Saga #17 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki


    Laser switchblades, demon dogs, drunken writers, severed teenage ghosts, television faced aliens, lying cats, cosmic hitmen, intergalactic war, hookshot spears, war and its orgiastic opposite. Saga has a myriad of reasons why it is consistently a perfect comic book and one of the best reasons to read (in general, not just comics) in years. Accruing a mountain of well deserved accolades and an army of fans that rivals many of the mainstream titles on the shelves, (in the top 3 pull-list subscriptions here at Alpha alongside Superior Spider-Man and Batman) It has become one of those comic series that is so excellent each month that there really isn’t much left to say about it aside from “…It’s Saga”. Saga is always the most frequently recommended series when anyone has asked “what should I be reading?” and is my go to gift item accompanied with “yeah, of course you’ll love it… Everyone loves it”. Saga month by month is an exemplary adventure story, character drama, action comic and earns every bit of praise it always gets.

    Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples are amongst the best creative teams in comics today and have a chemistry that is so honest and organic it never ceases to deliver the absolute best in the medium. Vaughan is a master of the last page in comics and one of the few writers who scripts his books in a way that perfectly compliments the monthly format with solid serialization that then feeds cohesively into a trade package of an arc or season. Fiona Staples has one of the brightest imaginations and unique drawing styles around and her work in Saga only gets better, bigger and bolder. I have fallen in love with every character introduced in the series so immediately as a result of the collaboration between the two creators that when inevitable deaths and maimings happen I react viscerally and sincerely. Not many creators are capable of such masterful storytelling as those responsible for Saga and I can only hope that their work together continues throughout the years.


    This particular issue is filled with all the standard heartache, violence, sex and drama that you have come to expect from Saga and much like every issue before it, has significant changes, upsets and surprises that I wouldn’t want to delve into for fear of spoiling it for you. Again, there isn’t much left to say other than “yeah, of course you’ll love it… It’s Saga”

Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician, podcaster and Wednesday Warrior

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