Sunday, August 19, 2012

Saga #6

This comic is seriously messed up.

But that's a good thing!

One of the things I love about Saga is that it's completely unpredictable. Just when you start to feel comfortable and think you know where the story is going, it suddenly moves in unexpected directions.

But it all follows an internal logic, so it never feels like writer Brian K. Vaughn is just throwing curves to shock you.

The story follows an unusual family. Two aliens whose races are at war have somehow fallen in love and produced a child - and the Saga in the title is apparently the life story of that little girl.

They're definitely an odd couple. Alana's race is science-based, while Marko's uses magic. They have a babysitter who's a ghost, and they hope to escape the planet-wide manhunt that's been dogging their trail by finding the Rocketship Forest.

And that doesn't include the focus on the bounty hunters who are in pursuit, or the strange and deadly royal investigator who's after them, and... well, let's just say a lot has happened in this opening story arc.

The art is also a real treat. Fiona Staples has crafted some amazing work here - sometimes panoramic, sometimes personal, but always fresh and exciting.

I can't advise picking up this issue cold - better to wait for the soon-to-be forthcoming collection - but this is an amazing, creative story that will mess with your mind in all the best ways. Profane, vulgar, creative and imaginative as can be, it's well worth tracking down.

Highly recommended!

Grade: A-


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