Writer: Brian K Vaughan / Artist: Fiona Staples / Image Comics
Saga has been back for a couple of issues since the last hiatus now, and spoiler, it’s still one of the best comic books out. The world that Staples and Vaughan have built seems infinite, where creatures, races and locations can be inserted without ever disrupting the narrative and rhythm that has already been established. Now that the crew is on Phang, they have new friends and new challenges. What works best, what always works best with Saga, is the conversation between characters that not only reveal motivations but give more background to the world that exists. Petrichor was a funny and unexpected addition to the crew, but she has proven more vital and essential in analyzing what’s of import to the crew and their ambition.
Of course, if you’re reading this well after release day, then you know the fate that befalls our beloved Izabel, who has literally been here since the first issue. Her loyalty was her most enduring trait and ultimately it led to her sacrifice. It was a nice send off having her on the cover as well. Speaking of which, Fiona is wonderful as usual. Her mastery over new characters and old, while making them fit in this world cannot be understated.
The story jumps forward a bit and we say farewell to a beloved character, but Saga is as it’s always been: great. There is some crucial character development and a good setup moving forward.