Saga #3


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Saga #3


  • Words: Brian K. Vaughan
  • Art: Fiona Staples
  • Story Title: Chapter 3
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: May 16, 2012

"It doesn't take a village to raise children, it takes a whole galaxy..."

The circumstances of Marko and his family’s exodus from enemy hands have never been preferable, but with his third issue of the outstanding Saga, writer Brian K. Vaughan continues to test the very core of Alana’s strength and resolve.  Through physical, mental, and most damning of all, an emotional challenge, Alana grows as a mother, but the stability of her family is all but called into question.

Vaughan’s greatest talent as a writer continues to be his ability to create and breathe life into such bizarre and unique characters.  Saga #3 continues the series’ focus on loveable characters, whether it is Marko and Alana’s family drama, or Prince Robot IV’s unrelenting hunt for our focal family.  Even small sequences that follow bounty hunters The Will and The Stalk offer some comedic breaks while also developing the personalities and history of the ruthless freelancers.  The Will’s pet talking cat, moreover, once again offers a laugh through his smug facial expressions.  The true heart of Saga’s development, however, continues to be dominated by the interactions, or in issue #3 perhaps lack thereof, between Marko and Alana.

Marko’s injuries from issue #2 continue to plague the new father, yet Alana’s dedication to her partner is quite empowering to watch.  Guided by the aloof “young” ghost Izabel, Alana tries her hardest to find one simple yet unattainable ingredient that she can use to spirit her husband back to health.  This quest that forces Alana to decisively act on her own reveals so much about her character and strength, making issue #3’s unexpected cliffhanger all the more gut-wrenching.

Like Vaughan’s story, artist Fiona Staples continues to turn in gorgeous page after page.  With so much of Saga’s narrative taking place between conversations and character exploration, instead of overtly “exciting” plot points, it is Staples’ ability to add so much tension and dynamism into Marko and Alana’s story that pushes the story forward.  The spotlight of issue #3, however, lies in the actions and expressions of Izabel, whose light-hearted (though fully dead) personality and behavior perfectly counterbalance Alana’s more direct and hot-headed mentality.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga continues to not only be the best book Image publishes, but possibly one of the best in the entire industry.  Saga is unlike anything else on the stands, where the strangest of characters and events are perfectly normal, even believable.  Vaughan cracked the solid family dynamic that has been the rock of Saga, however, making everything we have come to know about the book completely up in the air until next month’s offering.

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