Much like Seinfeld, we are occasionally going to have issues like Saga #6. These are the issues where not much happens, but it’s filled with the character moments readers love so much, so everything is even.
#6 feels like a cap on the first arc of this series. A few of the threads end, but the same amount of threads start-up. Not much happens in the way of plot, which is a let down. Trade readers won’t notice this, but us single issue readers feel a little sad. But my $2.99 was well spent, as it is each month with this series. The three threads are perfectly juggled, with two somewhat becoming one. It’s nice to see Marco and Alana take the reigns of the series again, after being in the background the past couple of issues. It’s fine to see the other threads take over the series for a few months, but not for long. It’s the problem that Invincible is having right now. Comics in general have a hard time doing the filler/transition issue, as it breaks a lot of the momentum and goes against the expectations of readers. It’s more of a market problem then a problem with the book itself. One of Saga‘s biggest strengths is the small hints about the universe. This issue has more of them than usual, making up for the lack of plot. These small hints suck the reader in more, and let them feel more “safe” in the universe they are reading. Like the reader knows the universe personally.
One thing that excites me is the potential the ending brings. Having Marco’s parents join on will no doubt bring about some old sitcom situations into the series. Brian K. Vaughn is a master writer, so seeing him tackle these situations excites my funny bone. One thing that might benefit a series like this is the standalone issue. The Will and Prince Robot IV could stay on the back burner for some time, and then they get a stand alone issue, bringing them up to speed. Y: the Last Man had a few issues like this through its sixty issue run, and they benefited the series immensely. Vaughn is not hurting the series by juggling these threads, but it’s a direction that should be considered. Saga is still one of the best series put out by any of the big publishers.
Fiona Staples artwork is still as beautiful as ever. Much like Vaughn’s script, the art is full of personality and life. It’s weird to say that readers can start to notice small ticks in each character. That just doesn’t happen in comics. It might be the first time I have seen that since I got into the medium. The idea of a wooden spaceship is great on paper, but it needed to be executed well. She incorporates woodsy parts into the ship well, making it feel vastly different the plethora of ships we have seen thus far.
Series like Saga are the bane of a comic reviewer’s existence. It’s hard to find new ways to say “this book is great” each and every month. Saga is a great book that should be read by each and every comic reader. Much like Y: the Last Man, this book has the makings of greatness. It might not live up to Y, but it’s going to try it’s hardest.
Saga #6 gets 4/5.