By Christine Marie Vinciquarra
[*Mild spoilers for Issue #22 of Saga below!]
I've said it before, and I'll say it again; Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples know how to start their issues with an eye-catching scene! I'm happy to say that this one made me pause and laugh out loud for a minute or two. Saga continues to be one of my favorite on going series, and Issue #22 confirmed that it probably will be for a long time. There are so many satisfying moments! Fiona Staples continues to dazzle my eyes with her creative, colorful art. We get a really nice balance of events, as opposed to the last issue, which mainly focused on The Robot Kingdom. I'm glad that Vaughan gave us a little bit of everything. Unfortunately, there's still no sign of Gwendolyn, The Will, Sophie, and Lying Cat. What's up with that?
I mentioned in my review last month that the scenes with The Family left me bored and confused. I definitely didn't have that problem with Issue #22. While my gut told me that it was only a matter of time before Alana and Marko's recent behavior caught up with them, I felt stuck in limbo waiting for something to happen. I'd say Vaughan's timing was perfect. He built me up to "frustrated reader" status long enough to make me happy to see my two favorite characters fighting. He gave this issue the drama that the rest of The Family was already anticipating. Even little toddler Hazel knew about the trouble in paradise. At the end of the day, it is upsetting to know that things will probably only get worse from here. However, Vaughan has proved to be such an amazing writer, that I trust him.
I always have mixed feelings when I talk about the Robot Kingdom, but the addition of a new character left me feeling satisfied during the scenes with Prince IV. I feel repetitive because I know I always say, "I don't want to spoil anything," but it's impossible to talk about the Robot Janitor's scenes without giving things away. He's nuts, and his scenes are constantly filled with explosive events. I can't describe the amount of anticipation I have for next month's issue. Vaughan is an expert at leaving us wanting more, and although it's painful, I thank him for knowing how to keep his readers interested!
Saga #22 from Image Comics is written by Brian K. Vaughan, with art by Fiona Staples.
Christine Marie Vinciquarra is a writer and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. Some of her favorite things include: Batgirl, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Saga, Game of Thrones (the books and the show), Johnny Depp, and all things Disney. She spends her weekends feeding her competitive side while she plays tabletop and/or video games with her husband and friends. She is currently working on a series of young adult fantasy novels. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.