This month’s issue of Saga has been the topic of some controversy due to the vulgar nature of Fiona Staples art; oddly enough this style is also a reason why her art is so appealing. I’ve heard talks of comic shops not allowing this “Saga” into their stores, and for a brief stint the popular comic website ComiXology was not offering the book on Apple devices. This outrageousness is a shame because it overshadows the incredible chapter that is Saga #12.
WRITTEN BY: Brian K. Vaughan
ART BY: Fiona Staples
RELEASE DATE: April 10th
This book kicks off with a flashback as per usual in the Saga world. This also is where the source of controversy occurs. As Prince Robot IV is spurting blue fluid from a viscous neck wound, his video display shows a graphic male on male bukkake session. If you don’t know what a bukkake is you’ve not explored the internet thoroughly enough. Controversy aside this issue does revisit the Prince as he continues his pursuit of Alana, Marko, and Hazel by heading to the home world of the cycloptic author of the novel which caused Alana and Marko’s interspecies love story. This book focuses primarily on dialogue as the author and Prince Robot banter over the true meaning of the novel and the circumstance revolving around its conception. The issue ends in magnificent fashion as it comes to a climax and leaves more than a little bit of a cliff hanger ending.
BKV has an incredible imagination. This story just seems to link together all the different story lines, the Prince had been left out for quite a while as The Will took center stage but low and behold the original purser is once again closest to the prize. The pace is steady, but as the conversation heats up so does the pace, this is a typical BKV attribute since there has not been a boring issue yet even if they have a lull at some point.
Fiona Staples takes center stage once again as she elegantly brings BKV’s world to life. Her ability to add so much raunch and gore to the story just adds something raw to her incredible artistic ability. Whether it’s a bukkake, little seal critters, or blood and gore, Fiona is able to cover all bases in spectacular fashion.
If you’ve read my reviews before, you know this book is the be all end all of my existence, hate it or love it you have to appreciate what BKV and Fiona are doing for not only the genre but for comics in general.
Reviewed by –GreenBasterd