I’m back from the comic shop this week and I got six new comics:

  • Dark Horse Presents – 15
  • Rachel Rising – 10
  • Planetoid – 3
  • MIND MGMT – 4
  • Creator-Owned Heroes – 3
  • Glamourpuss – 26
  • And now for a review of something I’ve read recently.

    ”Saga” Issues 1-5 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiono Staples

    Here is another comic that I’ve been reading the monthly issues of since I’m tired of waiting for collections even though getting the collected editions is cheaper. Sometimes I wonder if comic book publishers are trying to get me to stop buying comics altogether. But that’s a critique of comics in general and not this particular comic.

    This series has been a little odd for me because though I like it and will continue buying it it’s not really a favorite. I don’t find the basic plot very interesting. It’s a space opera about a husband and wife who are two different species and those species are at war. They’ve run away together after just having had a baby. There are bounty hunters of some sort after them too.

    I’m not overly fond of the two main characters and I’m not even sure why they exist, what they want out of life, or where they are going. They seem to exist only to provide someone to be chased. The odd thing is that despite not having much interest in the fate of the main characters I do like the rambling pace of the plot. This isn’t a tightly plotted book where things happen on the common beats of a story. The story seems to go off on tangents whenever it wants. At any give time we can get a glimpse into what the bounty hunters are doing besides chasing the couple. It’s an unusual structure but I like it.

    The art in this book by Fiona Staples is nice. She’s a good storyteller and also does a good job bringing a bunch of different alien types to life. There are some that look close to human and some that are quite bizarre. It’s a nice mix. The colors also do a good job helping the artwork out. The colors are bright, clear, and well chosen. It’s not over rendered like so many modern comics.

    I’m not fond of the title “Saga” because it’s a bit nondescript and bland but it does do a good job of describing the rambling plot so far. And that’s the part I like best about this comic. I’ll settle in and see where it goes.