By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
Let's all just take a moment to applaud Brain K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples for their wonderful abilities to start so many issues of Saga off with a scene that makes your eyes pop out of your head. His expressive words with her inventive designs continue to wow me.
[*Spoilers for Saga #19 and mild spoilers for #20 below!]
Now that issue #20 of Saga is out, I'd say it's safe to mention what happened at the end of issue #19. Hazel's narration, always providing us with that extra twist, reveals that her parents, Marko and Alana, are going to split up. This was very upsetting and shocking to me. I even mentioned in my review of issue #19 that I hoped it was some kind of sick joke. The reason I bring this up now, is because it becomes very clear in the current issue that their relationship might actually be headed in that direction. After reading #20 I'm getting the feeling that the plot and characters are headed toward new territory.
In some aspects this is a good thing, because the story is constantly keeping us on our toes. Vaughn has a way of building up a suspenseful plot and adding a twist more shocking than anything we could have expected. We find out what Prince IV has been up to, and what's going on with his Princess and new baby as well. On the other hand, some new territory worries me. Characters that we thought we knew are beginning to demonstrate behavior that will most likely be problem causing in the future. Alana and Marko both dabble in some questionable behavior in this issue. It's as if there's a giant dark cloud looming over their relationship and it's only a matter of time before it starts to downpour.
If Vaughn's intention was to give Saga readers a breath of fresh anticipation, he did an excellent job. The ending of this issue left me very curious for what's to come in the fantastic world of Saga. Needless to say, the cliffhanger is epic.
Saga #20 from Image Comics is written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a freelance writer and aspiring author of young adult literature. She has a deep passion for all things creative, and enjoys blogging & vlogging about the process of writing, creativity, and imagination. She is currently working on a young adult paranormal romance novel. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.