Posted by:
Ken Porter

Review: Saga #3


The thing that I can say every month about Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is that it’s unpredictable. Every month I read a new issue and I find new things to love about the characters, the world, and the wonderful combination of the artwork and writing.

This month finds Marko bleeding to death as Alana makes a deal with the ghost of a young girl, Izabel, who was killed during the war. Prince Robot IV is interrogating a prisoner about Alana and Marko’s escape from the prison facility, and delivers possibly the best line this week in comics. Throw in another great scene with The Will and The Stalk and you’ve got fun on a galactic scale.

Vaughan’s take on the space opera is more human than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Not since the original Star Wars have I felt the realism in character attitudes that Saga is pulling off each month. I wouldn’t be surprised if this series keeps growing in popularity to the point where it gets the same following as the original Star Wars trilogy.

Fiona Staples doesn’t just build a beautiful eye-catching world; she also builds believable reactions and emotions in her character’s faces. Every page that has someone reacting or gesturing to the slightest event feels authentic and organic, which is hard to pull off consistently. She’s definitely going to be a rising star in the world of comics as this series continues.

Fans of science fiction can rejoice that Image has found its flagship title in the realm of cosmic storytelling. I’ve been telling all of my friends about this and now I’m going to be working overtime to let them know that they won’t find anything else like this on the spinner racks.