Frankly, no one is coming close to delivering the interesting mix of humor, social commentary, and flat-out imagination in what’s slowly becoming an epic tale. Issue 9 of Saga manages to trump the previous issues, delivering another compelling tale about The Will, perhaps the most interesting galactic bounty hunter since Boba Fett.
For fans of the series, issue 9 begins with him stuck in a dream about the slave girl he left behind on Sextillion with a guest appearance by The Stalk. Fiona Staples is creating art without peer right now in terms of sheer imagination, especially with how she renders this dream sequence.
Brian K. Vaughan’s writing works a wonderful tandem with her artistic storytelling to deliver a classic dream sequence turned nightmare. This sets up an entertaining plot development with Marko’s former fiancée, Gwendolyn, waking The Will from his nightmare to talk business and forging an agreement on the condition she can help him recover the slave girl. She wants The Will to get back on the trail of Marko and Alaina in only a way that a scorned woman can, with a bargain being struck that is amusing and clever.
As usual, Lying Cat makes this scene one of the better laugh out loud moments, showing Vaughan’s developing skill at writing humorous situations. There were interesting and funny moments in a lot of his previous stories, but he’s tapping some hysterically funny moments that makes Saga one of the funniest comics around.
Of course, it’s not all laughs. Vaughan’s return to The Will’s desire to save the slave girl from Sextillion reminds readers that Saga is also willing to take some serious turns to develop its characters while developing the plot.
The slave girl provides a crucial push to the plot as Gwendolyn and The Will pick up the search for Marko and Alaina. There’s been a bit too much peace for the two, even if Marko had to take down a giant with questionable hygiene on his hang low last issue.
Without giving away too much, The Will and Gwendolyn engage in an action filled scene to recover the slave girl with the reward being her freedom and some help in closing in on Marko and Alaina. For the love of all that is sacred, go buy issue 9 of Saga or I will not be able to contain my not as spoilerish review. It’s my pick of the week.