Review: Saga #5 from Brian K. Vaughan @FionaStapes and @ImageComics
Short Version: Saga #5 continues Brian K. Vaughan’s run on one of the best-written and consistent books on the market right now. It’s a solid read throughout, but the end is a freakin’ exclamation mark. This is a great comic book, people.
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
|Prince Robot IV looking
There are lots of things to love about Saga, but issue 5 of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga is a really great reminder that the characters are the heart of the thing, no matter how weird or crazy these things look. Prince Robot IV, despite having a a television for a face, has a great human moment to open the book up, while Alana and Marko continue to try and avoid violence in the face of a pointless war, and The Will’s moral challenges continue. It’s a great issue that moves every character forward or, at least, presents them with an obstacle that they will need to overcome to determine who they are and who they will be going forward. The ending is a jaw-dropper, too, although I won’t say anything more about it. Just as things start to look up on one front they look like they can’t get much worse on the other. The balance in the storytelling is wonderful and I couldn’t be looking forward to next issue much more than I am.
Still, the stuff at the beginning and middle of Saga #5 is no slouch either. The Will, in particular, has a rough go this issue and I am particularly interested to see how his arc comes out. The world in Saga continues to be perhaps the best in all comics right now. It is full of strange creatures that are more human than most of the humans in other comics, motivated by their own senses of morality, love, and revenge. As always, it is wonderfully brought to life by Staples. The strange world of Saga is always a site to behold: alien and unique. Something that can be said of very few books.