Written by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
This was the last issue of Sage before Vaughan and Staples take a year long “intermission”. This issue will also conclude volume 9. This may have been the shortest issue that they’ve had during their run as well, which is kind of a bummer. We were left a bit traumatized at the end of issue 53, and now we get to see what Marko decides to do about it.
Something that I love about Fiona Staples is her use of imagery in a artistic literary way. There is a lot of symbolism in this issue, and whether it’s a black feather (like on the cover) or The Will taking off his mask, there is so much more to the art than just the story being told. The visuals that go along with what is going on inside the minds of Marko and The Will are wonderful.
I am currently upset with Brian K. Vaughan at the decisions he has made in the last handful of issues, so I don’t feel it’s fair to go too much into it. I’m not upset in the real way, of course, but I feel like giving him the silent treatment for what he has done with too many characters. I’m mad at him in the same way I am mad at George R.R. Martin. But this, admittedly, shows just how good of a writer Vaughan is. He’s pulled me so much into the story and the characters that I am legitimately frustrated with him.
Essentially this entire issue was a fight between Marko and The Will. We get a small glimpse of the beach where a lot went down last issue, so we get to see the status of Alana and company, but it is mostly the fight. Throughout this entire series, we’ve seen Marko battle with the concept of violence and killing. We’ve also watched The Will go through an emotional rollercoaster between losing loved ones, being enslaved, etc. This fight seems to be a culmination of all of that, and we get to see some of the real consequences of those decisions and actions. Consequences that we won’t be able to move forward on for another year. I totally understand the need to take a break, but at the same time, it’s going to be a long year. Hopefully, I won’t still be mad at Vaughan when it comes back.
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