Saga #9

Saga #9

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 16, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 30 User Reviews: 14
9.1Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

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The Will finally has a good day.

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - tskavlan Jan 16, 2013

    This is comic book history in the making folks, don’t miss out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Bloody Disgusting - Lonmonster Jan 18, 2013

    Every issue makes me more and more excited for the next; if you havent picked up an issue of Saga yet, youre out of your mind. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Jan 18, 2013

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Vaughn and Staples together make magic. This book tells a wonderful, original sci-fi opera with artwork that is stunning and fans of great comics need not look anywhere else; Saga is where it's at. I rarely give out 5 star reviews (in fact I think The End Times of Bram and Ben was my first) but I can't think of anything wrong with this issue. Image Comics has been putting out some great, distinctive books lately and Saga is one of their best. But, since you should never trust reviews, go out and read it for yourself. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geek Smash - Andrea Shockling Jan 15, 2013

    I immediately re-read “Saga” #9 when I finished it the first time because I didn't want it to be over. So if you're like me and want to talk about what you just read, hit me up in the comments below or on Twitter. We can totally get through this together until “Saga” #10 comes out next month. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Jan 15, 2013

    This book continues to wow me and while the main characters are nowhere to be seen except a brief mention, the so-called antagonists of the series carry the title well and hope to see more of their involvement down the line. Saga is the book to not miss out on. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jan 18, 2013

    Saga #9 just might one of the best issues of this series yet. This is one of the most light-hearted chapters of Saga so far, so you are 100% guaranteed to have fun with this issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - David Gillette Jan 19, 2013

    Without giving away too much, The Will and Gwendolyn engage in an action filled scene to recover the slave girl with the reward being her freedom and some help in closing in on Marko and Alaina. For the love of all that is sacred, go buy issue 9 of Saga or I will not be able to contain my not as spoilerish review. It's my pick of the week. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Barron Network - R.Barron Jan 16, 2013

    While the art was amazing the story also held its own. In issue 8 of Saga we met Gwendolyn (Marko ex-fiance) and now she is working with the Will? Gwendolyn and The Will working together is all bad news for Marko and It is only a matter of time this group meets up. I personally can't wait to see how Alana reacts to Gwendolyn"I know it won't be pretty! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TaliAdina Jan 15, 2013

    All I can say is get this book and if you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for? Read Full Review

  • 10
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton Jan 21, 2013

    While the characters are multi-dimensional and robust, it is world building where Vaughan truly excels. It is not often in today's market that a truly gifted creator is allowed to craft a fully functioning world from whole cloth. The world of Saga has its own unique cultures, system of magic, interactions, and rules. These are established almost primarily through dialogue and characterization. It is an impressive lesson in craft that never fails to disappoint. Saga is unique experience unlike any in comics today, and I look forward to my next visit. Plus, the book always contains the best letters page in comics. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Read Comic Books - Corey Fryia Jan 16, 2013

    Saga #9 is absolutely phenomenal in every sense of the word. If youre not reading Saga than youre depriving yourself of arguably the best one-going series that your heard earned money can buy. Series like Saga are a once in a lifetime experience for comic readers. Jump aboard as soon as you possibly can. Youre sure to enjoy the ride. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Geekality - Julius Freeman Jan 16, 2013

    If you haven't started reading this book, then what the hell are you waiting for? Seriously, this book can go toe to toe with any of the other books the big two publish on a monthly basis. Why Brian K. Vaughn isn't working for the big two is a mystery to me, but I prefer he write for Image Comics alone. He can write whatever he wishes without the corporate chains of intellectual property restraining him. The characters are so alive they might as well jump out of the page. Usually, books of this magnitude reach a stagnant plateau where it remains until the end of the series, but not this book. This book keeps on climbing to a peak invisible to the naked eye. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Jan 17, 2013

    Believe the hype. “Saga” is made of the stuff that the very best comic runs of all time are made of and is likewise a world you never can see enough of. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Pop Cultist - Josh Elliott Jan 17, 2013

    The Will, Gwendolyn and the Slave Girl are the center figures of this issue, but don't think for a second the story is all about them; Brian K. Vaughn is too good for that, and with a deft little twist of the story, he brings it all around to Alana and Marko. The connection is imaginative and perfectly executed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Graeme Emmett Jan 21, 2013

    An honourable mention also has to go to Lying Cat who shines more in this issue then all his other appearances combined. Anyone who likes comic books really needs to read Saga. Consistent, awesome, funny and violent are the buzzwords I would use for it and thats not hyperbole it really is that good and even the letters page is brilliant and has a real community feel about it. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    IGN - Joey Esposito Jan 16, 2013

    Lastly " I've said it before and I'll say it again " the letters column of this book adds tons of value to the single issue purchase. It's personable, funny, and informative. While there might not be as much content as something like the back-up essays in Ed Brubaker books, it's absolutely a boon to the issue-to-issue reader. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Jan 22, 2013

    One of the great things about Saga -- besides its colloquial approach to sci-fi/fantasy -- is that each issue has something memorable about it and a bunch of memorable, vividly painted characters to go along with it. I'm not really the guy to cite specific issue numbers, but there was the one with the TV robot having banging a chick. There was the one with giant balls in it. There was the one with the brothel planet. While that's all related to nether regions -- surely just a product of how my brain works -- Issue #9 is the one with the main guy's girlfriend and probably the best moment of Lying Cat yet. Meanwhile, I have trouble differentiating most superhero comics beyond "that issue where the guy hit the thing, Part 3 of 7." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Jan 18, 2013

    If you're not already reading it you're doing something wrong that's all. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Jan 19, 2013

    Oh and who can forget lying cat? The animal that can tell when someone is lying had a couple of moments in here that were hilarious. Who ever thought that such a strange creature could become such a fan favourite. The moments with this animal are well worth admission alone. Speaking of admission, I am in shock that this is still a 2.99 book. It is such a bargain. If you are unfamiliar with this series then pick up the trade of 1-6. I assure you will thank me. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Christopher Romero Jan 17, 2013

    Vaughan does a fine job exploring The Will's heart that adds more depth to his motives. Fiona Staples is at the top of her game with this issue. Each panel is so meticulously crafted; leaving us impatient to turn each page. She does a fantastic job showcasing the ferocious and cuddly sides of Lying Cat"another character who just adds to an already stellar cast. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jan 20, 2013

    Guys, Saga is amazing. You should know this already, but I'll happily continue talking about it just in case you've somehow missed out on the joy that is this book. Don't feel bad if that's you, because it simply means that you get to experience Saga for the first time, something that I'm jealous of you for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Jonathan Gomez-Dominguez Jan 21, 2013

    The only problem I have with the added conflict is that the progression of this series is slow due to it's monthly release. I would hate to read a cliff hanger and then have to wait a month only to read a filler and wait another month for the conclusion. I know that it takes time to make a masterpiece like this and you can totally disagree with me, but I have seen it in stories like Dragon Ball Z and I hated it! Not saying that DBZ is the same as Saga but the endless fillers and beating around the bush only to be disappointed in the end. All fears aside the extended rapier that the Will had alone gives this a perfect score, but again it's slow progression that kills it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Jan 18, 2013

    The complexity of this story keeps us guessing, as we never know what we're going to see out of Saga. Fiona Staples will draw anything Vaughan concocts, and she'll go all out doing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Jan 16, 2013

    Even with a slight misstep this month, Saga is still better than 95% of what is out there in the comic book stores right now. Don't let my critique sway you in thinking this series is on a decline, Saga is a must read every month. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 20, 2013

    Light and entertaining, simple and pure, graced with some of the most graceful art. A solid outing for a consistently solid series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 16, 2013

    The thing that baffles me about Saga is why the sales haven't gone up with each issue. The beauty of the writing is that you can jump on with any issue and it will recap you with some aspect of the storyline; then all you have to do is continue reading from there to be further recapped in the next issue. It's quite brilliant as it makes every issue a good jumping on point for new readers and I'm not bullshitting. In this issue we're recapped about the main plot of the story, the death of a character, our other antagonist and even how Marco's rings work. All the while, the story moved forward, developed and so did our characters. So, I'll continue reviewing this series because it continues to be great and until everyone is posting comments saying, "I'm a reader and told my comic shop to pre-order it for me every month" I'll be here telling you about everything you're missing out on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 16, 2013

    SAGA 9 does not disappoint. The Will is the main focus in this issue, and while I felt it lacked a bit because he couldn't carry the issue as well and Marko and Alana could, it was still a great read. We get deeper into Marko's past, by meeting Gwedolyn, and we find out there's a lot more to the Slave Girl than originally thought. The writing and art are fantastic as always, and it leaves you wanting more.Overall, I highly recommend this issue and this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Jan 21, 2013

    Staples and Vaughn build the world of "Saga" with the same skill that they develop characters. By the end of "Saga" #9, the reader has acquired new information about the setting and peoples of the world and seen some bizarre new sights, but the detail and variety is revealed casually and naturally through the action of the plot instead of shoe-horned or crammed in. Vaughn and Staples' pace of storytelling that advances plot and world-building in a gradual clip, with world-building that is easy to take in because it is neither too slow nor too fast. It hovers between comfortable and exciting, leavening the alien sights with the humanity and likability of the characters. This mixture of familiar and strange makes the world "Saga" a place that readers will look forward to visiting month after month, year after year, until the story reaches its end. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Jan 16, 2013

    Unfortunately The Will in action might be one of the weakest things I've seen yet in this series. Give another artist the dialogue Staples works with and I'm sure some of the pages would come off as boring or confusing. But the action is sadly a bit stilted and awkward. The movement doesn't look right, as if the characters were in mud when they should be running briskly. It's only a page or two in this book, but it took me out of the issue completely. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 21, 2013

    I trust Vaughn to know what he's doing. A lot of necessary steps took place in this issue. I just wish they'd come at a different time. Hopefully we'll be back to our regularly scheduled program next issue. Read Full Review

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