Have you ever seen Krull or Legend? I feel like Brian K. Vaughan’s seen both and figured he could do something better. So far, Saga is a galaxy-trotting sci-fi comic with fantasy elements (most of the alien races seem to have their basis in traditional fantasy) and Vaughan’s biting modern humor. There’s a bounty hunter who gets an unlimited AmEx card but he’s also got a magical cat for detecting liars.
Oh, and a unicorn woman hires him.
It’s an oversized issue, which introduces us to the narrator–the baby of the two protagonists, a fairy girl and a guy with horns–and the some of the supporting cast. There’s the bounty hunter and then a robot prince with a TV for a head and some performance issues.
Fiona Staples’s art has personality and Vaughan’s having fun.
Saga‘s either different or gives a great impression of being so.
Writer, Brian K. Vaughan; artist and colorist, Fiona Staples; letterers, Steven Finch and Staples; editor, Eric Stephenson; publisher, Image Comics.
Oh, I get it, the bad guy keeps calling Gabe “black man” because he’s a racist and it (hopefully) makes the reader take an immediate dislike to the character.
But Moench did basically the same thing with Dum Dum in the last issue and the reader’s not supposed to want Godzilla to step on him.
Huh. Misfire there.
The racial stuff is awful, regardless of Moench’s intention. When Gabe makes a “We Shall Overcome” reference, Moench’s gone off the deep end.
Sutton’s still on pencils, with Klaus Janson of all people joining him on inks. This issue’s almost impossible to follow, but it’s gloriously vibrant and full of movement. Janson’s inks can’t make Godzilla or the other giant monsters look any more proportional but he sure does make the issue fun to read.
When I say it’s impossible to follow… seriously, I haven’t got a clue about half the story.
The Isle of Lost Monsters; writer, Doug Moench; penciller, Tom Sutton; inker, Klaus Janson; colorist, Phil Rachelson; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Archie Goodwin; publisher, Marvel Comics.