Saga #5

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: July 18, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 13
8.9Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

The smash hit ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples continues, as Prince Robot IV's hunt for Hazel and her parents takes a deadly turn.

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Zak Edwards Jul 20, 2012

    Was there ever any doubt this wouldn't be incredible? Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Comic Book Revue - Jay Mattson Jul 22, 2012

    It's not entirely clear how all of these plot lines will eventually intersect. The most obvious confrontation will be Marko and Alana's meeting with Robot IV somewhere down the line. The Will started off as a clear-cut enough character who's slowly changing into the wild card that doesn't really have a horse in this race yet, per se. However things pan out, it's sure to be amazing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Crux - Nick Verissimo May 10, 2013

    It should be clear at this point that I think that if you are not reading Saga yet that you should absolutely head out and get it now. I think that first issue is on something like its 8th or 9th printing, so you have no excuse! Get to your LCS and start buying now! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jul 18, 2012

    Saga 5 is the best single issue of a book I've read in quite some time. Obviously, for that reason, it's my pick of the week. However, every time a new issue comes out, it's usually my pick of the week. There's a lot of great development in this issue and a few of these side stories come together. Vaughan's writing and Staples' art make one hell of a creative team here. I can not say enough good things about this issue and this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - GreenBasterd Mar 21, 2013

    Another home run is put into the books for Saga, Ill just quietly lock myself into my room and cry softly till next months issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Erika D. Peterman Jul 19, 2012

    This has got to be one of the most consistently great comic books being published right now. Exciting, surprising and even sharply funny, Saga #5 provides more wonderful character moments and portraits of strange yet somehow familiar worlds. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Jul 20, 2012

    Saga #5 continues the series' trend of defying expectations and provides a very well deserved bang for your buck. While we have yet to see some definitive progress on the story front, at the moment the ride is too enjoyable to complain about that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 21, 2012

    Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga continues to be the best new book of this year. Vaughan is bringing all of his previous experience to bear on this new universe and story that he's telling, and Staples' art continues to be filled with style and panache. Every issue of this series is a joy, and I don't image that will be changing anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 22, 2012

    Staples once again impresses with a consistent style over the most diverse group of characters in a comic book, also imbuing human qualities in the weird and wonderful. This is essential reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jul 23, 2012

    I am not sure how many times I can express how good Saga is without overly gushing about it. It's completely enchanted me and to wait for the next installments are always a chore, but it's one of the best books on the market and one of the most original I've read in a long, long time. Saga sports some solid storytelling, great characters and visuals that stay with you. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jul 24, 2012

    It feels good to add another item to the list of monthly must-read titles, and this one certainly deserves the honor. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jul 22, 2012

    As always, Brian K. Vaughn knows how to write a great story. Here, we got away from Marko and Alana for a bit, and learned more about The Will and Prince Robot, both characters I like, even though their both going after our main protagonists. I was sad to see Stalk go here, I kinda liked her character, I wouldn't be surprised if she healed but if this is the last of her, I'm interested in seeing how The Will reacts. Also, Fiona Staples continues to be one of the best things about this comic, her clean art, the way she drew Marko's rampage was great, as well as the the way she draws the emotions on Alana's face or the lack of life on Stalk's... she's a hell of an artist. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 18, 2012

    I'm getting close to running out of superlatives for "Saga." I've actually gotten to the point where I stop trying to explain it to my friends and I just hand it to them. Thankfully, as "Saga" #5 clearly displays, Vaughan and Staples are nowhere near out of ideas and aren't afraid to take chances with characters. As in every issue prior, there are jaw-dropping, gasp-worthy moments involving characters we didn't even know about in 2011. Five months after their debut, the characters of "Saga" have proven to be fan-favorites. Don't wait to pick up this series in trade paperback. It's well worth the time and money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - theSandman Jul 18, 2012

    Violence and morality are emphasized in all of the plot lines, and the decisions related to violent actions will have far reaching impact on the character's futures. Whether violence pushes some characters together, or drives others apart, will be exciting to find out. Either way I'm definitely in on this series for the full ride. I can't wait to see what Vaughan and Staples have in store for the rest of the issues as every aspect of this comic is spot on. The action, character development, plot and artwork all have an amazing synergy that keeps building. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward Jul 18, 2012

    Whilst it further helps to set up further narratives and interactions between the various characters, many of whom haven't met yet, the shock of the moment adds a sense of realism to the dire situations depicted on the screen. Once again, I'm hungrily craving the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jul 20, 2012

    And that brings another 'perhaps' to mind as to why I haven't fully accepted Saga - perhaps it's just that I'm more interested in the ancillary characters than I am in the main protagonists, Marko and Alana. They're cool enough to like, but not quite enough to love. At least not yet. Vaughan has earned all the time I'm going to give him to try and change that. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jul 18, 2012

    Saga #5 continues to be a beautiful, if fast-paced, romp through a fascinating new world. Hopefully in the issues to come we'll get a chance to stop and look around a bit without being chased down by dudes with Mega Man blasters. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Jul 23, 2012

    I hadn't thought of this until now, but none of the main characters have met each other yet and the comic is already one of the years best. Just think about that people! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jul 19, 2012

    If you’re still not reading this book… then what the fuck is wrong with you? Seriously, this is one of the best comics out there and I can’t think of one thing that can touch it. I’ll save you all the “instant classic” bullshit you’ll find on other sites since I don’t know how this book is going to end. I don’t even know when it will end since it has such great potential to run for as long as it needs to. I’ll take a story with endless potential over an instant classic any day and if they end up being one and the same… even better. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jul 17, 2012

    I have a feeling this series will never run out of gas, its that good. If you missed out on Saga 1,2,3,4 it could be hard to find and expensive too, so my advice is to wait for the trade to come out. Reading it in one nice volume will be rewarding. From Image Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jul 20, 2012

    Most importantly, it finally feels as if the plot is coming together. While the chaotic feel of the book has been exhilarating these past few months, the story that it's had to tell has felt very straightforward and not terribly compelling. There have been some recent wrenches thrown into the characters' lives, particularly the not-quite-villain bounty hunter dubbed The Will, who made a very rash decision in the last issue. He seeks some help from an old friend, but it's fairly obvious that no help will be forthcoming by the issue's end. Until now, I've been interested in Saga as an aesthetic experience, but with its fifth issue it seems that Vaughn has found a voice for the plot as well as his concerns. After five months, Saga has earned its prerelease excitement. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Jul 20, 2012

    In the end, I am hopeful, about both this book and the fate of the characters within. I want to believe that The Will's crew won't hunt the happy family, but help them. I doubt this will happen, but having some hope for this poor couple and their already war-affected child isn't the worst thing in the world. And I think this book has done such a fine job of world building thus far, that as the series expands, it will be one of the richer books on the market. But I stand by my statement that this would work far better in trade than it does in single issues. But, if we're being truthful, doesn't almost everything? Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Addicts - Anubhav Dasgupta Jul 24, 2012

    If you haven't started reading Saga yet, you better start right now. You're missing out on gold. If you're already a regular reader, #5 may disappoint you. Read Full Review

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