Saga: Volume Six

July 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , )

saga6Saga: Volume Six by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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It’s hard to keep saying something new about Saga, which is ironic, since every new collected edition has something new to say. Whether it’s a new alien or a new development or just a nice turn of phrase, Saga keeps moving forward, taking us along with the family who makes up the heart of the story. In fact, with this sixth volume, the name Saga starts to make a lot more sense, since it seems like we’re going to be following this family for a long time.

One thing I noticed this time around is how central the art is to the story being told. Sure, Vaughan is carrying the story forward with his words and keeping us engaged with the plot, but Staples is giving us the real truth of the characters with their expressions. Staples nails it, again and again, even if the story is rushing along more quickly than I would have expected. We can see the anguish in Marko’s face when he has to leave Alanna again; we can see the pride in Marko’s mother’s eyes when she sees him again after several years; and we can see the joy in Alanna’s whole body when … well, that would be telling. The characters are what make this story work so well, and Vaughan and Staples both put a lot of work into them to make them so good.

Fans of the series already know that they should read this. The rest of you should step up your game, because if you haven’t read it yet, then you should. Go back, and start at the beginning. I may have said this before, but Saga continues to be a brilliant story, beautifully told.

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