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Review: Saga #9

David Gillette 01/19/2013 ZDONOTUSE

Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples are flying high above the rest of the industry with Saga over at Image Comics . This review is sort of spoilerish.

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.Saga Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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.Saga Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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.

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Unofficially a I'm a musicologist, journalist, and comic book/prose writer. Officially, a teacher and father of three. I also have a big nose. When I'm not teaching or writing for Comic Booked, I'm writing my new series The Ghost Notes. +David Gillette

  1. jeffhillwriter 01/19/2013 at 3:17 pm

    And yet again, you have proven that my pull list is not quite large enough. I'll be checking this series out next time I go into the comic shop.

  2. davidgillette 01/19/2013 at 8:01 pm

    This is at the top of my list every month. It's a must read.

  3. Tony_Cal 01/19/2013 at 8:35 pm

    I totally agree with David. This is a must read. This is by far the best comic I'm reading every month with Batman a close 2nd. I love me some SAGA. BKV and Fiona are a dynamic duo.

  4. Scorp_Moonopoly 01/19/2013 at 9:23 pm

    I'm still just afraid to read this, no way can it live up to the hype.

  5. davidgillette 01/19/2013 at 11:08 pm

    With the first trade at $9.99, you must buy it Skorp.

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 01/20/2013 at 1:28 am

      Yeah, I think that seals it. Plus I really don't know how much longer I can stay out of the loop on this one, it's getting to be embarrassing.

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