Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Saga #5: For Fantasy Lovers Everywhere
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples
July 18, 2012
I read the first four issues of this series all in one go and was then really sad that I had to wait for the fifth. The main aspects that drew me in were: 1) the relationship between Alana and Marko; 2) the world-building; 3) there are characters with tvs as heads! And the pictures change according to how they feel!; and 4) The Will became far more likeable than I expected.
So, all of those basically boil down to excellent character development and a really intriguing exposition of the world these characters live in. What's even better is that neither of these aspects overpower the other. The reader is given just enough information about the world and the characters to understand what's going on but you can tell that there's a lot we haven't been told yet, which means I have to keep reading!
The things I liked in the first four issues have carried on into the fifth; I really care about these characters. When there was even an inkling of a possibility that Alana and Marko might die, I was primed and ready to throw down the comic and stomp on it if that occurred. The best thing about this couple is that they act and talk like a real, new couple (even though Marko has horns and Alana has wings). They're in love, but still growing up and finding things out about each other, and even though they're scared to begin a new life together and they're still trying break bad habits for the sake of their baby, they're going to fight like hell to protect their family.
It's even possible to be sympathetic with the tv heads and the assassins in this comic, especially with the princess' news and a shocking ending for The Will and The Stalk.
Fiona Staples has done a great job on the art as well. The panels are precise and detailed, even pretty, despite the bizarre creatures. However, that's not to say that she shies away from gruesome moments either. Marko's fight scene is brutal and the very last page of this issue will both captivate and repulse you.
If you're a fantasy fan and you haven't picked up this comic already, you need to get yourself to a comic book store ASAP and read this comic!