I'm learning that I just don't dig Matt Fraction's work the way other people do. Hawkeye didn't hit home for me, and Sex Criminals isn't high on my liI'm learning that I just don't dig Matt Fraction's work the way other people do. Hawkeye didn't hit home for me, and Sex Criminals isn't high on my list either.
I give it points. It's almost entirely dialogue-based. There's not a lot of action, so the dialogue has to be pretty snappy to carry the story. The art is good. The things that are supposed to be seedy are definitely seedy.
Finally, it's fairly sex positive, which is a good thing. I mean, a lot of comics don't really deal with sex in a direct way, and I have to say that if I read this as a lad, it might have made me feel less weird about shit. Not about "shit" shit, but stuff. I don't know that a collection of pictures and words will change my opinions on shit, which consist mostly of, "None for me, thanks."
So why didn't I love it?
The first volume, for me, was a lot of what we call "infill." We get the in media res thing, and it takes almost the entire volume to catch us up to where the story started.
It's the problem I have with a lot of comics and movies based on comics.
When I say to you, "This book is about people who can freeze time when they orgasm. There's a woman who narrates the story and thought she was the only one who could do it, then she meets a man who does the same thing" is any more explanation required? I mean, yes, you'll have questions about the specifics, the "ins & outs" if I may be gross about it, but overall, the broad strokes are pretty tidy.
So the frustration I have, as a reader, is knowing this as the premise and then spending a lot of time "learning" about the power along with the characters. And you kind of get that same origin twice as both the male and female protagonists explain how they came to understand their powers.
I guess what I'm saying, I hate origins. I just can't stand them anymore. And this book had two, and two origins that felt pretty similar to me, and I understood those origins from a very short blurb.
My hope is that the next volume really digs into the story. That stuff happens in real time as opposed to backstory.
But maybe this is all just wrapped up by a communication problem between myself and Matt Fraction. I never totally understood what everyone was saying about his Hawkeye. His Punisher War Journal was pretty not good. Although I really liked his Iron Fist and FF. I know you're all really wondering about the fate of our relationship, me and Mr. Fraction. We'll just have to see....more
This is good comics. The art, the story, the dialogue. It's all working.
It's a little frustrating to read in such small chunks. It goes too fast, andThis is good comics. The art, the story, the dialogue. It's all working.
It's a little frustrating to read in such small chunks. It goes too fast, and the story moves so quickly. It took me a long time to pick up the second volume simply because the first was very good, but I just wasn't sure I would be able to put what all happened back together in my mind and just plain enjoy this one without playing detective.
My fears were unfounded, it turns out. I'm forgetful too, so if that holds you back from time to time, no worries on this one my absent-minded brothers and sisters.
Can I just say something? Something I love about comics?
If a movie, a mainstream movie came out and there was a monster where you saw his giant, sort of diseased-looking ball sack, there's no way that a 12 year-old would be permitted to pick that up. No way in hell.
I'm not promoting the dissemination of this material to children, mind you. Nor do I think that Saga is intended for children. What I'm saying is, as a 12 year-old I would have found that sack gross and hilarious. Because that's what it is. And I can remember, as a youngin, being exposed to things that adults would have considered "too adult" for me, which were exactly the things I was interested in.
When you're at a certain age, or when I was anyway, you want to get into all that adult stuff you're not really supposed to have. You want zippo lighters and to experiment with smoking and to look at pornography. Once you have the lighters and smokes and pornography, that's a whole 'nother story. I didn't know what I was doing with ANY of those things once I got my hands on them. Each item, worse than the last in terms of my knowledge.
It sort of feels like one of those developmental steps. You know how babies just put everything in their mouths because that's how they learn? I had to throw smokebombs into goddamn everything because that's how I learned. Whether I learned much or turned out to be a worthwhile human is a subject of raging debate, mostly between myself and myself. But for better or worse, that was the path.
Anyway, I hope that someone out there is having that experience with Saga. It's a relatively safe way to get a laugh at a gross ball sack.
Geez, I feel like I reduced this comic to one panel. One really awful panel. Ah, well. Plenty of other people reviewed this guy. Read them if you want to hear about topics non-scrotal....more