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Saga #13 - Chapter Thirteen Review

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Marko, Alana, and crew head to a fog-covered planet to find Oswald Heist.

The Good

Marko is still dealing with the death of his father, heads out to find Oswald Heist with Alana, Hazel, Klara, and Izabel. The Will, Gwendolyn, Slave Girl, and Lying Cat try to focus in and track them down.

The stand-out part of the issue was the scene with The Will. He is quite the fan favorite, even though he's a minor antagonist to the main characters. His relationship with Gwendolyn starts to grow here, and it seems like the two may become romantic in the future. Also, Slave Girl finally gets a name. This group is quickly becoming a nice little family unit, and they already have a pet. The coolest pet in the galaxy: Lying Cat.

One thing that this book has over every single other book on the shelves is that every single character in this book is strong enough to hold their own solo series. Well, maybe not Hazel because she's a baby. Writer Brian K Vaughan's strength in this series, as well as the numerous other series he's written is developing characters and making the reader want to know more. The reader just becomes enthralled with who these characters are and what they're all individually trying to accomplish. Some characters are a bit more interesting than others, but overall, these are some of the most intriguing characters in current comic books.

While there's no giant with humongous testicles or a television screen showing some adult rated material, Fiona Staples art, in this issue, is still something that should be talked about around the water cooler. Her brilliant art style has a lot of fairy-tale elements to it. Everything just pops of the page, and her art, combine with the story, gives the reader something different from the other comics on the shelves. Also, the Bone Bugs are pretty darn cool. Who doesn't love a beast made entirely of random bones?

The Bad

This book hasn't been around for a couple months, and delays can really hurt a story. While it's true most fans would rather have a delayed book with solid writing and art, rather than the artist/writer rushing or the publisher putting on a fill-in artist/writer, delays still suck for fans.

The biggest problem with this issue is that it feels like this should have been issue #12 and issue #12 should be issue #13. Everything that happens here takes place before #12. This story is all about the journey to find Heist. It feels backwards, and as a jumping back on point, the events of issue #12 would have worked much better than what happened here.

The Verdict

Here's the thing about this issue, overall. I wasn't as happy with it as I was with the other issues. Sure, it's good, but this delay really created a big disconnect for me from the characters and story. There's a pretty, what should be, emotional scene towards the end of the issue that fell a bit flat for me. The art and writing are perfectly fine. The problem is just that it's been a while since the reader has been with these character and in their world. Regardless, the art and writing are still great, and it's a very good issue. The biggest problem a lot of fans will have is frankly, we're all just a bit sad the book has been gone for so long, but we're extremely happy to have it back.

Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

19 Comments
Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

Saga is LITERALLY, the most fun comic book series i've ever read. So awesome.... i can't praise it enough imo.

Posted by darkwingdan

A 4 for Saga is like a 7 for every other title out there.

Posted by Mucklefluga

How dare you give this a 4 Mat

Posted by krunkeela

I had to seriously cut my pull list, so today all I picked up was this and Batman 23. Infinity sure looked good along with a bunch of other stuff I couldn't get :(.

Edited by Shallbecomeabattoo

I know I am in the minority, but Saga just is not for me. In fact, BKV is just not my cup of tea... I don't really know why, but somehow he leaves me cold most times. Even Y the last man started to bore me a bit towards the ending. But I am glad that you guys enjoy it so much!

Posted by sweetesttoaster

Well to be fair, I think that the delay was planned. I think the cycle is that they put out six issues and then take four months off.

Edited by danhimself

the delay hurt....I knew I should have reread the first 12 issues before I read this but I just didn't get around to it....still have a nerd crush on Alana though

Posted by EvilPenguin543

Saga is probably my favorite book out right now, and it's always hard when the crew goes on a break.

Posted by K3vinkha0S

Ha, the timeline jump works, I'm pretty sure it was intended that way. I mean, a few months off to give the artist a chance to breath... And you knock off a star. Another stellar issue of the best book on the shelves. Five Stars*

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

4 stars for SAGA? How dare you InfoEgo? Your ego has taken over.

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Decided not to get this today and dropped it from monthly. Tough decision, but I'll start reading it in trade.

Edited by johnny_spam

I really am losing interest in Marko and Alana and getting more interested in other characters I would love to have seen more of The Will than what was in the issue.

Posted by DonFelipe

The coolest pet in the galaxy: Lying Cat.

My avatar likes this.

Edited by longbowhunter

I'm just glad to have Saga back. And The Stalk return, even if it was in a vision.

Posted by hufnagel0

I thought the delay to bank pages was supposed to be two months between arcs, but I could be wrong. I dug the issue a lot, but I'm glad I took the time to reread 1-12 yesterday so I felt like I was in it again and not too disconnected.

Edited by Cavemold

I really like this issue and for disconnect I would say re read 1-12:) I can understand where you are coming from though.!

Posted by Owie

I have to admit, I understand the 4 stars. I love this series. But I felt like this issue was a bit subpar. The writing was OK, but there weren't any scenes that grabbed me and slapped me silly like there have been in every other issue. And Fiona's art seemed a bit below her normal level too. It just didn't have the beautiful edge I've come to expect. Nothing bad, mind you. Still better than most comics. But less than normal.

Posted by Perfect 10

i feel ya. its been so long i didnt remember anyone's name except lying cat. too many breaks in this book. still a great a book just not as great and overly hype as people try to make it