I know I praise Saga every month, but Saga #6 is no different. This issue develops the plot, establishes conflicts between characters and further builds and develops a believable and living universe. That’s quite a lot to ask for one issue, and Saga #6 delivers once again.
The official description from Image:
The epic hit series continues, as Alana and her baby finally reach the legendary Rocketship Forest, where everything changes forever.
The main advantage of this issue is that it finally leaves the setting of Cleave. Alana and Marko have been on Cleave since the series began. Considering the bigger universe that Saga has shown through the likes of The Will (and his previous visit to Sextillion) its good to see the title take the main characters to new locations. Some could argue that Cleave itself was not properly explored as an entire planet, but Alana and Marko are meant to be on the run, after all.
Yet this isn’t a standard sci-fi affair. The wonderful combination of science fiction versus magic once again shows its head in Saga #6. With the ‘Rocketship Forest’ this issue explores the more magical side of space travel. Is it needed? Not necessarily, but it adds much more depth and exposition to a carefully created background.
Of course, more than just the universe itself, Saga is a story about individual characters. The Will, and his lying cat, are a particularly good example of this, with Saga #6 further exploring his own story and struggles. After seeing both The Will and Prince Robot IV’s personal conflicting morals, its great to see the two finally talk in this issue. This follows the aftermath of the previous cliffhanger. It may be an obvious set up for future conflicts, but its part of the charm. These aren’t standard villains; they’ve been shown to have both good and bad sides. As a result, it actually matters when the bad guys have problems; readers may even find themselves taking sides.
As with previous issues, Saga #6 also leaves on a cliffhanger of sorts. Its not exactly dramatic, but it does leave you eagerly awaiting for the next issue. The pacing in this title feels right; it can take its time in areas, but it always gives you something in the mean time.