Excel Saga

 EXCS   (Viz, 2003-2014)

™ and © 1997 Rikido Koshi
Right to left Japanese format; b&w

Excel stars as the hyperactive, air–headed, and massively destructive/accident prone protagonist. She’s a walking disaster incorrigibly in love and devoted to carrying out the orders of the unfortunately named Lord Il Palazzo, leader of the evil alien syndicate ACROSS—aka The Organization for the Promotion of the Institutionalization of the (Supreme Ideology) Ideal (On Earth)—an interstellar agent whose goal, literally, is to subvert the city of Tokyo from a secret base hidden underground.

Blithely delusional but whole–heartedly enthusiastic, Excel is sent on mission after ill–conceived mission for her beloved Il Palazoo; never quite succeeding in her objective but always escaping the dangers of her situation/enemies. By day she works in a string of odd–jobs (an agent of ACROSS has to earn her own living expenses) while in secret she continues to strive for the fulfillment of Il Palazzo’s goal of city conquest. More often than not, though, Excel ends up completely botching mission and job, which generally results in massive explosions, destruction, and the untimely death of her co–workers. As creator Rikido himself states: “It’s a mystery how someone as incompetent as her got to be the protagonist.”

Excel’s joined in her fruitless endeavors by the anemic Hyatt, an eternally wilting parody of the “tragic heroine,” who literally lives on the cusp of death—dying and reviving periodically throughout the series—as well as a hapless stray dog named Mince, who Excel adopts and names for its edibility—but strictly reserves for emergency rations. Filled with senseless violence, characters, and completely random dialogue, Excel Saga is surprisingly amusing despite its hare–brained premise. Acerbically self-aware, Rikido dispenses entirely with any pretenses of explanations (like why the aliens wish to invade Earth—why bother? it’s hardly important to this haphazard series). Instead, readers are dropped straight into the non–stop action, at a pace as frenetic as Excel, and left to puzzle out their own conclusions for why.

— Shiaw-Ling Lai

Jump to issue:
  NotesWriterArtist

#1

  7/1/2003
  $9.95
  $5.00
1 copy available for $4.97
1st appearance of Excel; 1st appearance of Il Palazzo; 1st appearance of MenchiRikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#2

  10/1/2003
  $9.95
  $5.00
1 copy available for $4.97
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#3

  8/1/2003
  $9.95
  $5.00
1 copy available for $4.97
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#4

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#5

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#6

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#7

  7/1/2004
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#8

  8/1/2004
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#9

  10/1/2004
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#10

  12/1/2004
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#11

  2/1/2005
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#12

 
  $9.95
  $10.00
No copies available
ca. 2005Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#13

  7/1/2005
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#14

  4/1/2006
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#15

  5/1/2006
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#16

  6/1/2006
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#17

  7/1/2006
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#18

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
ca. 2008Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#19

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
ca. 2009Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#20

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#21

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#22

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#23

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#24

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#25

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#26

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi

#27

 
  $9.99
  $9.99
No copies available
 Rikido KoshiRikido Koshi