DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 tops 2019 comic book sales

Detective Comics #1000 (DC Comics)

DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 tops 2019 comic book sales

Diamond Comic Distributors has released its annual list of the best selling comics books and graphic novels and there’s plenty of good news for many of the top publishers in the industry.

DC Comics takes the top spot in the individual sales chart as Detective Comics landmark 1000th issue becomes the top selling issue of 2019. The top ten issues is dominated by number ones with Marvel taking the lions share of spots on the chart. Here’s the top 10:

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1DETECTIVE COMICS #1000$9.99DC
2SPAWN #300$7.99IMAGE COMICS
3X-MEN #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
4BLACK CAT #1$4.99MARVEL COMICS
5DCEASED #1$3.99DC
6ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1$7.99MARVEL COMICS
7MARVEL COMICS #1000$9.99MARVEL COMICS
8HOUSE OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
9POWERS OF X #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS
10WAR OF REALMS #1$5.99MARVEL COMICS

Over in the graphic novel top 10, it’s DC Comics who takes the crown again as Watchmen tops the chart with the most recent incarnation of its trade paperback. DC holds five of the top 10 slots with Image Comics and Dark Horse holding the rest of the chart.

RANKDESCRIPTIONPRICEVENDOR
1WATCHMEN TP$24.99DC
2SAGA VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
3UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: APOCALYPSE SUITE TP$17.99DARK HORSE COMICS
4MONSTRESS VOLUME 1 TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
5MISTER MIRACLE TP (MR)$24.99DC
6DIE VOL. 1: FANTASY HEARTBREAKER TP (MR)$9.99IMAGE COMICS
7BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT TP$19.99DC
8THE WALKING DEAD VOL. 31 TP (MR)$16.99IMAGE COMICS
9BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE HC$17.99DC
10BATMAN: DAMNED HC (MR)$29.99DC

Did you pick up any of the issues and TPB’s which make up these top 10’s? We’d love to hear your favourite comics from the year so let us know in the comments section below!


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Image Comics

IMAGE COMICS schedule for NYCC

PORTLAND, Ore. 9.27.2019 — Image Comics is pleased to return to New York this year for New York Comic Con on Thursday, October 3 through Sunday, October 6 and will be located in booth #1444.

Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to www.imagecomics.com for the most up-to-date information.

CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES

  • Undiscovered Country #1 Scott Snyder, Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli – $10 + tax
  • Gold foil Spawn 300 cover (ONLY AVAILABLE WITH BUM BUMZ PURCHASE) both for $50 – Limited quantity of 500 comics. (limit 2 per person)
  • Silver foil Spawn 300 cover $25 each (limit 2 per person)
  • Three exclusive Spawn prints ($20 each or 3 for $50)
  • Monstress HC dust jacket featuring art by Sana Takeda – Free with purchase of Monstress hardcover
  • Saga bookplate – Free with purchase of Saga Book One Compendium
  • Paper Girls bookplate – Free with purchase of any Paper Girls hardcover

SIGNINGS AT THE IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#1444)

*TICKETED denotes signings require wristbands. Wristbands will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available for attendee, retailer, and professional badge-types only, unless otherwise stated. There will be a limit of 3 items per person for ticketed signings unless otherwise noted. All items presented for signing are subject to review and denial by staff. No CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Michel Fiffe (COPRA)

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Jeff Rougvie (GUNNING FOR HITS)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (GASOLINA)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Andre Frattino, Jesse Lee Pointer (SIMON SAYS)
  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY, MURDER FALCON)

2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Todd McFarlane (SPAWN) [*TICKETED. Attendee and professional badge holders only; 13+ age requirement, limit TWO items per person; no CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading; no sketches; no photos]

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • Alexandre Tefenkgi (OUTPOST ZERO)

4:30 – 5:15 PM

  • Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl (ISOLA) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]

5:00 – 7:00 PM

  • Andrei Bressan **sketching** (BIRTHRIGHT)

5:30 – 6:15 PM

  • Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Jacopo Camagni, Marco B. Bucci (NOMEN OMEN) & Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]
  • Henry Barajas (LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O)

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Anthony Del Col (SON OF HITLER)
  • Robert Kirkman (SUPER DINOSAUR, THE WALKING DEAD, INVINCIBLE, OUTCAST, DIE DIE DIE) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Priscilla Petraites, Marco Lesko (RAT QUEENS)
  • Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan (BIRTHRIGHT)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Tina Horn (SFSX)
  • Brandon Thomas, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, Deron Bennet (EXCELLENCE)

2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Todd McFarlane (SPAWN) [*TICKETED. Attendee and professional badge holders only; 13+ age requirement, limit TWO items per person; no CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading; no sketches; no photos]

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • Paul Azaceta (OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA)

4:30 – 5:15 PM

  • Brian K. Vaughan (PAPER GIRLS, SAGA) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]

5:00 – 5:45 PM 

  • Shawn Kittelsen, Eric Zawadzki (HEART ATTACK)

5:30 – 6:15 PM 

  • Andrew MacLean (HEAD LOPPER)

6:00 – 6:45 PM

  • Jen Bartel (BLACKBIRD) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Todd McFarlane, Clayton Crain (SPAWN) [*TICKETED. Attendee and professional badge holders only; 13+ age requirement, limit TWO items per person; no CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading; no sketches; no photos]

10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Pia Guerra (ME THE PEOPLE)

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Kris Anka, Matt Wilson (THE WHITE TREES)
  • Cullen Bunn, Baldemar Rivas, Kyle Strahm (UNEARTH)

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • Wes Craig (DEADLY CLASS)
  • Justin Jordan, Rebekah Isaacs (REAVER)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Sanford Greene, David Walker, Chuck Brown (BITTER ROOT) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]
  • Chris Sebela (EVOLUTION)

2:00 – 2:45 PM

  • Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram (LITTLE BIRD)
  • Wesley Chu (THE WALKING DEAD: TYPHOON)

3:00 – 3:45 PM

  • Brian K Vaughan (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]
  • Dean Haspiel (RED HOOK)

4:00 – 5:15 PM

  • Todd McFarlane (SPAWN) [*TICKETED. Attendee and professional badge holders only; 13+ age requirement, limit TWO items per person; no CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading; no sketches; no photos]

4:00 – 4:45 PM

  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY, MURDER FALCON)

5:00 – 5:45 PM

  • Brandon Thomas, Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez, Deron Bennet (EXCELLENCE)

6:00 – 6:45 PM 

  • Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli (UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]
  • Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6

11:00 – 11:45 PM

  • Jody LeHeup, Nathan Fox (THE WEATHERMAN)
  • Brian Schirmer (FAIRLADY)

12:00 – 12:45 PM

  • W. Maxwell Prince, Martín Morazzo (ICE CREAM MAN)
  • Kyle Starks, Erica Henderson (ASSASSIN NATION)

1:00 – 1:45 PM

  • Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, GOD COUNTRY)

2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Todd McFarlane (SPAWN) [*TICKETED. Attendee and professional badge holders only; 13+ age requirement, limit TWO items per person; no CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading; no sketches; no photos]

4:00 – 4:45 PM 

  • Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE) [*TICKETED, see text below for details]

IMAGE COMICS PANELS

Thursday, October 3 @ 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Room 1A02
The craft and technique behind predicting the future with bestselling Science Fiction comics creators

The biggest names in Science Fiction storytelling, Darcy Van Poelgeest (Little Bird), Ian Bertram (Little Bird), Tina Horn (SfSx), Charles Soule (Undiscovered Country), and Giuseppe Camuncoli (Undiscovered Country) share their insight on creating comics that set the trends and push the boundaries of possibility.

Moderator: Chloe Ramos-Peterson, Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics

Friday, October 4 @ 2:45 – 3:45 PM, Room 1A02
Spine tingling comic book series perfect for Halloween

Get in the mood for All Hallow’s Eve with Chuck Brown (Bitter Root), W. Maxwell Prince (Ice Cream Man), Kieron Gillen (Die), Mirka Andolfo (Unnatural), and Cullen Bunn (Unearth) as they talk about building tension and giving fans the chills with their bestselling horror and thriller comic books.

Moderator: Chloe Ramos-Peterson, Library Market Sales Representative at Image Comics

Friday, October 4 @ 6:45 – 7:45 PM, Room 1A10 
First-look screening: Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard’s SUPER DINOSAUR

From Skybound and Spin Master comes SUPER DINOSUAR, a childrens’ television series based off of the Skybound/Image comic of the same name. Join SUPER DINOSAUR creator Robert Kirkman for a first-look at the new series, coming to Amazon Prime on October 6, followed by a Q&A!

Saturday, October 5 @ 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Room 1A02
A Spotlight on the bestselling, award winning series PAPER GIRLS

Join us as we sit down for an in-depth conversation with co-creator and writer Brian K. Vaughan and co-creator and artist Cliff Chiang about the addictive, genre-bending bestselling series Paper Girls.

Moderator: Eric Stephenson, Chief Creative Officer & Publisher at Image Comics

Saturday, October 5 @ 5:45 – 6:45 PM, Room 1A10
McFarlane’s Road to the Historic Record-Breaking Spawn #301

Todd McFarlane, Image Comics founder, creator of Spawn, co-creator of Venom and McFarlane Toys CEO, talks about his 30+ years in the comic and entertainment industry. Todd will be raw and uncensored—talking toys and comics. He’ll also be talking about one of the biggest milestones in his career, Spawn 301 which will set the record for the longest running creator-owned superhero comic ever! Plus, special surprise guests, giveaways and more!

Saturday, October 5 @ 9:00 – 10:00 PM, Room 1B03
Cat Eye: Point of View and Comics

Who’s telling the story? Every word and every image in every comic reinforces a particular POV. From the classic editorial voice of Stan Lee to the confessional memoirs of Alison Bechdel, comics occupy a unique space, reinforcing—panel-by-panel—a particular way of seeing. Why is POV so rarely discussed in relationship to comics? Join the creative team behind the Eisner-nominated comic book series MAN-EATERS to talk turkey and about they use POV to subvert expectations and troll the patriarchy. Trigger warning: Because this is a late night panel, there will be glow sticks. Panel members include NYT best-selling author Chelsea Cain (Mockingbird, Man-eaters, internationally best selling thriller novelist), Lia Miternique (Man-eaters co-creator, cover artist), Eliza Fantastic Mohan (Man-eaters contributing writer), and Emily Powell (Man-eaters haiku writer-in-residence).

Sunday, October 6 @ 1:15 – 2:15 PM, Room 1B03
Dive into Worldbuilding with the hottest writers & artists in comics

Explore the craft and creative process behind some of the most absorbing comic books on the market from the masters of story creation, Brenden Fletcher (Isola), Andre Frattino (Simon Says), Jesse Lee (Simon Says), Wes Craig (Deadly Class), Jen Bartel (Blackbird), Sam Haines (Slow City Blues), Jim Shooter (Slow City Blues), and John Livesay (Slow City Blues). 

Moderator: Marla Eizik, Executive Assistant at Image Comics

IMAGE COMICS OFFSITE EVENTS

Forbidden Planet Image Signing
Date: Thursday, October 3
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Forbidden Planet

Participants: Tee Franklin (BINGO LOVE), Andrew MacLean (HEAD LOPPER), Andre Frattino (SIMON SAYS), Jesse Lee Pointer (SIMON SAYS), W. Maxwell Prince (ICE CREAM MAN), Martin Morazzo (ICE CREAM MAN), David Walker (BITTER ROOT), Sanford Greene (BITTER ROOT), Brenden Fletcher (ISOLA), Karl Kerschl (ISOLA), Dani (COFFIN BOUND).

Forbidden Planet Image Signing
Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Forbidden Planet


Participants: Brian K. Vaughan (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS), Cliff Chiang (PAPER GIRLS), Ian Bertram (LITTLE BIRD), Darcy Van Poelgeest (LITTLE BIRD), Jacopo Camagni (NOMEN OMEN), Marco B. Bucci (NOMEN OMEN), Tina Horn (SFSX).

The WicDiv Wake

Date: Saturday, October 5
Time: 9 PM – 1 AM
Location: 470 7th Ave (4th floor) NYC

[Tickets available for purchase HERE

Come mourn with us. 
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NYCC @ NYPL EVENTS

A Monstress Conversation with Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Date: 10/03/2019
Time: 12:30-1:15 PM ET
Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Bartos Forum – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda

Image Comics and the New York Public Library are proud to present a conversation with the powerhouse creative team behind the acclaimed epic fantasy series, MONSTRESS. Join author MARJORIE LIU and artist SANA TAKEDA as they chat about their multiple award-winning title, their journey as two women of color creating and excelling in a traditionally male-dominated space, and the importance of making room for every reader in genre fiction. The audience is encouraged to join the conversation by sending in their own questions via this Google Form: https://bit.ly/2P4CLHL


Image Comics Competitive Draw!
Date: 10/03/2019
Time: 1:45-2:30 PM ET
Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Bartos Forum – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: Cliff Chiang, Erica Henderson, Andrew MacLean, Dustin Nguyen, Brian K. Vaughan


Comics legends Cliff Chiang (PAPER GIRLS, Wonder Woman), Erica Henderson(ASSASSIN NATION, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl), Andrew MacLean (HEAD LOPPER, ApocalyptiGirl), and Dustin Nguyen (DESCENDER, ASCENDER) play a live, high stakes game of visual charades with YOU, the audience! Will you be the first to guess what these superstar artists are drawing? The clock is ticking, the pens are flying, and we’re about to get loud in the library! The winning teams receive free swag and books for their branches. Refereed by author extraordinaire, Brian K. Vaughan (PAPER GIRLS, SAGA)!


Image Comics Sponsored Lunch
Date: 10/03/2019
Time: 12:00-12:30 PM ET & 1:15-1:45 PM ET
Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Bartos Forum – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: N/A


Image Comics will be sponsoring a lunch break for NYCC @ NYPL attendees!


Henry Barajas Signing
Date: 10/03/2019
Time: 1:15-1:45 PM ET
Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Bartos Forum, Image Comics Table – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: Henry Barajas


The author of LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O TATA RAMBO will sign & speak with librarians who visit the Image Comics booth


Jason Adam Katzenstein Signing
Date: 10/03/2019
Time: 1:15-1:45 PM ET
Location: NYPL Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Bartos Forum, Image Comics Table – 476 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Speakers: Jason Adam Katzenstein


The artist of CAMP MIDNIGHT will sign & speak with librarians who visit the Image Comics booth

IMAGE COMICS CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY

Andrew MacLean I-28
Andy Belanger G-4
Anthony Del Col D-6
Babs Tarr G-6
Baldemar Rivas B-25
Bengal J-22
Brenden Fletcher G-5
Brian Azzarello L-21
Brian Stelfreeze I-6
Cat Staggs I-2
Charles Soule L-35
Chelsea Cain D-2
Chris Burnham B-12
Christopher Sebela E-14
Chuck Brown G-28
Cullen Bunn B-24
Dan Panosian J-32
Daniel Warren Johnson B-15
David Walker G-29
Declan Shalvey I-31
Donny Cates L-30
Dustin Nguyen F-7
Erica Henderson I-36
Erik Larsen K-10
Giuseppe Camuncoli C-21
Greg Capullo L-38
Ian Bertram B-14
Isaac Goodhart I-13
Jacopo Camagni B-26
Jason Shawn Alexander I-16
Jeff Rougvie C-4
Jen Bartel E-9
Jerome Opeña L-8
Jim Mahfood I-17
Jim Zub A-30
Jock L-36
Jody LeHeup I-26
Joe Harris K-13
John Livesay F-28
John Romita Jr. K-1
Joshua Williamson L-34
Justin Jordan K-12
Karl Kerschl G-5
Keith Giffen J-3
Khary Randolph K-37
Klaus Janson I-40
Kris Anka E-10
Kyle Higgins K-26
Kyle Starks C-18
Kyle Strahm B-25
Leandro Fernandez J-20
Lee Garbett A-29
Lia Miternique D-2
Marc Silvestri K-38
Marco B. Bucci B-26
Marjorie Liu G-17
Martin Morazzo A-18
Matt Hawkins K-9
Matt Wagner I-9
Matteo Scalera J-30
Megan Hutchison L-29
Meredith Finch L-33
Michel Fiffe H-23
Mirka Andolfo L-27
Nathan Fox I-25
Paul Azaceta I-38
Pia Guerra H-29
Ray Fawkes H-34
Roberta Ingranata F-38
Ryan Ottley B-11
Sam Humphries L-25
Sana Takeda G-18
Sanford Greene G-27
Scott Snyder L-37
Stefano Gaudiano J-13
Stephen Green B-13
Tee Franklin D-8
Terry Dodson B-20
Tini Howard L-23
Tradd Moore B-13
Triona Farrell H-45
Vanesa R. Del Rey I-35
Wes Craig A-21
Zack Kaplan K-8


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The Walking Dead (Image Comics)

THE WALKING DEAD #193 review

You can pickup your copy of The Walking Dead #193 now where all good comics are sold!

Synopsis

“THE FARMHOUSE” Out in the countryside, trouble is brewing for a certain someone.

Review

After 193 issues The Walking Dead is coming to a surprise close this week. It came as a huge shock to me as I’m sure it did to many, especially following so closely behind the death of Rick Grimes.

This issue is going to divide audiences as most endings do. On one side will the camp who would have preferred to see the bleaker ending defined by Robert Kirkman in the letter to fans which comes at the end of this issue.

The rest will find this a satisfying ending for those characters who were able to survive the apocalypse.

Reading it I couldn’t help but feel like Kirkman felt an overriding need to give the characters closure and that closure was not simply dying through war or by walker attack.

So instead we’re greeted by a time-jump and a world which has really begun to put itself back together.

It seemed inevitable that the story of The Walking Dead would end up being told by Carl as one of the last survivors. Reading this come to pass only makes one wonder exactly how the TV series will handle it’s ending given that many of the characters seen in this issue have left or died already.

There’s plenty on intrigue in seeing what happened to Carl, Sophia, Maggie, Hershel (Jr.), Michonne and the others but what this issue does do is take the joy out of the journey of getting there.

The time-jump feels a little knee jerk, particularly given recent events in the “present day” timeline and because of that this ending does feel premature. But that being said Kirkman has been able to envision a new world order in the space of 71-pages and that is quite the achievement.

Particularly of note is Maggie’s role as POTUS and the importance of the railroad connecting the east and west coast societies. Though this is no longer a technological nation it’s certainly one which is coming together and beginning to thrive once again.

There’s mention of the world outside the safe-zone but sadly it isn’t something we get to explore at length. The walkers, bar one small group, are jettisoned here to make sure that all the series ensemble cast is given a good farewell.

Whether you ultimately feel satisfied with this ending or not it is certainly a well thought out bookend to what has arguably been one of the runaway successes of the last decade.

Verdict

It’s the end of the line for The Walking Dead and the series goes out with an emotional conclusion which plays more to its characters than it does to its story. An interesting time-jump is marred by perceived fan service but it’s certainly an ending nobody saw coming…

6/10

The Walking Dead #193 is written by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn and a cover by Adlard and Dave Stewart.

The Walking Dead #193 cover art by Charlie Adlard and Dave Stewart

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Artwork from 'Saga' series by Image Comics

Saga: Volume Five

Cover art for Image Comics 'Saga: Volume 5'
Cover art for Image Comics ‘Saga: Volume 5’

Saga: Volume Five is another action packed volume in the world of Saga. The three main story lines continuing from previous volumes are the focus for this volume. Alana and Hazel are currently captured by Dango, Marko and Prince IV has teamed up to find their children, and Gwendolyn, Sophie and The Brand continue to search for a cure for The Will. Without giving too much away in case you have yet to read the latest volume; this volume is a mixture of happy endings and painful loss – not all characters will make it to the end of the volume.
As I have said before, it is the character development and their interactions with other characters that make this comic. Even if the character is only in a few chapters, you quickly grow to either love or hate them. This is no more poignant than in this volume with two main characters’ who meet their maker; one dies as a hero and one is a much unexpected death. I will not reveal which character dies unexpectedly because this would ruin the surprise. I was genuinely surprised when this character was killed, which had an emotional impact on me as a reader. However, let’s talk about the hero’s death. (Skip the next two paragraphs if you don’t want to know who dies)

SPOILER ALERT: Yuma dies are heroic death repairing the wooden rocket ship to save all those aboard. She is one of my favourite characters for her personality. She is not particularly good or bad; Yuma just never had much luck in life and so avoided the reality of it all by being constantly high. Hazel’s final tribute to her is extremely moving and really sets up the scene.

‘The last thing Yuma ever wanted was to be a soldier. She always thought it was way too easy to convince young people to forfeit their lives playing hero. After her childhood sweetheart was killed in combat, a grieving Yuma eventually declared herself a “sensualist”. Amidst a galaxy of misery, the artist dedicated her life to chasing pleasure, avoiding pain, and helping others do the same. Yeah, she wasn’t always perfect… but who the hell is? So here’s to another victim of the goddamn war, a woman who at least managed to die exactly as she lived. High as fuck!!!’

This powerful paragraph uses strong blunt language that suits who Yuma was. Characters are not made out to be someone they are not, this adds credibility and realism to this comic. This makes them real and gritty reflecting the situation they all face. In contrast to the hard, honest language the art is bright and humorous which as a nice contrast stopping the whole comic from becoming all doom and gloom.
Sex and sexual references are once again in full swing in this volume, which is another way of lightening the mood though, as mentioned in my previous review due to the explicit content in some chapters you may want to be careful of where to read this comic.
Though not all the main story lines are sewn up, this volume does not end on a cliff-hanger. All the mini story lines within the volume are wrapped up neatly. All characters are accounted for and safe for now. While some readers may find this a disappointment, I myself, enjoy volumes not always ending on a cliff-hanger, especially when you have to wait so long for the next instalment. So when is volume six out, I hear you ask? The answer is unknown. Now are you glad it didn’t end on a cliff-hanger…..

Once again, let us know your thoughts and opinions on the developments in this latest volume. We would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

'Saga' from Image Comics

Saga: An Overview Review  

'Saga'
‘Saga’

I was in A&E the other day, waiting for a follow up appointment, happily reading a comic. As I turned the page the women behind me gasp in horror and exclaim ‘my god’. What comic I was reading I hear you ask? The answer is Saga. Volume three to be exact. I was rereading the previous comics in anticipation of the release of volume five (purchase your copy here) in just a few days’ time.

 

Saga is about two star crossed lovers in the midst of a war trying to raise their child. Sound dull?

Think again. Saga is a very graphic novel, both violently and sexually. Certainly a comic that is for adults only and maybe not to be read in such public places.  The bold style of narrative makes Saga a marmite comic. You will either love it or hate it.

I love it.  Saga is told from the perspective of Hazel, the daughter of Alana an ex-soldier from the planet of Landfall and Marko ex solider from the moon of Wreath. The two worlds have been at war with each other for hundreds of years, which have expanded throughout the galaxy forcing each planet and moon to take a side.

So what makes this comic so special I hear you ask? The Answer is two elements – the writing and the design.

Fiona Staples is the artist who brings this comic to life. Saga is set in a dark and twisted world dealing with difficult subjects including death, war and loss, but her bright fluid style gives the comic its brightness and the feeling of a chance of happiness when all the war is over. Pair this with Brian K Vaughan’s writing style which is gripping and fast paced, mixed, with dark humour and you have a comic book series which you won’t be able to put down.

My only criticism would be at times the narrative becomes hard to follow due to the language barrier. With the vast variety of different species in this comic who each speak a different language communication happens through the use of either rings which automatically translate whatever language that person is speaking; just like the Babel Fish from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which only work to a certain distance. Or the other way of communication is just to know the language like we would learn a second language. While this language barrier gives authenticity to the comic it interrupts the narrative, the reader has to rely purely on the artwork which, while it gives some guidance it does not give a definitive answer.

If you like stories of adventure and romance mixed with its fair share of blood and death, then Saga is the comic series for you. If you are already hooked, like me, leave us a comment and let us know your opinion of the story so far; favourite characters? Do you agree with what has happened so far? What do you think is going to happen next? We would love to hear from you.

Stay tuned for my review of Saga Volume 5…