Saga marks the much anticipated return of Brain K. Vaughn, the celebrated creator of Y: the Last Man, Ex Machina, and Runaways. BKV has always delighted fans with his unique ability to imbue his characters with humanity and empathy, and that has never been more evident and important than it is with his latest ongoing offering.
This is Science Fiction and Fantasy at its absolute finest. The subtle social commentary of the world of BKV’s creation eerily echoes reality while reflecting and refracting the world we live in today. Subtextually, this book is a tour-de-force.
Fiona Staples (North 40, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents) is the perfect collaborator for BKV. Her art is the pulse of this series. She brings it to life like only she can. Through a style that can be characterized as humanistic, Staples’ rendering of emotions runs the gamut of possibility.
Using BKV’s script, Staples shows exactly why comics is a medium like no other. Her ability to not only intermingle worlds and visuals, but unify them, makes for a lush experience.
This quite simply may be the most exciting and profound work of BKV’s career. He has elevated his storytelling. This is an evolution of a top-tier creator.
It is not enough to say that BKV’s voice has matured. That would be a disservice. BKV has found his voice, and it is unwavering and confident. IMAGE COMICS’ output of quality and clout is at an all-time high and deservedly so.