I was a bit disappointed by the last two volumes, so I am happy to say I felt this one was back up to the standard I’ve come to expect from this comic!
For one thing, there was some humor again!
For another thing, we got to see what was going on with almost all the characters. Most of the story revolved around Alana, Marko, Hazel, Petrichor, and Sir Robot IV, but there was also a bit about The Will and a bit about Squire, Ghus, Upshor, and Doff.
This volume also moved the story forward much better than the last, and it continued the character arcs at least a little bit.
Also, *SPOILER (about a relationship)* I totally started shipping IV and Petrichor when they started talking after he saved her, so I was super excited when they kissed! And I don’t know, it seems like they would make an oddly good couple. He’s always been kind to her, they seem like they kind of understand each other, and they’re both passionate but I think just want a peaceful life at this point. I’m kind of wondering though, it can’t exactly be that exciting to make out with a TV screen. Can he even feel that? What does he even do during the kiss since he has no lips or tongue or teeth? While we’re on that topic, how does he eat? I need some answers about robot kissing and eating, Saga. Please get on that. *END SPOILER*
Another thing I like about the series in general is how the artwork of the characters is diverse and realistic. Everyone isn’t “perfect” with the same body type and everything. I mean, Alana’s stomach even had some loose skin leftover from her pregnancy. And of course it goes without saying that the artwork is beautiful and clear.
I would also just like to note that IV rocks everything he wears—uniform, pajama pants, a suit… TV head notwithstanding ;-P
If there’s one thing that can be said about Saga though, it’s that it’s a comic that isn’t afraid to delve into tough, heavy, and/or controversial topics. I like that about this series. I do think it was maybe a little heavy-handed this time, but, with the way things have been going in the world, I don’t think I can really hold that against it.
If there one other thing that can be said about Saga, it’s that it is graphic. And this volume was no exception. There was some pretty violent stuff, and a bit of nudity/sex. But again, that’s just the usual.
Overall, I thought this was another great volume in the series that finally moved the story forward and was a lot more upbeat and positive than the previous one!
Fans of Vol. 1-7 in Brian K. Vaughan's Saga series. Graphic novel fans and newbies alike who are looking for something fun and different, who like flawed but lovable characters, and who don't mind images of sex, nudity, and violence.