It’s that time of the month! Saga drops with another outstanding issue brought to you by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, and Image Comics. “Saga” is easily my favourite series to drop this past year, every issue brings new elements, plot twists, and, best of all, world building. Anyone who has read an issue knows that BKV is next level when it comes to the all-encompassing world he’s created and Fiona works magic with the pencil. Issue #9 is just another example of their combined prowess.
WRITTEN BY: Brian K. Vaughan
ART BY: Fiona Staples
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE DATE: January 16
Notorious bounty hunter extraordinaire The Will has been off the radar since the death of his lover and fellow hunter, The Stalk. Last issue brought him back into the fold as Marko’s ex-fiancé Gwendolyn sought out The Will’s agent to inquire about his lack of progress. Since the short hiatus, “Saga” has been following the storyline of Hazel’s parents and grandparents as they race across the galaxy in their tree/spaceship; this issue now expands on The Will and the new addition of Gwendolyn. The books pace is fairly steady with a decent amount of killing and the revisiting of The Will’s obsession with saving Slave Girl from her current occupation on Sextillion. This issue builds a rapport between The Will and Gwendolyn, foreshadowing a potential partnership between the pair as they seek revenge.
As always, BKV done an incredible job developing the plot of the story and keeping up the constant tension as events unfold throughout the book. The issue develops The Will’s character as he seeks the void left by The Stalk’s death while simultaneously familiarizes the reader with Gwendolyn’s character and her desire to kill Marko. This issue gives a pretty hefty ending as well.
Fiona Staples comes out guns blazing. Her art has such a realistic look even when depicting the types of fantastic creatures and environments the BKV thinks up. Fiona leaves nothing to the imagination, the art is R-rated as of late with nudity or ridiculous kill scenes.
Every issue makes me more and more excited for the next; if you haven’t picked up an issue of “Saga” yet, you’re out of your mind.
Reviewed By -GreenBastard