Readers’ Advisory 2: Saga Vol. 4. Brian K. Vaughn

Quick Facts

Author: Brian K. Vaughn

Artist: Fiona Staples

Published 2014 Image Comics. 9781632150776

$14.99US. 144pp

Science Fiction, Fantasy

Available in print

Why I Read It

I’ve been following Saga since a friend recommended it to me last year. I was excited when I discovered this newest volume in the library.

TLL’s Tag

The story of Hazel and her family takes a strange turn in this newest volume containing issues #19-24.

The Rundown

In these latest issues, things are heating up in the Robot Kingdom. Unrest in the general population has found it’s way into the palace by way of Dengo, a palace janitor. He kills the princess and kidnaps her newborn son, Prince Robot V, and begins a search for Alana, Marko, and Hazel that changes the direction of the comic. Prince Robot IV is off having months of debauchery followin the events of the Volume 3, in which his entire platoon was slaughtered. Alana is working in a virtual theatre, not doing so well, and begins to do drugs to mitigate her work existence. Marko is stay at home dad, but is feeling lonely. Hazel, are dear narrator, is growing steadily and generally a happy child. They are hiding out on the planet Gardenia, which looks a lot like Earth.

Here’s what I think

I’ve loved Saga for a while now. Even as the story gets ever more convoluted, Vaughn’s continuous weaving of the story threads keeps me coming back. Taken individually, it may seem disjointed, but keep reading. Staples’ artwork is bright and colorful, providing infomation not located anywhere in the Vaughn’s words. The sometimes unfinished look of the lines add to the art rather than taking away from it. I enjoy reading the series for the story and the art. The space opera feel is one that is carried through from words to art creating a cohesive whole.

Final decision

It can be hard to follow the story at times, but all the threads tie together.

4Q–Better than most, marred by occasional lapses.

5P–Every reader of this genre/author wanted it yesterday.

Readalikes, courtesy of NoveList Plus

Authors

Joss Whedon

Harlan Ellison

Pat Mills

Titles

Aama, Frederik Peeters

Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis

Last Days of an Immortal, Fabian Vehlmann

Appeal Factors

fast-paced, dramatic, witty, colorful, detailed

Book talk ideas

The Will’s coma dreams

The Will’s sister

Dengo’s madness

King Robot

Book discussion questions

1) The artwork is fantastic. Comment on the how the chapter photos enhance the story.

2) Alana uses drugs to cope with her life. Is this an appropriate choice given her circumstances?

3) What do you think finally made Dengo snap and kidnap the newborn robot baby?

4) Describe the relationship between Marko and Ginny.

Clues to the Future

Saga, Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples, Robot wars, Prince IV, mercencaries, virtual reality, space opera, graphic novel, Alana, Marko, Hazel, tree rocketship

Awards and Lists

In 2013, the series won six Harvey Awards: Best Writer, Best Artist, Best Color, Best New Series, Best Continuing or Limited Series, and Best Single Issue or Story

In 2013 and 2014, the series won six total Eisner Awards: Best New Series (2013), Best Writer (2013, 2014), Best Continuing Series (2013, 2014), and Best Painter/Multimedia Artisit (2014).

Links to the Author, Interviews, and Reviews

Author Goodreads Profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/24514.Brian_K_Vaughan

Comic Book Resources interview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=57233

Shor Boxed interview: http://shortboxed.com/2015/01/14/our-interview-w-brian-k-vaughan/

Under the Radar Review: http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/saga_volume_4/

Boing Boing Review: http://boingboing.net/2014/12/09/saga-volume-4.html

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