Saga #53 review: Always raising the bar

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For those that don’t know (who are you???), Saga (Image) is the space opera/fantasy story of a family that comes from both sides of a war. Alana and Marko fall in love, have a child, and flee from their planets because their love means more to them than the ridiculous fighting on their home worlds.

Saga is for adults, as in there is nudity, sex, drugs, violence, and language. There are adult situations and adult stories in Saga that this comic book tells better than on any other medium. So it’s no wonder that Saga has been raised up to such high accolades and has such a hardcore following. Created and written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, this is by far my favorite comic book being put out today.

Saga #53In the latest issue, the body of Doff (lover and fellow reporter to Upsher) is finally found. This leads to tension in a standoff between an alien bounty hunter who has Squire (Prince Robot IV’s son) and Upsher and Alana who are trying to get Squire released. At the same time, we get to see the outcome to the standoff between The Will and Prince Robot IV, once Marko comes upon them. I don’t want to give anything away so all I will say is that the end of this book is shocking!!!

The thing about Saga is that at the end of each book, I truly want more. If you start at the beginning, these characters feel like family. When something bad happens to them, you feel it. When they celebrate the good times, it brings a smile to your face. It’s really the only comic book that I’ve ever read that feels like it is pretty much perfect with every issue.

Wrap Up

Read Saga. You can buy the Trades to catch up (comiXology always has Image sales) then keep up with the individual issues. The price is $2.99USD per monthly issue and it will stay that price for as long as it is being produced. This was something that Brian K. Vaughan stipulated when he came to Image. While most books are now hitting $3.99, you don’t have to worry about this one increasing. It is so worth the read and I encourage anyone and everyone to try it out!


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