SagaThe popular comic book series by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, finally returning after a three-and-a-half year hiatus with issue 55, the story leaps forward after a lengthy hiatus.
It’s still the same: the story of Hazel, the child of parents from two warring worlds. Her mother, the winged humanoid Alana, hails from Landfall, the largest planet in the galaxy, a world that has built an empire based on supreme technological power. Her father, Marko, is a cuckold man from Wreath, Landfall’s moon, and a magical world. Each world sees the combination of Marko and Alana as a scapegoat, and Hazel – who has wings and horns – as an abomination. Saga is the story of how Hazel grew up in a family that the whole galaxy wanted to separate.
The Beginning Saga #55, Hazel is ten years old now, aged by the exact number of real-world years that have passed since then Saga started in 2012. We were re-introduced to her on social media, when she was chased by someone who accused her of theft. Hazel was an infant when we met her, and now she has been accused of being a thief. Again: Years go by.
Whether you’ve been following Saga Over the past decade or so, readers know that Hazel has been forced to mature faster than most. War and tragedy have followed her since day one, and SagaThe long hiatus begins with her heaviest loss: her father, Marko, is eventually killed by bounty hunter The Will after 54 issues worth pursuing. Thanks to the time jump, Saga #55 is not really about grieving that loss, but showing what Hazel and her family have become since then.
A lot of the fun is going back to all these characters and seeing what they’re like now – new readers shouldn’t start here – with only the slightest tease of what’s to come. . Fiona Staples’ art remains one of the weirdest styles in comics, with endlessly imaginative character designs (this issue features a flaming skeleton cop and a Koala man) expressed with painterly expression and ink-like precision. Saga always feels a bit like wandering in Staples’ dream world, a world whose aesthetic can portray tenderness and violence as well as explicit sexuality with equal human beings. From tragic love to unwavering love, Saga make room for all kinds of human experiences, as any family should do.
The latter limitations, stemming from the fact that, at 43 pages, Saga #55 doesn’t do much other than catch up work. Retelling the new status quo here would ruin the entire comic. This is not necessarily a problem – as its title suggests, Saga It’s a long story, and while it will occasionally settle down a bit to tell a semi-closed story about one of its many characters, it’s all ultimately in the service of moving forward. It was a story about a child, remember? And kids have so much to see. Either way, they’re seeing it for the first time – just like us.
Which says, Saga #55 doesn’t quite catch up with us on everything – questions naturally remain after a three-year gap, and getting answers will likely be at the heart of some of the follow-up issues. Reading it, the most overwhelming reaction was how easy it was to return to this world. Everything is different, and everything is the same. No matter what a family looks like, the members have to keep it together. All that lies outside of it is entropy.
For countless people, Saga is a comic introduction beyond the dense walled gardens of big-name superheroes. The kind of success that most monthly western comics can only dream of, Saga shows a craving for something more, something the audience doesn’t get and its popularity redefine Image Comics publisher output. In 2022, the world and comics have changed dramatically, and beyond a joke about “waking mothers” Saga #55 provides little indication of any real-world impact on its return. It’s, at least for now, the same manga as it left off.
It’s a good thing. Sagalike Hazel, is only 10 years old, and reading it still leaves you with the thrill of witnessing any act of creativity, be it a child or, as Vaughan often refers to in Hazel’s narration, a gist: Like it grew so fast, and still became what it was meant to be.
https://www.polygon.com/22903330/saga-55-review Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga hasn’t changed one bit, and that rule