Saga #6 makes you want to see where things will wind up, even though it’s in the middle of a much larger narrative. I can say this because I’d never read this series until this very issue, and I’m eager to know what happens next month without having laid eyes on what came before.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan keeps the story moving briskly, gaining audience trust even though he has less time for character work than he’d have if this were a slower-moving tale. Alana and Marko are on the run with their baby girl Hazel while two different assassin factions are hot on their trail. So far, this issue is straight-up cat-and-mouse, and we get brief insights into our main characters’ personalities while they’re on the move.
The stylistic sci-fi flavoring also intrigues. The opening scene is a rocket ship forest, one of the assassins is a man with a TV screen for a head, and space-traveling vehicles communicate via reverse-photosynthesis (whatever that means). Creativity abounds in full force.
Fiona Staples’ pencils are brisk and economical. She uses just enough lines to flesh out her characters without doing anything more, and her images are a mix between gritty and whimsical, a fitting combination for a comic that’s a planet-jumping space adventure without the light-hearted schmaltz.
Saga #6 hits comic shops on Wednesday, August 15th from Image.