blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Saga 4 (June 2012)

Oh, Brian K. Vaughan, your cliffhangers are so precious. Especially when you don’t have them payoff.

After turning the softest of all possible cliffhangers into a hard cliffhanger last issue, Vaughan does the opposite here. He turns a hard cliffhanger into a soft one. Big yawn.

To say the least.

As for the resolution to the last cliffhanger? There isn’t one. Instead, Vaughan skirts the resolution in a fantastic dialogue scene. It’s incredibly well-written, insightful into relationships between couples and so on and so forth. It’s just not a payoff for a cliffhanger.

Most of this issue’s scenes are rather well-written, with some great details (a disemboweled ghost amusing a baby), but the issue is incredibly problematic. He makes the protagonists exceedingly boring.

The plotting machinations show through, making it very hard to get invested in the characters. Vaughan forces one to keep his or her guard up.


Writer, Brian K. Vaughan; artist and colorist, Fiona Staples; letterer, Fonografiks; editor, Eric Stephenson; publisher, Image Comics.

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