January 2017 | New Comics Week 4 — Saga #42 (Image Comics)
I cannot honestly remember the last time a comic book made me tearful. The all-black back pages, easily six of them, really helped deliver the gut punch and the kick to the heart. I literally gasped “Really, Brian and Fiona!?!?” BKV may be the best in the biz with his issue-to-issue cliffhangers and even bigger story arc cliffhangers. But he also does not do cheap stunts/deaths/fakeouts. He always delivers on your emotional investment. Knowing that makes this issue burn intensely.
NEW STORY ARC! “THE WAR FOR PHANG,” PART ONE. SAGA is back with its most epic storyline yet, and to celebrate, FIONA STAPLES graces this issue with a gorgeous wraparound cover! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. This arc is a self-contained “event” we’ve been building to since our very first issue, so now is the perfect time for readers who love SAGA’s bestselling collections to join our monthly adventures!
Since I’m late doing my “best of list” from 2013, you all should know by now why the following names and titles show up here, so I won’t belabor with my own personal gushing this time. This is more “at-a-glance” and for comparison and archival purposes.
There are more cover artists than interior artists, so this is always a hard list to pull from, and there’s always someone you forget to mention. These top my list.
1. Adam Hughes – Fairest and various others
2. Dave Johnson – 100 Bullets: Brother Lono,
various B.P.R.D. series and various variants
3. Francesco Francavilla – Afterlife with Archie, Black Beetle, Dark Shadows, Doctor Who, numerous others
4. Marc Silvestri – Batman: Black and White, Cyber Force, Aphrodite IX,other variants
5. Fiona Staples – Saga
Honorable Mentions: David Aja, Jenny Frison, Jamie McKelvie, Jock, and Sean Phillips (seriously, this list could go on and on and on…)
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