Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 2/4/2015
It seems like just yesterday Saga #24 came out. Lying.
This book has everything you could possibly want. It’s no wonder Saga has topped the graphic novel charts (New York Times Bestseller) and won some of comic’s highest honors (Eisner, Hugo, Harvey awards) in the past years. Do you like any of the following? Star Wars, Romeo & Juliet, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, LOST (Brian K. Vaughn worked on LOST), If so, read this book. If you’re a fan of any of Brian K. Vaughn’s other works (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) read this book. If you’re a fan of fun, read this book.
All caught up now? Good. Saga is back from its three-month hiatus (or vacationanza, as Brain K. Vaughn puts it in the letters column)! And we start this issue with a flashback on Landfall when an army draft gave way to an all-volunteer winged force of soldiers for the galactic war against the horned Moonies of Wreath. Back in the present, three-months have passed since Dengo, a revolutionary from the Robot Kingdom, kidnapped the Princeling, Hazel, Alana, Klara, Izabel and Friendo and separated them from Marko. Gwendolyn, The Brand, Sophie, Lying Cat and Sweet Boy have landed on the aptly-named Demimonde in search of an ingredient (dragon semen) to make a cure for The Will, unfortunately (or fortunately) for them; they’re doused with some other kind of dragon liquid. Elsewhere in space, Prince Robot IV and Marko have temporarily aligned themselves with one another to find their son and daughter, along with Ghüs the shepherd and Yuma. Dengo reveals his “Plan B” as the issue ends while you almost certainly hear BKV’s “cryptkeeper-style cackling” in the distance.
Feel like a whirlwind? Good, it’s supposed to. Saga reads like nothing else right now, all credit due to BKV and Staples for telling three parallel stories in twenty-two pages and have it not feel claustrophobic somehow. The roller coaster-like pacing of this series is exactly what it needs to be. Fiona Staples lovely wrap-around cover for this issue shows almost the entire (still living) main cast of the series, and with Vaughn somehow continues to give us a world full of royalty with television heads, horned and winged humanoids, outstanding monsters, unreal worlds and vegetative space transports, but yet makes it so relatable with details like a lottery ball draft, drive-in movie theaters, detoxing from drugs and a parent sobbing into a missing child’s stuffed animal.