The long game begins to pay off as Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples bring their great characters together.
By its usual standards, Sagaís latest arc has been a relatively quiet affair, with Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples playing the long game in gently nudging their many freewheeling threads back together. Issue #35 doesnít do much to veer from that formula, but it does offer its first results. Said events change the various status quos to certain and often dangerous degrees, ensuring that the arcís upcoming finale will be one with plenty at stake.
Much like last issue, issue #35 is split threefold between Hazel, Marko and Alana, and The Will. At this point weíve a clear idea how these three stories will eventually intersect, but that doesnít stop writer Vaughan from adding further wrinkles to the unfolding narrative. Rather than force each thread in, writer Vaughan continues to push them out, giving each their own sense of urgency as the three groups continue to work towards their own means. Itís a heck of a juggling act, yet in Vaughanís hands the pacing never feels off. His strong characterization again drives the read, as each and every action for the most part feels valid and earned. From Hazelís plans of escape to Marko and Alanaís equally gripping plan to break in, thereís a wonderful synergy to the read that ensures that the sense of drama never dips.
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