“It’s a boy, alright.”
A famous literary drunkard once wrote, “If you’re going to try, go all the way.” But not even Bukowski with a cig and a jug would argue against the notion that “to try” is to sacrifice and “all the way” might actualize as a path paved in brick and mortar, guts and blood. In the latest chapter of “Saga,” sacrifice, like evolution, divides and multiplies, subtracts to add. Unfortunately, hero and villain alike fall prey to whom the winds fell and whom they raise.
As if stricken by bloodlust or boredom or mad genius (and one could easily argue the last), after several issues of a comparatively tame story arc writer Brian K. Vaughan reminds us all why we fell in love with this series in the first place with a spectacle of shock and loss and devastation.
Deftly wielding three separate storylines like blades thought dull until flash of red and pain, Vaughan somehow manages to organically lead each set of characters into a plot whirlpool, the outcomes of which could be anyone’s guess. Sans spoilers, this time around some of your favorite characters might meet their dread ends by way of tooth or trigger or far, far worse.
Yet, on a positive note, the overall story continues to evolve in fascinating if staggering ways, twisting our expectations without turning us astray, pushing the narrative toward the unexpected but contrived, then cackling downward under raised eyebrows jewel-centered with dollar signs. Instead, “Saga” continues to read like the adored lovechild of two experts coming together to push the boundaries of fictional reality toward pastures not simply greener but undiscovered.
Another chapter in “Saga” is coming to a close, the stakes high, coffins filling by the page. No one is safe, and that’s exactly how it should stay. Overall, Chapter Twenty-Nine is an impressive progression in the latest story arc, as ambitious and honed as it is fearless and beautiful.