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SAGA is back, and it’s time for another epic season of emotional adventures and shocking surprises for Hazel and her star-crossed family!
About the SAGA series:
SAGA has sold seven million copies to date across single issue, trade paperback, compendium, hardcover, and digital editions and has been translated into 20 languages. The series also boasts multiple Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, a Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award, Goodreads Choice Award, Shuster Award, Inkwell Award, Ringo Award, and more. It has been featured in such mainstream media outlets as TIME, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, NPR, and more. The series has become a pop culture phenomenon and has been immortalized with references and easter eggs appearing in such popular TV shows as Supernatural, The Big Bang Theory, The Simpsons, and even a recent Taco Bell commercial featuring the characters dressed in cosplay.
Graphic PolicyVaughan and Staples have definitely set him as a common thread in Saga #61 while also focusing on the still-raging and pointless war between Wreath and Landfall. There is true horror in the scenes of carnage on the planet like when a regular grocery store parking lot becomes a sniper’s den. Saga continues to be compelling and feature creative character designs from Fiona Staples and heart-rending narration from Brian K. Vaughan, and issue 61 in particular takes a big swing that we’ll see if it works or not in subsequent comics.
Sequential PlanetSaga returns from its now regular six-month hiatus with #61. As was the case with the book’s multi-year break, the creators have afforded their characters the same time off, catching up with Alana, Hazel, and Squire half a year after the house fire. The new arc opens with a reunion between Sophie and The Will before focusing on Alana’s current situation as a single mother (and wanted terrorist) existing on the fringes of the galaxy. Every installment of Saga should be cherished, but the second arc since the big break already evokes the same lack of momentum that pervaded the one prior. And while it made sense that starting the next 54 issue odyssey would involve a bit of catch-up work and reassembly, it now feels like every arc begins with a slow, deep breath: bit by bit readers fill in what happened to characters over the preceding months, meet new members of the crew, and acclimate to the status quo. Then the sharp exhale: in the last two issues, everything falls apart, and the family runs away.
Henchman-4-HireSaga is back and it’s the same as ever. The overall story seems to still be spinning its wheels with day-to-day stuff, while the character writing remains top notch.
AIPTSaga #61 returns after a six-month hiatus, which might be the best issue since the three-year hiatus ended with issue #55. The characters feel aged and hyper-real, the approach of the series continues to interconnect multiple characters, and the plot appears to be heading down a road of huge impact. Saga is exhilarating thanks to a rich cast of characters and the incidents so varied.
First Comics News
You Don't Read ComicsSaga #61 is more Saga fun. And by “more Saga fun,” potentially heartbreaking is the name of the game. There are some heavy plots popping off, but the characterization is what makes it all sing. Add to that the beautiful art from Staples, and Saga continues to impress like no other book on the market.