Comic Vine Review


Saga #12 - Chapter Twelve Review


Prince Robot IV heads to Quietus to talk to author Oswald Heist about one of his books.

As you may have heard, Apple has banned this issue because of two small images on the open pages. However, you can still get it on the Comixology website. It will still sync with your iOS devices after you do this, so don’t fret. You can still get your SAGA on, this month.

The Good

Prince Robot IV has a hunch to where Alana, Marko, Hazel, and the rest of the group are, so he heads to Queitus to find D. Oswald Heist, who wrote the book A Nighttime Smoke, which Alana was reading in previous issues. Prince Robot believes the group was inspired by the works of Heist. The author, on the other hand, doesn't know what he's talking about since he wrote the book for a quick buck.

While most people will be focusing on, in this issue, will be the first couple of pages with the "controversial" panels. Ignore it. It has little to nothing to do with the issue. This issue is about growing Prince Robot IV as a character. The entire issue focuses on Prince Robot as someone who has experienced war, someone who has experience violence, firsthand, and someone who is willing to do what it takes to complete his mission. I love the fact that writer Brian K Vaughan takes the time to spend a whole issue developing this character further.

BKV does a phenomenal job with the dialogue between Prince Robot and Oswald Heist. I really liked how this conversation played out and that we get to learn a bit more about Prince Robot. This issue makes him a tad less of a horrible "person." Don’t get me wrong, a coulpe things happen here that reaffirm the fact he’s a villain, but he’s a bit more humanized in this issue. I really like Heist here. There's a lot more to the character than on the surface. BKV has once again created an extremely cool character.

I love the secondary characters in this issue, from the medical mouse in the opening, to the upright walking seal. Their time in the issue is incredibly brief, but I really enjoy the overall designs. It adds to the overall design and feel of the world as well. It lets the reader know that while they are out in space, there’s a bit of familiarity to everything around these characters. It’s not so alien, afterall.

Speaking of designs and art, Fiona Staples, once again, like every single issue on this series, does a phenomenal job in the art department. The opening splash page is a testament to how beautiful her art is on this series. Her line work, inks, and colors are brilliant here and throughout the rest of the issue. Her art is consistently amazing.

The Bad

It is a bit of a slower issue. Nothing huge. It works, but if there's anything here to complain about, it's this, and it's only a minor complaint.

The Verdict

Like I said, ignore the controversy with this issue because the last thing you should focus on is two small pictures on two different panels. It's not the focus of the issue and ultimately, it doesn't matter. This series stands out, on its own, every month as one of the best books in the business. BKV and Fiona Staples continue to build on the SAGA world here and we get to see a little more into Prince Robot's history as well as meet the writer of the book Alana was reading in earlier issues. While this issue lacks Marko, Alana, and company, and it may be a tad slow for some readers, it delivers. Every issue of this series is awesome.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

24 Comments Refresh
Posted by judasnixon

An amazing Issue..... Oh hey Apple..... Yeah over here.............. SUCK IT!

Posted by Sissel

I just want to know what is the reasoning for those images to flash in such a time like that. Other than that, an excellent issue for me.

Edited by Shallbecomeabattoo

I didn't read Saga yet, because I am not the biggest BKV fan (only thing from him I finished was Y tlm but anything else was rather meh, for my taste), but I have to say that I somehow get the controversy aboutthose two images. Not because its gay sex (don't have any problem with that) but because its too graphic and too pornographic for my taste. If thats a recurring thing in Saga, I don't wanna read it, to be honest. No, I am not a prude and yes, I enjoy sex, butI don't need pornography in my comicbooks. I also don't need pornography in my movies. Sex scenes, yes, if its in service of the story. Pornography, no. In need pornography in my pornography. Nowhere else.

Posted by judasnixon

@sissel: I want to say it was a metaphor for to say suck it to the comic industry. The whole issue was pretty meta........... An author talking about his own work for a whole issue........

Edited by kkwatkins

FYI....Apple DID NOT BAN this issue....someone is spreading false info

Posted by End_Boss

An author talking about his own work for a whole issue........

Well that's conceited.

Edited by judasnixon

@end_boss: If you can't express how you feel what is the point of art?

Posted by Dabee

I can't help but think that the whole ban thing is going to be part of the story, like it was all planned. Eh, probably not.

Posted by End_Boss
Posted by ManlyScream

This has to be my breakout book from last year. Consistently entertaining, engaging and the character development has been very intriguing. Glad to see another great issue at hand.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Gonna be another solid issue.

Posted by sparty-dbq

How many times in these first 12 issues do you suppose Fiona Staples has asked BKV "You want me to draw WHAT?!"

Edited by Cap10nate

I think that I am starting to fall off the Saga bandwagon. I feel that a lot of times it is crude for the sake of being crude without adding anything other than shock to the story. I think the story is good, but isn't the best out there today in my eyes. Fiona Staples is a fantastic artist though.

Posted by K3vinkha0S

Another stellar issue. As far as the controversy, shocking imagery like this is nothing new to the series, it has always been apart of SAGA and it's what makes it so thought provoking and challenging to the readers. Like a shotgun blast to your brain with every page turn.

Posted by jloneblackheart

Like last time, I'll point out that the series is going on the brief hiatus again (seems every six issues), only this time they didn't give a date for it's return. The second trade will be out soon also, but again no date.

Also, if you look at the back, there is an awesome Lying Cat shirt that will be mine.

Great review Mat (and I can call you that because we are friends according to Facebook)

Edited by Ellie_Knightfall

Another stellar issue. As far as the controversy, shocking imagery like this is nothing new to the series, it has always been apart of SAGA and it's what makes it so thought provoking and challenging to the readers. Like a shotgun blast to your brain with every page turn.

I'd go further as to say it's nothing new to BKV work in general. The Amazons and countless nude/sex scenes in Y: The Last Man are proof of that.

Posted by judasnixon

@sparty_dbq: I think Fiona is having the time of he life drawing this.........

Posted by longbowhunter

This issue reminds me of the first bit in Inglorious Basterds when Christoph Waltz has that very uneasy conversation with the home owner. Slow and super tense. After 12 issues I feel we're really starting to get a handle on who Prince Robot IV is.

Edited by Owie

It was a bit slower than usual, but I liked how you had to keep looking at the scene from a new perspective after new information was revealed.

And that cat shirt is sweet.

Edited by SavageDragon


As usual.

Posted by gregroyj42

question for all the readers of Saga. How graphic is this series on a whole? looking to read the library copy of the first trade but I have two young girls. They want to look at everything I bring home. Is this something my six year old would understand if she found it while I am at work?

Edited by Mondo20o

@gregroyj42: There's always a page or two every issue where something graphic is somewhere the kids won't see man

Posted by AltyAce

@gregroyj42: This is definitely not suitable for a 6 year old.

A character goes to a planet called Sextillion, where an orgy is depicted with genitalia displayed. There is child prostitution, child birth, frequent swearing, graphic blood and guts, violence and robot headed sex in the first volume alone.

No doubt though that this is a great story for mature readers.

Posted by Rich711

Did anyone else think the art looked rushed and not up to par with past issues?