It’s been close to four long months since the last issue of Saga hit store shelves. Since then, Saga by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples has been nominated and won three Eisner Awards and has garnered critical and commercial acclaim. Now the wait is over and Saga #13 is finally in our hands, and I can definitely say that it does not disappoint.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan starts off the issue by bringing us right back into this colorful world he’s been building from the get go. But instead of picking up at issue twelve’s tense cliffhanger, he steps back to show us how our heroes got the precarious predicament they were in last issue. The issue mainly bounces back and forth between two groups: Marko, Alana, their baby Hazel, Marko’s mother Klara, and their ghostly babysitter Izabel and the other group with The Will, Lying Cat, Gwendolyn, and Slave Girl. This technique gives us two different sides of the coin, and I feel it’s highly effective. Not only do we get to see what these two groups are currently up to, but we also get ample amounts of screen time for each character and some great character moments. A standout panel has Lying Cat hissing at Gwendolyn which made me grin from ear to ear. We also get two see Marko grieving over the loss of his father, which is refreshing to see in today’s comics where violence and death are fleeting ideas and characters barely get to register and reflect upon them. In contrast, we also get to see The Will grieving very differently over the death of his girlfriend, The Stalk. In addition to this, we are also introduced to two unnamed tabloid reporters early on in the issue. As of now, I’ve loved every character that BKV has introduced in the series thus far, so the more the merrier. My only complaint would be that I would have liked to see Prince Robot IV more prominently featured outside of just one panel.
Fiona Staples absolutely kills it with this issue. The art is positively gorgeous. The great thing about this book is that the art is given plenty of room to breathe. The most panels that cover the page at a given time only go up to six, so each panel throughout the book is greatly detailed and colorful. The contrasting settings that Staples’ draws is also breathtaking. On one page we are treated to Lying Cat and Slave Girl strolling across a bright green and flowery forest topped with a lush blue sky. Then, with a turn of a page, we are transported to a bleak and dark skeletal wasteland with each bone and skull highly detailed. The expressions of the characters are also a highlight of the issue and even further bring them to life. The high point for me is when Alana and Marko finally meet the drunken, gun wielding, tighty-whitey wearing D. Oswald Heist. There is so much motion in the one panel of the character; you can almost see him wobbling in his drunken stupor and can practically smell the beer on his breath.
Saga #13 reignites the series after its 4 month long hiatus and instantly hooks me back with its engaging story and stellar art. I am in this for the long haul.
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