Book four of the epic series Saga ended with Marko and Alana separated from each other by a violent madman and an inconveniently-timed fight.
Now Alana works to keep her daughter by her side while Marko and an unlikely team of allies work to find them.
Brian K Vaughan’s script continues to work very well as it expands the series in a manner fitting for its epic setting. The backdrop of the war is brought back, showing how the never-ending conflict between Wreath and Landfall continues to cause unending havoc everywhere but on the two worlds where the fighting started. Disgruntled robot janitor Dengo has summoned an angry terrorist group made up of survivors of various atrocities committed by both sides of the conflict out of a sense of misplaced idealism, while Marko himself flashes back to moments in his life that show where his strictly avowed pacifism comes from. On her end, Alana is working her hardest to keep her daughter Hazel and angry mother-in-law alive and together.
Marko, on his end, has assembled a motley crew to find his wife and daughter in the form of Prince Robot IV (whose one son is also among the missing), Ghus the small seal man, and Yuma, Alana’s old drug dealer. And as they search for their missing children, another group of women and animal sidekicks search for something that might bring the Will out of his coma.
I really like Saga, so it didn’t surprise me that I liked this book as well. Sure, there’s a male dragon doing something to itself that isn’t for kids, but this isn’t a kids series. Vaughan and his collaborator, artist Fiona Staples, continue to put out a series that combines just about every genre trope imaginable with a deep characterization. Some characters find each other by the end of the book. Others are in for even more problems in the future. Nine out of ten angry freelancers.