That is where we begin in Saga Chapter 15. As usual, this is a very adult story. Yes, there is violence but the sexual nature tends to be what people don’t want kids seeing. This issue has some sexual content but not as much as previous issues. While there is no nudity, conversations of a sexual nature are still had. But I digress.
Chapter 15 flashes back and forth between three distinct stories that are currently running. We begin with the Countess Robot X who is being interviewed about Alana. We learn a bit about Alana’s past and why she was a guard as a prison. Meanwhile, our heroes are trying to figure out what to do while running from the law. Most of this story centers around a game, “Nun Tuj Nun”, that they are all playing. The game forces direct confrontation in the form of arm wrestling and psychological warfare, so to speak. Meanwhile, the third story arc follows The Will who is currently stuck on a planet with Marko’s ex-fiance and a little girl The Will rescued from a sex slave operation. The Will’s story centers around his dilemma of continuing to hunt down Marko and Alana now that the love of his life is dead. She continues to come to him in his mind, directing his thoughts but the future is unclear to him.
The story continues to be interesting even though not a lot is accomplished in this particular issue. Marko and Alana don’t get very far and The Will is running into his own problems that derail his ability to continue his hunt of the fugitives. I think that’s something that impresses me quite a bit, an issue that doesn’t have a lot of meat but is still very entertaining and enjoyable to read. The characters continue to gain depth and complexity that keeps me wanting to know more about them. At this stage, 15 issues in, I truly care about Alana and Hazel. But that could just be because Alana is freaking awesome. She is tough, dangerous, passionate and courageous to her core. As an adult myself, I enjoy all of the content. It’s not every day you have a running comic book series that hits on the more adult, sexual relationships. Saga is certainly a break from your basic super hero series.
The illustrations are impressive as usual. It’s mind-boggling how creative Fiona Staples is. Her ability to create new creatures, vehicles and terrains is just fantastic. It makes the Saga universe feel deep and very real outside of the main characters. It helps create a sense that while our heroes are the focus, the universe is still chugging along, politics, war, economics, sex and all. Additionally, I think the primary characters have become more visually consistent with each passing issue, which just shows the dedication Fiona Staples has to this series.
The combination of a unique, edgy story, complex and very real character personalities, plus the incredibly original illustrations make for a fascinating read that only makes me wanting the next issue to come out that much sooner. I don’t think I have enough good things to say about the series but this particular issue is another good one. The only negative I have is that it’s a bit short without much meat but not every issue can be plot changing.