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Saga #27

by F.D. White on April 09, 2015

Written by: Brian K. Vaughn
Art by: Fiona Staples
Lettering by: Fonografiks

It's good to take a break.

After a busy day out, doesn't it feel good to just sit down for a few minutes and unwind? To reflect on what you've just done, or haven't done? This, in a nutshell, is what Saga #27 is all about. There is almost no forward motion in this issue, and that's a good thing. After all of the craziness that has been happening this last arc and past few issues, it's great to see an issue devoted almost entirely to Marko's introspective journey of what it means to be a husband, a father, and himself. We're able to get all of this thanks to a downward spiral brought on by some bad, bad Fadeaway.

Despite the issue have very little action, that doesn't mean there isn't any conflict. Whether it's in Marko's head, or between Prince Robot and Ghüs, this an issue that is jampacked with conflict. It's great to see just how incorrigible Prince Robot can be without some kind of moral compass to guide him. It's also great to see Ghüs stand up for himself and his friends. He's a tiny creature, but packs an incredibly punch emotionally.

Artist Fiona Staples gets to have a field day with all of the crazy dream sequences she gets to draw. Seeing scenes start with a familiar tone slowly shift into some thing horrifying and surreal is just as unsettling for the reader as it would be for Marko. The big, crazy moments aren't the best, however. That comes towards the end as Marko's trip culminates into a climactic resurgence of the many events who make Marko who is culminate in an epic two-page moment. Honestly, it's visceral and tender at the same time. It's why people read comics. The crazy worlds and characters that Vaughn and Staples create aren't the only reason Saga would be hard to adapt to Film/TV. It's also because of moments like these.

Newcomers beware, this would be a terrible issue to hop on, For the faithful who have been reading since the beginning, this is a fantastic issue that peers deeply into one of Saga's two lead characters.

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