By Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Picking up an issue of Saga is like seeing an old friend for the first time in long while. You don’t always see them, but when you do it things click instantly. This comic is loaded with great characters and ones that we genuinely care about. Like every great story, and life itself, there are unexpected tragedies. This month we say goodbye to someone, and it may not be who you think.
Saga has gotten to the point where Brian K. Vaughan has pretty much passed the point of being unable to turn in a bad issue. Some months are better than others, but at the very least you are in for a solid book month in and month out. In issue #28 Vaughan shines some much-needed light on the Brand, who really hasn’t gotten much of a back story thus far. One of the things that make this a great book is that Vaughan is able to take somewhat jokey characters like Ghus, and make them serve a purpose in the story. One of the more interesting characters to surface recently is Dengo. Vaughan continues to show him walk the line of right and wrong to the point that we are still uncertain of where his loyalties lie. These are the things that Vaughan does so well that continue to make Saga one of the best books on the shelves.
There really isn’t too much to complain about with Fiona Staples artwork. Her relationship with Brian K. Vaughan is so good that you can tell they are just on the same page in almost every way. While there wasn’t too much action in this issue, a quick fight between Alanna and Julep is a highlight of Staples work this month. The only off panel in this book is the last one. It’s not particularly how it’s drawn, but the lettering on the final page is a bit odd. Other than that, the art is up to par with the writing and we get another excellent issue from Staples.
This was a slower issue with hardly any fight scenes, but it was still entertaining. That is absolutely a testament to how good the creative team is on this book. Staples and Vaughan continue to weave their intergalactic story at a high level.