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SAGA #51: Middle-Aged, Poised and Graceful

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Written by Brian K Vaughan | Illustrated & Colored by Fiona Staples

At just past the would-be half-way mark of what’s speculated to likely be a 100-issue epic creator-owned series, SAGA is that comfortable, reliable favorite series that you come to simply expect to deliver exactly what you need from a series — not unlike a favorite TV showing deliver the goods each and every week of the season. That’s exactly what I experienced reading Chapter Fifty One. Saga’s vast cast of characters never fail to be compelling from scene to scene, issue to issue. The plots never meander and rarely fail to surprise and thrill.

A relatively “quiet” issue, this one opens with Squire and his father Prince Robot discussing the suspiciously missing Princess Robot. Longtime readers know the truth behind that story. Next we find young Hazel in the ocean, not-quite being babysat by Ghüs, Friendo and Doff. A “mustached kingfish” leads photojournalist Doff off to this chapter’s climax at the end, but not before we discover Hazel’s dad Marko writing a novella that gets lovingly criticized (not too harshly) by his wife and Hazel’s mother, Alana. Oh, and there’s the matter of Petrichor’s (along with Prince Robot and Squire’s) new identity plan that starts heading toward a resolution (well, maybe — you never know in this universe).

That aforementioned adventure to photograph the usually elusive mustached kingfish? Well, that adventure ends tragically, unfortunately. However, that death is an honorable one thanks in no small part to loyalty. Of course, SAGA remains an epic story that is no stranger to purposeful deaths.

All in all, a rather fulfilling chapter, especially if you consider how the plot continues to serve a variety of characters in its twenty-two pages. After six years and fifty-one issues in, SAGA enters its middle-age poised and graceful while its co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continue to show the comics industry how it’s done!

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Comic Book Fetish Fave of the Week #4

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.

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Story: Brian K. Vaughan
Art / Cover: Fiona Staples
Published: January 25, 2017
Diamond ID: NOV160640

END OF STORY ARC

“THE WAR FOR PHANG,” The Epic Conclusion! Hell is war, as Hazel and her family learn the hardest way.

– See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/saga-42#sthash.ftWPxjeU.dpuf

 

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Comic Book Fetish Fave of the Week #1

January 2017 | New Comics Week 1  — Saga #41 (Image Comics)

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Now Reading: Saga – Chapter Thirty Seven

#NowReading #Saga #ImageComics #BrianKVaughan #FionaStaples

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!

Story By: Brian K. Vaughan
Art By: Fiona Staples
Cover By: Fiona Staples
Published: August 31, 2016

See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/saga-37#sthash.5J48flkb.dpuf

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ComicsBox 1 | Saga: Chapter Thirty Seven

#NowReading #Saga #ImageComics

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!

Story By: Brian K. Vaughan
Art By: Fiona Staples
Cover By: Fiona Staples
Published: August 31, 2016

See more at: https://imagecomics.com/comics/releases/saga-37#sthash.5J48flkb.dpuf

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COVER: Saga #37 – In Stores August 31st

Art and colors by Fiona Staples.

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The Comic Book Fetish Reading List – May 2016

~ As of May 2016 ~

IMAGE COMICS
– Birthright
– Bitch Planet (Vol. 1)
– Black Magic
– Criminal
– Deadly Class (Vol. 1)
– The Discipline
– Faster Than Light
– The Fix
– Lazarus
– Paper Girls
– Plutona
– Saga
– Savage Dragon
– Sex Criminals
– Southern Bastards
– They’re Not Like Us (Vol. 1)
– Velvet
– The Violent
– A Voice In the Dark (Vol. 1)

AFTERSHOCK COMICS
– American Monster
– B.E.K. (Black-Eyed Kids)
– Jackpot!

BENITEZ PRODUCTIONS
– Lady Mechanika: The Lost Boys of West Abbey

BLACK MASK PUBLISHING
– 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank
– We Can Never Go Home (TPB)

BOOM! STUDIOS
– Welcome Back

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
– Shaft: Imitation of Life

VERTIGO COMICS
– The Dark and Bloody