This issue is definitely the most controversial comic of 2013 so far, and it’s just strange to actually read it, rather than just focus on two tiny images of gay sex. The thing I find weird about this is that the gay blowjobs seems to be there on Prince Robot IV’s face for no real reason. I guess it’s because he’s ‘on the fritz’, but contrary to BKV’s claims it doesn’t really advance the story, it’s just there. It’s odd. But other than that, this was another brilliant issue of Saga. Focusing on the aforementioned Prince Robot, the opening bukkake-fest is a flashback to him seeing the horrors of War, and that’s an ongoing theme of this issue. Robot is going to visit D. Oswald Heist, the writer of the book that Marko and Alana bonded over. The discussion between the two of them is very strong stuff, fraught with tension and interesting ideas about War and also being a writer. And when at the end you find out that our heroes are hiding upstairs, the whole thing turns into something like the opening scene of Inglourious Basterds, where Hans Landa is interrogating that farmer.
One thing that’s really great about this series that doesn’t get talked about enough for me is that BKV has done really well at making the ‘villains’ really interesting. You empathise with both Prince Robot IV and The Will, even if they are hunting down Marko, Alana and Hazel to kill them. This is just one of the best things going in all media these days, BKV and Staples are on top form (I love all the weird aliens Staples draws, that little Seal dude was awesome). Pick up the first 2 trades now during the brief hiatus and get on board people!