The massive hit from Image Comics, Saga, reaches its forty-eighth issue. Readers have come a long way with Marko and Alana, the series has become one of the most important comic books of all-time. In this issue, Ghüs takes center stage for a touching tale about family and faith.
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It’s been a while since we’ve checked in with Ghüs and the two journalists, stranded on a planet with Prince Robot’s son waiting for Alana and Marko to return. The situation has grown bleak with everyone on the brink of starvation. Ghüs and Robot Junior set out to hunt an invisible beast.
This story is all about Ghüs, which is fantastic because he’s one of the best minor characters in the series. Our adorable and honorable hero shares fatherly insight to Robot Junior on their hunting trek. Ghüs has stepped up in a big way, taking charge of the small group, knowing full well what’s at stake with his current responsibilities.
Robot Junior fails his warrior conquest, proving his pure heart outweighs his desire to impress his father. During the conclusion to the issue, Ghüs’ faith in his allies pays off as they return to save the group. Prince Robot reunited with his son promises some interesting growth for both characters as their relationship is a particularly challenging one.
It feels great to have the gang back together. This series has accomplished so much over these forty-eight issues, it’s hard not to be in love with every character. Having this cast back together, and what they went through to reunite, will make diehard fans carry a heavy heart.
Saga is a tough series to review often. It’s been consistently astounding since its inaugural issue. Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples are both top talents in the comic book industry, with the hardware to show for it. To be this far into a series, maintaining the creative team, and delivering consistently with every issue is an impressive feat. This is a truly unique comic that continues to grow and inspire.
Books like Saga are crucial to the success and growth of the comic book industry. When independent publishers can provide abstract and challenging books, it forces the big two to stay on their toes. Vaughan and Staple’s brilliant space opera also does a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to addressing social issues. This will certainly be one of the most important comic books of the 21st century as it consistently pushes the envelope, making sure everyone on this Earth is understood in Saga‘s vast galaxy.