Review: ‘Saga #56’ Introduces a Mirror Image of Alana and Family Story

Things are never what they initially seem to be in Saga. Seemingly likable characters are introduced, establish some kind of friendly rapport with the main characters, and then are later revealed to be evil (or vice versa).

It’s a formula we’ve seen time and time again in Saga, but the genius of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ series is how well they pull it off every time. Reading it, you never expect the characters to go from outwardly hospitable to cold-hearted, near sociopathic ruthlessness within the span of a page.

It’s a formula we’ve seen time and time again in Saga, but the genius of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ series is how well they pull it off every time. Reading it, you never expect the characters to go from outwardly hospitable to cold-hearted, near sociopathic ruthlessness within the span of a page.

The characters in question here are Saga #56’s band of space pirates/drug dealers/music bootleggers/self-professed crappy rock band who bring Alana and crew aboard their skull-shaped ship.

Initially, they appear hostile—mainly to Alana’s new right-hand man, Bombazine—but when Alana appears with Hazel and Squire in tow, they put on a new face, welcoming them aboard and offering the little tots ice cream and a chance to look around their ship.

Initially, this group appears not completely dissimilar to Alana’s group. They are a random collection of refugees from both sides of the war who found companionship in one another, and even espouse a fierce hatred towards the conflict, blaming both factions involved.

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