Saga – Volume 4 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 4 collects the issues 19-24.
Finished on: 25.9.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Marko, Alana, Hazel, Izzy and Klara found shelter on Gardenia, where they have been able to live unrecognized. Alana is working as an actress (masked of course) at the Open Circuit, a big media show. But settled life in hiding isn’t all that easy on them, either. Meanwhile, Prince Robot IV’s son was born, but the Prince remain missing. His son soon becomes a key piece in one man’s revolution against the monarchy.

Saga keeps being such an exciting series, I don’t even know how else to put it other than in superlatives. In this volume things get even harder and there is some heartbreak. But the series remains great.

The cover showing a masked woman in an extravagant costume under spotlights.

Hazel is the narrator and when I reached the page (end of issue 19) where she states “This is the story of how my parents split up”, I audibly gasped and I don’t remember whether I actually said it, but I might have: “OH NO YOU DIDN’T.” I swear, if those two actually break up for real, I’ll probably cry.

This volume is focused on the Robots a lot – and introduces a new player in Dengo. I didn’t find him so much intriguing as the things he causes, the shifts in allegiance were super interesting here.

And how exciting for Sophie and Gwen to meet The Brand, The Will’s sister. I’m looking forward to see where things are headed there. But then again, no matter the subplot, I’m always anxious to see where things are headed next, so I can probably stop pointing that particular bit out.

That I also always love the art won’t be a suprise anymore either, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Just as my excitement about this series isn’t becoming less, either.

Summarizing: this is what comics should be like.

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