Ryan Thomason

Saga #19 Turns this epic story in a new direction

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It has been a little while since we’ve been waiting for Saga #19 to release. Which was great for me. I needed to read the first Three Volumes to get caught up from the last issue at the end of January. Reading all those comics sucked me into the world. With everything still fresh for me from just getting caught up. I wasn’t prepared for what happened in Saga #19.


Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Get Caught up!: Saga TPB Vol. 01, Saga TPB Vol. 02, Saga TPB Vol. 03

Now buy Saga #19 to be delivered right to you. There, I have given you every means possible for you to join me on this fantastic ride of a story. Now, I will dive into the essence that is Saga #19.

I’m not going to give anything away, if that is what you’re worried about.

This is basically the setup for a whole new turn of events being leveled at us from Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. The crew is on Gardenia, a planet known for it’s neutrality and largely known little underground dramatic soap opera troupe called Open Circuit. Marko, the stay at home dad. Alana trying to hone her talent and abilities in the Open Circuit to bring in some income and stability. Adorable (though through the narration she says she doesn’t always stay that way) Hazel being a wide eyed child of wonder and daredevilery. Much to the exhaustion that any of us as parents can completely understand. Reading the story when it’s on the family element always hits me in the heart strings. So much of it a glimpse into what I’ve gone through as a father, and being in total understanding with the characters. From the spousal arguments to your child unknowing diffusing all tensions with a tender group hug. Looking your spouse in the eye and professing love, saying everything is going to be ok, and just like that. The argument dissolves. For the time being.

I knew Brian Vaughan had mentioned that this story takes come cues from his experiences as a father, and I think that is why I feel such a connection to Saga #19. It’s such a line of realism and sci-fi fantasy that I can’t help but keep wanting to read more Saga. Fiona’s artwork keeps astounding me, I’m finding myself re-reading the comic and the second run through taking in more of the artwork and backgrounds. From the birth of a new line of Royal Robots to Hazel bouncing through the air on bouncy castles to the insides of their wholly organic tree spaceship that requires wooden repair parts. (Seriously, they make those?) There isn’t anything that I can say that makes any marks against this comic.

It’s simply what I need at this point in my life as a husband, as a father and as a geek. My connections to Saga are wholly secured.

You bastards.

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