Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Published on March 25, 2014 by Image Comics
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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From the Hugo Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man) and Fiona Staples (North 40, Red Sonja), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple's multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.
The story continues. . . and I’m starting to have my doubts about the potential for a happy ending. Alana and Marko are still on the run with their daughter and Marko’s mother in tow. Of course there’s going to be some action and definitely a good bit of violence before this volume can end but I feel a shift coming on.
In this installment, I started noting the way Hazel (Alana and Marko’s daughter) talked about her parents and their adventures. At first, her narration took on a more humorous tone but lately it feels like her parents aren’t going to make it to the end of this story. Which part of me hopes that isn’t true but the way this series tends to kill characters at random doesn’t encourage trust.
But then again, there’s hints that Alana is a spy in this volume and this entire adventure so far is her way of collecting info on the enemy. I mean, if they’re going to go for a plot twist, that would be a good one and perhaps her death wouldn’t be so bad. . . we shall see. Honestly, though, this little tidbit was the only reason that I didn’t skip over the scenes with the reporters because they were otherwise useless.
Some good things: Lying Cat and Sophie (formerly Slave Girl). They’re adorable. Enough said. The illustrations, as always, were fantastic. Gwendolyn on her own is cool (but didn’t need the weird romance subplot). Also loved how much time they spent talking about books in a book, though I think it went on too long as the story didn’t go anywhere in the meantime.
I enjoyed Volume 3 but I wouldn’t say it blew me away. Not as great as the previous two but definitely worth picking up if you plan to continue the series!