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Review Group #588 - Saga #43

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GLX

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Postby GLX » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:24 pm

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Saga #43

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NEW STORY ARC BEGINS FOR JUST 25 CENTS!!!
SAGA returns monthly with a brave new direction, and to celebrate Image’s 25th Anniversary, this full-sized issue costs just 25 cents! In a perfect jumping-on point for first-time readers, Hazel and her star-crossed parents embark on a thrilling new adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.


Digital copy can be found here.

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Postby GLX » Sat Jun 03, 2017 7:25 pm

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Postby GLX » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:14 pm

Next week's pick is....?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... asp?pl=534
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Stephen Day

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Postby Stephen Day » Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:57 pm



I'll stick with the suggestion of Divided States of Hysteria #1
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Postby Stephen Day » Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:22 pm

I've never read Saga before this. I had heard good things about this series and so I was curious about what I'd think. My first impression is that it's quite a weird mix of genres. That's not a bad thing though as I like stories that are weird mixes of genres.

The story this issue finds the main characters in a bind. The main female lead, who is pregnant, has lost her baby; the fetus is dead inside her womb. In her species apparently this is a life threatening situation that has to be dealt with. The problem is that in the limbo situation she and the male lead find themselves in, the abortion she needs in order to survive is going to be hard to get. The main thrust of the plot revolves around the characters trying to solve this problem.

It's a well written issue with some good scenes. There's a fun fight with things the characters call Dung People that had me thinking, "I can't believe I'm reading this." That reaction being a good version of that and not something along the lines of, "What kind of crap am I reading."

Despite all of this, I didn't find myself caring about the characters the way I could tell I should. The solicitations say that it's a perfect jumping on point and i could tell that Brian K. Vaughn was trying for that to be the case. However, I got the sense that the story, being as serious as it was in a lot of ways, would have had a lot more impact and had me having a bigger emotional investment if I'd been reading this series for awhile. I don't think it's quite the strong jumping on point that Mr. Vaughn thought it would be.

I'm pretty sure that if I was a long time reader, and had the emotional investment in the characters that would come with that, that I'd probably be giving this issue an eight or a nine. Without that though, I think i can only give it a six.

6 out of 10
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Postby SimonJoshep » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:15 am

Stephen Day wrote:I've never read Saga before this. I had heard good things about this series and so I was curious about what I'd think. My first impression is that it's quite a weird mix of genres. That's not a bad thing though as I like stories that are weird mixes of genres.

The story this issue finds the main characters in a bind. The main female lead, who is pregnant, has lost her baby; the fetus is dead inside her womb. In her species apparently this is a life threatening situation that has to be dealt with. The problem is that in the limbo situation she and the male lead find themselves in, the abortion she needs in order to survive is going to be hard to get. The main thrust of the plot revolves around the characters trying to solve this problem.

It's a well written issue with some good scenes. There's a fun fight with things the characters call Dung People that had me thinking, "I can't believe I'm reading this." That reaction being a good version of that and not something along the lines of, "What kind of crap am I reading."

Despite all of this, I didn't find myself caring about the characters the way I could tell I should. The solicitations say that it's a perfect jumping on point and i could tell that Brian K. Vaughn was trying for that to be the case. However, I got the sense that the story, being as serious as it was in a lot of ways, would have had a lot more impact and had me having a bigger emotional investment if I'd been reading this series for awhile. I don't think it's quite the strong jumping on point that Mr. Vaughn thought it would be.

I'm pretty sure that if I was a long time reader, and had the emotional investment in the characters that would come with that, that I'd probably be giving this issue an eight or a nine. Without that though, I think i can only give it a six.

6 out of 10


Agreed with him and thanks for sharing a nice and detailed review. :) :)
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Postby Stephen Day » Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:13 pm

SimonJoshep wrote:
Agreed with him and thanks for sharing a nice and detailed review. :) :)


You're welcome.

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