up for the time being during the issue, Marko with his mother and Alana with his father. There’s a disgusting ogre thrown in there for good measure that makes you wonder where Fiona Staples’ mind is at.
The appearance of Hazel’s grandparents adds a new dimension to the story, the protagonists being continuously hunted but evading their captors comes to a crushing end. It is unknown at the
moment what this new development means, but BKV surely has loads of insane plot points up his sleeve. Vaughan has taken two genres and amazingly created a new one of its own.
While Vaughan’s ability to weave a storyline is unquestionable, my favorite part of his writing is the snappy dialogue. It can go from being light and funny to dark and ugly in only a few panels, reflecting on Vaughan’s ability to build tension.
The genre meshing elements also come across in Fiona Staple’s art work. She does a stunning job mixing the styles of realism and absurdism to create a truly unique world. The characters each have their own unique racial aspects that are clearly reflective of the fantasy, but their appearances, movement, and expression hold a very realistic look. All her work does is add to BKV’s already amazing story. It’s a match made in heaven.
“Saga” is by far one of the most original and fantastic books in the comic realm. It’s almost unfair to compare it to other work as it fits in its own niche. The art is reflective of the themes within the story and the dialogue adds another reason to why this story is so mesmerizing. I’m glad its finally back!
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd