Comic Book Review – Saga #15


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Saga #15
Story By: Brian K. Vaughan
Art By: Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: October 30, 2013
Published by: Image Comics

It’s no secret that I love this book. In issue 15 the action heats up and the story takes a large leap forward, it’s hard to anticipate where this space-opera is heading but I’m loving the ride. One things for sure if you’re looking for instant gratification you may want to pick this book up in trade paperback format. There is a lot of social commentary in this issue that may or may not serve the overall narrative but at the same time doesn’t take away from the story. While reading these last two issues, I can’t help but feel that the main story of Alana and Marko is just filler until I can get to the panels about The Will and his group

Fiona Staples’s art continues to be just as strong of a storyteller, if not more so, than the dialog itself. There is a well-paced feel to the art that gets stronger with each issue and the panel layout is easy to follow and understand. It is refreshing to see that even the non-humanoid characters are very expressive in a way that is easy to empathize with from a reader perspective. The color pallet is also dynamic from one setting to the next making sure the art never feels formulaic. This is one of the few books that I pick up for the art and that’s a good thing.

The dialogue in this issue is still some of the best in comics today with natural dialogue that you can read without stopping and wondering if a real person would say that. I especially love the tonal shifts between the The Will and Gwen and Marko and Alana. The parallels shown between the two groups of individuals thrown together by fate makes for an interesting dichotomy, although I find myself drawn to the former group’s adventure rather than the latter’s discussions about modern parenting and gender roles. All in all this book has a little something for everyone.

Saga is one of the most popular books at the moment for a reason, and that reason is because it is a damn good read. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good story. If you’re interested, pick up the trades. You will not be disappointed.

I am giving this issue a 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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