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Saga #8 - Chapter Eight Review

5

The story of Alana and Marko's first time meeting is revealed. Alana gets to know her father-in-law, and Marko and his mother deal with the Fard.

The Good

SAGA is currently my favorite on-going series. Each issue is better than the last. At no moment have I been disappointed in any way with this series, and this issue is currently my favorite.

What I've loved about this series is that we gradually get bits and pieces of these characters past laced throughout each issue, and in issue 8, we finally get to see how Marko and Alan met, and it's not what you think at all. Aside from how they first met, we get a great sense of who Alana was before these two characters met, and where she was in life, all laced together with some fantastic narration from their daughter, Hazel. I've said it since the earlier issues that Hazel's narration is one of my favorite aspects of this book. I love seeing the point of view from the daughter, far in the future. It's insanely cool.

Alana and Barr, Marko's father, get to know each other well in this issue. This issue contains some pretty awesome moments of two different alien races, who hate each other, getting to know each other on a personal level. This issue makes Barr into a very likable character, since the last one painted him as quite the jerk.

On the flip side of things, Klara (Marko's mother) and Marko get to know the giant Fard and what is happening with Izabel and the planet they are on. While the scenes of Alana and Barr made me feel empathy for Barr, these scenes with Klara and Marko made me start to despise Klara. She's got a lot of anger pent up from things in her past involving Marko, and there's some bigger reveals about everyone's history here as well.

What writer Brian K Vaughan does well here is make every sub-plot and sub-story just as interesting as the main story. I am engrossed into every aspect of this book, and I just want more. Saga is my crack, and I always need a fix.

Here's something you should know by now, artist Fiona Staples is brilliant. Her designs and the world she's created, artistically, are nothing short of phenomenal. She has a large range of things she can do, and somehow they all fit together brilliantly.

The Bad

I have to wait until 1/16 for the next issue.

I want to see more Izabel!

The Verdict

SAGA #8 is pure, 100% awesomeness. It will be no surprise if you see this on the Top of the Pile list for me in December. The story really evolves here as we catch glimpses into Alana and Marko's past, and we get to know Marko's parents a bit more. The writing and art here are top notch, and this is a book you have to start reading, but I recommend you pick up the first trade before diving right in.

Overall, this is a must buy.

SAGA 8 gets 5 Fards out of 5
22 Comments
Posted by Sniper Jack

Manta kicking some X-men butt, go girl!!!!

Posted by Mucklefluga
Saga is my crack, and I always need a fix.

Totally agree! Love this series! And i think i always comment the same every review!

Posted by inferiorego

@Mucklefluga said:

Saga is my crack, and I always need a fix.

Totally agree! Love this series! And i think i always comment the same every review!

The people need to understand this is brilliant.

Posted by Mucklefluga

@inferiorego said:

@Mucklefluga said:

Saga is my crack, and I always need a fix.

Totally agree! Love this series! And i think i always comment the same every review!

The people need to understand this is brilliant.

We must preach to them Mat! If Saga isn't the highest selling comic by June then i will go live under a rock for the rest of my life (with Saga being posted to that rock on each release day of course).

Posted by evensteve11

Brilliant issue. Just take my money, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Great stuff overall.

Posted by frankcmu

Such a great story... :D

Posted by briangsharon

I would love to read it if I could track down the single issues in my shop :(

Posted by Loki2u

This book intrigued me from day one, and I'm so glad I got on board when it was first released. It is by far my favorite title I'm currently reading, and can't wait to dig into this issue later tonight.

Saga rocks!

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

I seriuosly do not get the hype over this book. I've read all the issues and I just find them okay. I love Vaughn's work especially Y the Last Man, but this doesn't appeal to me much.

Posted by inferiorego

@MadeinBangladesh said:

I seriuosly do not get the hype over this book. I've read all the issues and I just find them okay. I love Vaughn's work especially Y the Last Man, but this doesn't appeal to me much.

I have a couple friends who are the same way. They are not fantasy fans, so this just doesn't appeal to them.

Posted by Mercy_

I love Saga so much, I don't even have words.

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Posted by judasnixon

"FARD WILL EAT YOUR SOULS, AND PISS THEM OUT FARD'S ANUS!"

Posted by derf_jenkins

@briangsharon said:

I would love to read it if I could track down the single issues in my shop :(

Ask the shop owner to order this for you and it should be no problem. This is a book everyone should at least try out. If it isn't for you, then so be it.

Posted by longbowhunter

Gwendolyn! I see things aren't going to get any easier for or space faring parents.

Posted by cyberchop979

Yup, Saga is Comic Book Crack.

Posted by Owie

Totally agree with every word in the review.

Posted by darkwingdan

I love Snyder's Batman and Waid's Daredevil, but this is by far the best book on the market.

Posted by SavageDragon

This book is effin GORGEOUS MAN. And I'm not just talking about the art. 5/5 fards for me to. FAAAARRRRDDDDDD!!! I love Saga. Top 3 books for me every month.

Posted by SlantedRoom

Is Brian K Vaughn the best comic book writer at the moment? I mean think about it, has he put out a bad piece if work? Y: The Last Man my favorite comic of all time. Ex Machina is amazing as well and Saga is, in my opinion, by far the best current ongoing comic. If not the best, he is at least the most consistent!

Posted by SlickyMike88

This is easly my currently favoritt comic book series right now:) I just love it

Posted by danhimself

I can't wait for them to someday release an omnibus of this series....it's just one of those books that begs to be read all in one sitting

Posted by Ellie_Knightfall

Just got around to reading this (my pile is criminally large right now). The last page had me literally dropping my jaw.