Saga continues to build an epic world. (Includes Spoilers) - colten97
For the sixth issue of Saga – and the last for two months, sadly – Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples manage to lead our main characters forth to a new status quo that wraps up the introductory phase of the series and moves, presumably, into the thick of things.
I was glad to see this issue return to Hazel’s narration, as it not only adds some really impressive weight to the family’s arrival at the Rocketship Forest, but this issue’s fantastic cliffhanger hinges entirely on Hazel’s words. The plot point could still feasibly be conveyed in another matter, but using Hazel’s future-words to tell the story in retrospect is far more impactful and dramatic. In addition to Marko and Alana’s story heading in exciting new directions, BKV continues to mold The Will into a sympathetic character after the tragic events of last issue. He’s still in antihero territory, but Vaughan is carefully aligning the character’s agenda with that of Marko and Alana, amping up the excitement for their paths to cross in the coming issues.
Beyond the character work, BKV and Staples manage to flesh out the Saga universe even further in the form of the rocketships. The transports are imagined as living entities that have to be coerced into travel, oftentimes with their destinations decided of their own volition rather than that of its passengers. It’s another opportunity for Vaughan to explore character dynamics where we might not expect, in this case the family’s potential relationship to this ship they’ve commandeered. One dislike I have about this issue is the apparent dispatching of a character that could’ve offered much more to the story, though as we’ve seen previously in this series, characters aren’t offed as easily as they seem. My other concern six issues in is that Prince Robot IV is still relatively two-dimensional; we don’t know all that much about him. At this point, he’s interesting only because he wants to do harm to our protagonists. Hopefully he can be fleshed out a bit in the future to give him some more motivation and sympathy.
Staples delivers the goods once again, as expected. Her rendering of the destroyed Rocketship Forest is fantastic, evoking imagery of the Galactica crew’s fateful arrival on a scorched Earth in Season 4 of Battlestar Galactica. Though not quite as impactful, the characters’ utter disappointment after arriving to this destination they’ve fought so hard to get to bleeds from the page thanks to Staples’ fantastic environments and even better character work. Another suitably melancholy moment comes during the aftermath of the previously mentioned scene with The Will, where he’s left alone in his thoughts after learning of The Stalk’s untimely demise. It’s a heartbreaking moment that’s given more impact through the omission of dialogue with Staples using a silent page to sell it.
It’s going to be a long wait until issue #7, but it’s become entirely clear that it will be worth it.