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Saga #25

by F.D. White on February 05, 2015

Writer: Brian K. Vaughn
Artist: Fiona Staples

Losing a child is possibly one of the hardest things a parent can have happen to them. Despite whatever way the child is lost, the impact on the parent isn't lessened. Now that Marko and Prince Robot have both lost their children, they're on a desperate mission to get them back and are handling their grief in completely different ways. Staples' art here reflects the intensity and intimate qualities of the story. Marko sobbing into Hazel's doll is a scene that once again proves she is a master of displaying emotion on the page. It's genuinely heartbreaking.

Amongst an ocean of dead stars, Dengo has kidnapped the rest of Saga's beloved team. On a mission to stop the war between Wreath and Landfall once and for all, Dengo seems to be leading them on to the most incendiary and plot based storyline. Balancing both the personal and the epic, this story has barely even gone anywhere yet. Instead it chooses to focus on the immediate emotional needs of the characters before jettisoning then off into the revolution.

The last integral plot thread is my personal favorite, but only because it's the most fun (and could potentially bring back The Will!). However, this plot line, while featuring intensely drawn Dragons (that look like salamanders), definitely feels like a fetch quest from a video game. It leads some fan-favorite characters on a ridiculous quest that I hope actually services the story instead of a bust; leaving them empty handed.

The reason I hope for this is because now that Saga is being split into three distinct plot lines the issues will feel shorter than ever before. Balancing pages between plots that seem equal in weight is tough especially considering the epic and intimiate nature of the story.

However, I trust in Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn, though this issue moved at an incredibly fast clip it's still great. It just left me wanting a little bit more.

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