Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fiona Staples

I haven't had a chance to read the latest trade paper back edition of Saga (volume 5), I am waiting for the perfect time to delve into the amazing world that artist Fiona Staples and writer Brian K Vaughan have lovingly created.  Hopefully a quiet and sunny weekend morning where I can absorb all the richness and texture of the art and story.

I was trying to think of a good metaphor for Fiona's work and what came to me is that she's like the Wayne Gretzky of comic books, she seems to have been born to make comics. She has pared down her art to it's essence, her line work is economical and graceful. Her painted colors and backgrounds are energetic and exciting but never too flashy. I might be building it up too much, but so far Saga is one of those books that really does live up to the hype.

Here is some of the hype:

World-class talent teams up to create this galactic adventure that is comics' finest space opus of our time. Vaughan crisply depicts the perils of parenting in wartime. And Staples Harvey award-winning pen dazzles on almost every page. - The Washington Post

Saga is not just one of the standout comic books of the last decade it's an incredible affirmation that there's still room for originality in science fiction, even in a marketplace dominated by powerhouse franchises. - The Atlantic