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Review: Saga, Volume 1

Saga, Volume 1
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely a different type of read, and in some ways one of the strangest stories I have ever read. I am not a huge fan of the artwork, but it isn’t bad enough to keep me from reading. The story itself…has to be read to be believed. Vaughan keeps tinkering with his style, and his storytelling skills continue to grow. This particular story is a bit cruder than most of his prior work, but it does not read as gratuitous as is so often the case with other writers. Definitely looking forward to future volumes.

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Review: Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits

Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits
Ex Machina, Vol. 10: Term Limits by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After having read a fair bit of his work I can honestly say that when given a chance to bring a story to a natural conclusion Brian K. Vaughan knows how to finish a story. He did a great job of it with Y The Last Man, and he did a great job of it with Ex Machina. This volume was a perfect conclusion for the series, and he brought the story to an elegant conclusion.

Most would say that the sign of a good book is that when it is over you want more. In the case of Vaughan’s work I think that being able to say that you are satisfied, and the story is now over is a better example of the quality of his work. Anybody can keep churning out issue after issue, stringing a story along long past the point where it was actually interesting. It takes talent to know that a story has a finite limit, and to elegantly bring the story to that conclusion in such a manner that even the fans can look at it and know that it is done, and they are happy with how it ended. Too many times you never get that conclusion to a story because the book gets cut before the writer can wrap it up or because it just keeps going forever with no actual ending.

This story is now over, and while I don’t necessarily want more of this story I do want more of Vaughan’s work to read. Time to wander around and see what else he may have worked on that I haven’t already read…

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Review: Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores
Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t think I can say it any better than the quote from Stephen King on the cover: “The best graphic novel I’ve ever read.” There were some points where I was tempted to set the series aside, but I am very glad that I worked past the sluggish points and kept reading. The writing kept improving as the story moved on, and dealt with some very difficult issues with a deft hand. This was a very good series, and the final volume was the perfect culmination of the entire series. Definitely worth the read.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast

Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast
Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better. I really enjoyed the little plot twists in this volume, especially the one at the very end. More and more I am finding that my expectations for the story and the characters don’t match up with the reality of what the writer is writing, and I rather enjoy that little problem. Now to move on to the next volume in the story…or rather, go back and read the cross-over book with Young Avengers which apparently precedes this volume in the overall continuity.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance

Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance
Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very nice! I thought I had a twist figured out, and while I was in the neighborhood I was very wrong in my assumption. I rather enjoy being wrong when a story is as well written as this one proved to be. Happily they seem to have sacked the artist that I disliked so much from the prior volume and the artwork is back to normal. Some very good writing in this volume, and now it is time for me to pick up the next volume and move on with the story.

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