Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4)
Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. As they visit a strange new world and encounter even more adversaries, baby Hazel finally becomes a toddler, while her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana struggle to stay on their feet.Collecting: Saga 19-24

Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4) Details

TitleSaga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 17th, 2014
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632150776
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Saga, Vol. 4 (Saga, #4) Review

  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Goddamn. This series. It's so good. It has such a density of narrative. Such quality of story.There was a series of four panels that made me burst immediately into tears. Vaughan. What the hell man. How do you keep doing this to me?
  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    I WISH THESE COULD BE LIKE A THOUSAND PAGES LONG
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsWARNING: Potential Spoilers Ahead!You can really see how this family is going through the growing pains in this one. And, once again, Vaughn and Staples create a fantasy world that is so incredibly not fantasy. This volume? This is a real marriage.Can we please fight about it in the morning?Ok, so now that they aren't running for their lives, the mundane existence of taking care of a family sets in...as it does with a lot of marriages.Alana is working full-time as an actress on this sp 4.5 starsWARNING: Potential Spoilers Ahead!You can really see how this family is going through the growing pains in this one. And, once again, Vaughn and Staples create a fantasy world that is so incredibly not fantasy. This volume? This is a real marriage.Can we please fight about it in the morning?Ok, so now that they aren't running for their lives, the mundane existence of taking care of a family sets in...as it does with a lot of marriages.Alana is working full-time as an actress on this space soap opera, and Marko is staying home with Hazel. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage...But they don't tell you what happens after that, do they?Yep. You aren't really married till you've practiced your alibi in the mirror, at least once. Now, at some point, you'll both laugh about how you ran into each other at Home Depot, looked into each other's shopping carts, and saw that you were both buying tarp and duct tape.But till then, you'll go through that rough period known as: Those Couple Of Years We Gutted It Out For The Kids.But when you haven't been married long, and the memories of your glory days are still bright and shiny? Well, those first few knock-down drag-out fights can seem like the end of the world.You're also not married till one of you spends the night somewhere else...or at least storms off with the intention of spending the night somewhere else! Most of the time you just *cough* drive around all angry-like, taking out your frustration by singing off-key to break-up music, and giving the finger to incompetent drivers. Eventually, you end up sitting in a parking lot somewhere, as the realization hits that you don't want to spend the night anywhere else. I mean, that's a real hassle when you think about it, right? Wait. Did our song just come on the radio? *sigh* It must be a sign...And so it goes...I think Vaughn did a spectacular job of showing how each of them fell off the sparkly marriage wagon just a bit.Alana starts taking drugs (recreationally) to help her fight the crushing pressure of being the only breadwinner, while working long hours at a soul-sucking job. She misses her family, but if she doesn't make money, they're gonna starve. So, not a lot of choices for her, but to put her head down and keep going.Ahhhhh. That feels much better...That sort of thing usually ends badly, and Alana is no exception to the rule. After a while, it gets easier and easier to just zone out instead of facing her problems. The lines start to blur, and the next thing you know...Meanwhile, Marko becomes the full-time parent. Which, after having done this myself for well over a decade, I think I can speak with some authority when I say, this is the most rewarding job ever.BUT IT CAN SUCK YOUR WILL TO LIVE.First, you don't get paid for it. And the first person who comments, and says that you get Paid in hugs!, wins an ASSHOLE award. I'm not sure how your electric company works, but mine does not accept HUGS as a form of payment. So. NO PAY.Second, Adult Interaction.<---This is very important.And a huge problem arises when you get stuck on playdates with ratchety parents that you don't like. The flavors usually taste like Annoying-Helicopter, Complains-About-Spouse, Kill-It-With-Fire-Religious-Nut, Sports-Dad, My-Child-Can't-Do-Anything-Wrong, Organic-Only-Momma, Let-Me-Tell-You-About-My-Pitiful-Sex-Life, and the absolute worse...The-Clinger.<---The Clinger assumes you are now best buddies forever, and won't stop texting, calling, and thinking up new and exciting reasons to come over and intrude on what little private time you have left.If you don't have a Clinger in your life? Look in the mirror.You know, just to be sure...However, every now and then you meet someone you really like.And, more importantly, your kids like each other!In Marko's case, he's feeling alone and abandoned. He misses his wife, who's gone all the time, and when she is home? Well, she's acting kind of distant and odd. He's also worried about how to keep his daughter safe, but still give her a full life. And now he's got this cute mom, who seems to understand exactly how he feels, practically throwing herself at him.And that's only half the story.The rest includes a Robot father who's become totally unhinged over the death of his child, Gwen & Sophie searching for a way to cure The Will, a Prince on a mission of revenge, a missing baby, and a very unlikely team-up.At first, I thought this one didn't quite measure up to the previous volumes, but the more I considered it, I realized this one was just different. I'm really enjoying watching all of these characters grow and change! I know I'm the eighty-billionth person to say this, but this is a fantastic title!Get this review and more at:
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    A lot of people who came into my family's life looking like heroes ended up acting more like villains. I wish I could say the opposite was also true, but that was pretty fucking rare. see, this is why goodreads is so great - i wasn't in love with this volume until i read anne's excellent review, where she recontextualized the story into real-world situations that made me appreciate it so much more with her insights and anecdotes. that woman's got a gift for reviewing, man. she should come back a A lot of people who came into my family's life looking like heroes ended up acting more like villains. I wish I could say the opposite was also true, but that was pretty fucking rare. see, this is why goodreads is so great - i wasn't in love with this volume until i read anne's excellent review, where she recontextualized the story into real-world situations that made me appreciate it so much more with her insights and anecdotes. that woman's got a gift for reviewing, man. she should come back and do it more frequently.because, yeah - this time it isn't all fierce action and adventure. this has always been the story of a complicated marriage, but it's usually taken the form of "both of our people want to kill us and the product of our miscegenation and we must flee to the farthest reaches of the galaxy." and here, the problems are more recognizable relationship woes: working late hours, trying to make time for each other, the jealousy of the working-spouse for the caregiver-spouse's closeness with their child, turning to mind-obliterating substances to get through the grind of the day, new friends with romantic agendas - and it's all done really well with some excellent subtle detailing, but man - at first i was dismayed at how "ordinary" the drama was. (although i am still such a fan of the damnable foreshadowing this series is so fond of dropping. this one was dropped and it set off a chain reaction that made my jaw and stomach drop simultaneously)(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]it's a different vibe from the previous books, and there was far too much time spent in robot-ville for me, but it's definitely setting the stage for exciting developments to come. and it's not all rom com themes. there's still zany-fun stuff like this: and this: and if you ever wanted to know what a teevee-headed android's perineum looks like, well, you're in luck: but the WORST thing about this book is this: which is apparently a limited-edition bookplate that was given out at forbidden planet; a comic book store located, like, RIGHT THERE. i wish i'd been reading this series when this was going around because i would have grabbed it like cake. you snooze, you lose, karen!i will leave you with this excellent observation: and seriously - read anne's review. i mean, unless you haven't read the book first, and then - go read the book, silly! thanks for letting me read this, maggie! it was still warm from your tummy!********************************************maggie's trying to help me out in my resolve to not burn through this entire series in a matter of days"if you can't get to it, you can't read it!" can't argue with that...eventually, she moved.review to comecome to my blog!
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The only complaint is that I wanted more Lying Cat, but it is PERFECTION. If you haven't read Saga because "everyone always talks about it, and I want to be the lame hipster who finds fault in pop culture," take a selfie, upload it to Instagram, pick out a complimentary filter, set you iPhone 6+ on your rug from Urban Outfitters, jump over the phone and GET OVER YOURSELF. If you aren't reading Saga you are losing at life.
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  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    January 1, 1970
    I'M SWALLOWING THESE BOOKS FASTER THAN ALANA DOES FADEAWAY DRUGS.And I don't know about you, but if that wasn't just some fantastic character development and maturity for Marko right there, then Mama Sun's a saint sent straight from the heavens. Would have loved to see more of the other characters than we did, but boOOoOoOoy oh boy am I still invested in this story than ever.I'm coming for you, Vol 5!!! No seriously, expect a review to follow in t-minus 2 hours. This shit really is like drugs— t I'M SWALLOWING THESE BOOKS FASTER THAN ALANA DOES FADEAWAY DRUGS.And I don't know about you, but if that wasn't just some fantastic character development and maturity for Marko right there, then Mama Sun's a saint sent straight from the heavens. Would have loved to see more of the other characters than we did, but boOOoOoOoy oh boy am I still invested in this story than ever.I'm coming for you, Vol 5!!! No seriously, expect a review to follow in t-minus 2 hours. This shit really is like drugs— the best frickin' kind of them.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Alright, so this took unexpected turns. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not thrilled either. I wish Alana would stop cursing in front of Hazel, because I really hate when people do that in front of their child and I’m really annoyed about her doing what she did to keep her job and this new character Ginny trying to steal the spotlight. Not my favorite volume, but the graphics are still incredible, the characters and plot are still interesting and it’s normal to have dark moments in life, so I’m ju Alright, so this took unexpected turns. I’m not disappointed, but I’m not thrilled either. I wish Alana would stop cursing in front of Hazel, because I really hate when people do that in front of their child and I’m really annoyed about her doing what she did to keep her job and this new character Ginny trying to steal the spotlight. Not my favorite volume, but the graphics are still incredible, the characters and plot are still interesting and it’s normal to have dark moments in life, so I’m just going to forgive my favorite characters for what they did. Hazel, you precious girl, I love you. ♥
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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    SO GOOD SO GOOD.Especially in this one, every chapter was a freAKING CLIFFHANGER it made me need to keep reading.
  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    This review contains *spoilers*.I loved how close the family was at the beginning. Alana and Marko were so sweet with Hazel.They had this super adorable scene and then this happensThat one sentence made me tear up.I’m so shocked with what went down in this volume. I honestly can’t believe Marko and Alana were split up at the end. I care for the two of them together so,so much. My heart hurts for everything they’re going through. Hazel summed up my feelings pretty well “I guess I’m not sure what This review contains *spoilers*.I loved how close the family was at the beginning. Alana and Marko were so sweet with Hazel.They had this super adorable scene and then this happensThat one sentence made me tear up.I’m so shocked with what went down in this volume. I honestly can’t believe Marko and Alana were split up at the end. I care for the two of them together so,so much. My heart hurts for everything they’re going through. Hazel summed up my feelings pretty well “I guess I’m not sure what to say about that. Words are harder than they used to be.”But I loved that we got to focus a little more on the family part in this story.And I still stand by my point that Gwendolyn is so damn badass.Also are they teaming up now??Because I need Marko and Alana to reunite right now.This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Kemper
    January 1, 1970
    Four volumes and I've given each of them 5 stars.'nuff said.
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this one as much. Alana was bitchy and Marko was all emo. It was kind of funny how Alana had the job in that virtual reality soap opera. But then, (view spoiler)[her getting addicted to drugs sucked all of the humor of it, plus she was miserable, so it wasn't fun to watch (hide spoiler)]. Marko and the lady who gave Hazel dancing lessons.... it just felt like inserted drama. I guess it was to tease you because (view spoiler)[you think Alana and Marko are breaking up and he is going I didn't like this one as much. Alana was bitchy and Marko was all emo. It was kind of funny how Alana had the job in that virtual reality soap opera. But then, (view spoiler)[her getting addicted to drugs sucked all of the humor of it, plus she was miserable, so it wasn't fun to watch (hide spoiler)]. Marko and the lady who gave Hazel dancing lessons.... it just felt like inserted drama. I guess it was to tease you because (view spoiler)[you think Alana and Marko are breaking up and he is going to cheat on her, but it's just that they literally get separated physically at the end. They "split up" literally. Tease! (hide spoiler)]Highlights:- the one Lying Cat scene- I personally found it hilarious how King Robot lookedInstead of "just" having a TV head, he has a HUGE flat screen TV head. I thought it was funny. Heh.I don't know. I hope we can get some action adventure sci-fi instead of drama llama next time?Volume One: ★★★★★Volume Two: ★★★★★Voume Three: ★★★
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  • Megan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    You know, I really cant get over how good this series is. I took maybe a month between reading the first 3 and then this one, and I was so excited to get back into the story. It's simultaneously adorable, creepy, sleazy, and incredible. Each chapter leaves me wanting so much more, and yet is so fulfilling. If you want to know more about what I think of the series, check out my other reviews. Otherwise, I can't recommend this enough. WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM
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  • Petrik
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 StarsBuddy reading this entire series with my favorite Princess CelesteTook me a while but NOW THIS IS GETTING BETTER! Finally! Imo Volume 4 of Saga is the best so far. It's fast paced, the stories are great (it's finally going somewhere), it's more complex and the drawings and characters development improve much further. If the quality of this volume continue to the rest of the series, I can see why Saga received the acclaim it gets.Marko, Hazel, Alana have changing and more complex relat 3.5/5 StarsBuddy reading this entire series with my favorite Princess CelesteTook me a while but NOW THIS IS GETTING BETTER! Finally! Imo Volume 4 of Saga is the best so far. It's fast paced, the stories are great (it's finally going somewhere), it's more complex and the drawings and characters development improve much further. If the quality of this volume continue to the rest of the series, I can see why Saga received the acclaim it gets.Marko, Hazel, Alana have changing and more complex relationship now. However, the best characters goes to Prince Robot IV and The Robot Janitor, without those two I really don't see the plot going anywhere great. Especially The Robot Janitor, his appearance really make the story much more intriguing.I read the entire volume straight within 40 minutes cause it was so addictive. Hopefully this goes the same way for the rest of the series!
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  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE.
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Re-read 4/19/17: Marko is still a stone cold fox tbhOriginal read 2015: Absolutely incredible. Also, Marko is a stone cold fox. Damn
  • Will M.
    January 1, 1970
    This fourth installment was not as perfect as the last one, but it was still fucking amazing.The plot continues to thicken and the characters keep getting better at what they do. While this one started off slow, the pacing improved while nearing the middle. A lot of unexpected things happened plus an annoying cliffhanger in the end. I can't wait to read the next volume to know what's going to happen with (view spoiler)[ Marko and Alana's relationship. (hide spoiler)]. Add the fact that while Haz This fourth installment was not as perfect as the last one, but it was still fucking amazing.The plot continues to thicken and the characters keep getting better at what they do. While this one started off slow, the pacing improved while nearing the middle. A lot of unexpected things happened plus an annoying cliffhanger in the end. I can't wait to read the next volume to know what's going to happen with (view spoiler)[ Marko and Alana's relationship. (hide spoiler)]. Add the fact that while Hazel continues to grow up, she also continues to be a lot more interesting. Vaughan sure knows how to write a great plot.The artwork is consistent since the first volume. Vivid colors and interesting cartoon take on the characters. Not my favorite artwork ever but still really good. My favorite thing of this volume would be the fact that The Stalk and Will appeared in the end. The Stalk and Will are among my favorite characters in Saga. While they don't seem to play a huge role in the plot anymore, I still like reading about them from time to time.4/5 stars. While this will never compare to the amazing volumes 2 and 3, it was still amazing in its own way. Go ahead and read the series if you haven't even tried by now.
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  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    OMG that ending. How is it possible for this series to be so consistently amazing?! Need volume 4 immediately.
  • Lindsey Rey
    January 1, 1970
    The best volume in the series to date! Exciting, action-packed, great character development, and beautiful artwork as always. Simply PERFECTION.
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Love where this story is heading!
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    First off, I wanted to kill this stupid chic thing. I don't even know her name. I looked all over and thought I was losing my mind not remembering her name. All I can say is she's blue, she tries going after Marko and lets just say that little Hazel said it best in the book Her is ugly I had to get that out so now we can move on :-D Oh yeah, her name is Ginny! Who cares! So it starts out with Prince tv heads wife has a son while he is off in the twilight zone. <---Read book 3. Said baby gets First off, I wanted to kill this stupid chic thing. I don't even know her name. I looked all over and thought I was losing my mind not remembering her name. All I can say is she's blue, she tries going after Marko and lets just say that little Hazel said it best in the book Her is ugly I had to get that out so now we can move on :-D Oh yeah, her name is Ginny! Who cares! So it starts out with Prince tv heads wife has a son while he is off in the twilight zone. <---Read book 3. Said baby gets stolen by another tv head for a certain cray cray reason. Well, maybe it's not too crazy. I mean he had a point about his kids, but I digress. Meanwhile, Marko, Alana, Hazel, Klara and Izabel are all hiding out. Well mostly Alana, Marko and Hazel since they go out in public. Alana is a cool star in a tv show and gets to play dress up and beat up bad guys and stuff. And her and Marko are having some issues. But they make up when it comes to Hazel and I think they are still in love, just tough times with all that going on right? Marko puts on some disguise that's not really a disguise to me, but whatever works :-DThe prince tv head gets some of his senses back and is told about his son being stolen so he's on a mission. While said person that stole his son is out on his mission and killing people, er, things left and right. Oh yeah and I forgot to mention that Hazel has a new pet named Friendo :-) Anyhoo, some stuff happens I can't tell you about and the ending is super awesome! Some of the other peeps from the books are in it for a little bit and some new people. And I leave you with the above crazy image. I'm not going to tell you what was going on in this picture but it's probably not what your thinking. lol MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY MOTHER OF GOD.
  • Trudi
    January 1, 1970
    My fangirl timeline:First there was Scully and Mulder (the truth is out there).Then came Sam and Dean Winchester (saving people, hunting things, the family business).Recently there's been Elizabeth and Philip (Married Russian spies not to be confused with Royals)Now keeping company with all of these is Alana and Marko. Star-crossed lovers from the warring planets of Wreath and Landfall. Horns and wings aside, their love is universal and instantly recognizable. All they want is peace, to be left My fangirl timeline:First there was Scully and Mulder (the truth is out there).Then came Sam and Dean Winchester (saving people, hunting things, the family business).Recently there's been Elizabeth and Philip (Married Russian spies not to be confused with Royals)Now keeping company with all of these is Alana and Marko. Star-crossed lovers from the warring planets of Wreath and Landfall. Horns and wings aside, their love is universal and instantly recognizable. All they want is peace, to be left alone to raise their precious daughter. But their enemies are many and threats lurk around every corner, from the seemingly innocent ballet teacher to Alana's Open Circuit coworker with her infinite supply of drugs. Then there are the mercenaries, Robot insurgents, and interplanetary revolutionaries who want to make the denizens of Wreath and Landfall pay for unleashing such a brutal and unceasing bloody war upon them all.So much love for this series it's turned me into bonafide fangirl stupid. Re-read Feb 22, 2016
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Re-Read 5/14/18:So I'm revising this down to four stars. Why? Because it is, conceivably, the weakest of all the volumes. It's not that it's bad, but that so many crappy things happen... or are caused by... the characters I love the most.Too much whining, too much indulgence, and just when they're both acting the most selfishly, FATE has to intervene. So. Crap. This is the downturn. This is the start of a tragedy that, fortunately, is not forever. Things GET BETTER. *Sob* But first, sometimes, a Re-Read 5/14/18:So I'm revising this down to four stars. Why? Because it is, conceivably, the weakest of all the volumes. It's not that it's bad, but that so many crappy things happen... or are caused by... the characters I love the most.Too much whining, too much indulgence, and just when they're both acting the most selfishly, FATE has to intervene. So. Crap. This is the downturn. This is the start of a tragedy that, fortunately, is not forever. Things GET BETTER. *Sob* But first, sometimes, an alien has to hit bottom first.Original Review:NOOOOO...I'm gonna kill the person who created serials. Seriously. I'm gonna clone the shit out of him or her and then kill em. This ending is so completely unfair now that I'm this freaking hooked.
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  • Elisabeth
    January 1, 1970
    So good! I need the next one, now!!
  • Sarah Churchill
    January 1, 1970
    My favourite of the series so far. I forget how much I love the writing when I'm waiting for the next volume and then I'm like a kid at Christmas when I get my hands on it. Love.
  • Grecia Robles
    January 1, 1970
    PopSugar 2018: 35. Un libro que haya ganado el Goodreads Choice Awards Este volumen ha sido desgarrador, desolador😭😢¿Escuchan eso? Es mi corazón rompiéndose ➡💔No todo es miel sobre hojuelas en el matrimonio de Alana y Marko están enfrentado una crisis como pareja, distanciados en parte por el nuevo trabajo de Alana como actriz y no ha tenido tanto tiempo para su familia.Por otra lado Marko se ha dedicado a cuidar a Hazel y la ha metido a clases de baile y la profesora azul morada whatever, est PopSugar 2018: 35. Un libro que haya ganado el Goodreads Choice Awards Este volumen ha sido desgarrador, desolador😭😢¿Escuchan eso? Es mi corazón rompiéndose ➡💔No todo es miel sobre hojuelas en el matrimonio de Alana y Marko están enfrentado una crisis como pareja, distanciados en parte por el nuevo trabajo de Alana como actriz y no ha tenido tanto tiempo para su familia.Por otra lado Marko se ha dedicado a cuidar a Hazel y la ha metido a clases de baile y la profesora azul morada whatever, está muy ofrecidita con mi Marko y casi me da algo cuando pensé que por la crisis en su matrimonio él iba a caer estuvo asi de NO MARKO NO LO HAGAAAAS!!!!Y en el mini planeta de los robots hay un enemigo dentro y está conspirando para derribar el reino porque cree que le han quitado todo y ha atentado con la familia del Prince Robot IV y secuestrado a su hijo Hay giros inesperados, nuevas alianzas que OH MY GOOOOD!!! Esto se está poniendo bueno esta imagen es la mejor de todo este volumen.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Vol. 1 ★★★★Vol. 2 ★★★★Vol. 3 ★★★★★Honestly, I had to read something I knew I loved after watching The Walking Dead premiere last night. It's too bad that this volume decided to kick me more in the feels than that heartbreaking episode, but I digress. This volume really highlights the struggle of "non-practical" house dynamics. Alana is now a working mother, and Marko is now a stay-at-home dad. The resentment from both sides is really hurting their relationship and it was really hard to see/read Vol. 1 ★★★★Vol. 2 ★★★★Vol. 3 ★★★★★Honestly, I had to read something I knew I loved after watching The Walking Dead premiere last night. It's too bad that this volume decided to kick me more in the feels than that heartbreaking episode, but I digress. This volume really highlights the struggle of "non-practical" house dynamics. Alana is now a working mother, and Marko is now a stay-at-home dad. The resentment from both sides is really hurting their relationship and it was really hard to see/read about. Seeing Hazel narrate the events is even more painful. Hazel is such an amazing character, and she's only going through toddlerhood. Every panel with her made me feel so many emotions. Brian K. Vaughan is seriously a genius for creating Hazel, and his voice in Saga truly makes this series one of the best comics ever made. Also, I'm sort of loving Prince Robot IV now, so... I have to give the man credit for that, too. I haven't hated and then loved a character for a very long time. Especially with such little time to do so in comics. I love seeing all the different parts of this intricate story come together. I think the finale is going to be something amazing and beyond words.I'm now going to break down each chapter in this bind up. There will be SPOILERS, so please use caution in continuing if you have not read this graphic-novel, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, or Vol. 3! CHAPTER NINETEEN: Prince Robot IV's son is born in the Robot Kingdom, but Prince Robot IV is still missing. Marko, Alana, Hazel, Klara, and Izabel are on a new planet named Gardenia, where Alana is living out one of her dreams of being an actress on the Open Circuit. Because of this job, we see the first signs of Alana and Marko's relationship being in a not so great spot. CHAPTER TWENTY: Prince Robot IV is alive, and is in the brothel that the Will saved Sophie from. We meet Yuma, who works with Alana and is a drug dealer. Alana takes some of the drug Fadeaway, and soon becomes addicted. Marko is becoming friends with Hazel's dance teacher, Ginny, and we see more foreshadowing on how Marko and Alana's relationship is at a low point. Dengo, a robot janitor, kills Princess Robot and takes their newborn son. He talks about his son's death, wanting retribution, and it really hit home for me, because his son died from drinking bad water, from a city no one cares about, without any health insurance to heal his son. I'm from Flint, Michigan, so that parallel to Dengo's pain really resonates with me, and is very important to me. CHAPTER TWENTY ONE: This is the chapter where we really see the struggle of Marko being a stay at home dad, while Alana is the major breadwinner of the family. Alana is taking more Fadeaway to escape her problems, but it isn't working. We learn Gwen is still missing. CHAPTER TWENTY TWO: Alana is becoming more and more addicted to the Fadeaway drug, all while Ginny is hanging out more and more with Marko. They have a huge fight, and it looks inconsolable. We meet Prince Robot IV's dad, King Robot, and he's a big jerk. Dengo comes to the Open Circuit so he can broadcast a message to the masses, but ends up shooting a lot of Alana's coworkers. CHAPTER TWENTY THREE: After Alana and Marko's fight, Marko goes to Ginny's house. I was honestly going to scream if anything happened. But after seeing a toy Hazel left behind, Marko leaves to bring it back to her. Dengo is still trying to broadcast his message, but Yuma, before being shot, tells Dengo about Hazel. Izabel, the ghost babysitter, talks about her ex-girlfriend, how she died, and how important love is. Honestly, this chapter had some of my favorite panels, ever. Marko arrives at the ship, right when it is taking off - with Dengo inside. Prince Robot IV finally shows up and sees Yuma and Marko, who is now separated from his family. CHAPTER TWENTY FOUR: The Will's sister, The Brand, is interviewing the adorable Gus, from the previous installments, about the walrus he trades to Hazel and her family, Friendo. Sophie, Gwen, and Lying Cat are looking for a formula to save the Will's life. They all find out that Gus is able to track Friendo, so they will be able to find Hazel, Alana, Klara, and Izabel, too. We then find out that Marko is working with Prince Robot IV and Yuma to get their families back. I love this world, these planets, and these characters. Saga has the reputation for being the best comic series out there for a reason. It truly is at a tier above the rest, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself once I finish the last installment. I love these characters too much to let them go. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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  • Sushi
    January 1, 1970
    Well, hellooo Gwendolyn. I think I'll forever be in awe that somebody actually drew you into existence. The Lying cat is turning out to be one of my favorite characters from this series. Loyal pets that end up saving the day always make for the best characters. I still don't give a damn about Alana and Marko and their boring issues, but I really like the Grandma and how Ghus has entered the picture. After all the bloodshed and things you can't unsee because it's all so graphic, the cuteness fact Well, hellooo Gwendolyn. I think I'll forever be in awe that somebody actually drew you into existence. The Lying cat is turning out to be one of my favorite characters from this series. Loyal pets that end up saving the day always make for the best characters. I still don't give a damn about Alana and Marko and their boring issues, but I really like the Grandma and how Ghus has entered the picture. After all the bloodshed and things you can't unsee because it's all so graphic, the cuteness factor Ghus provides is almost mandatory.The one thing that I can't get used to though is how everything just happens all at once and it's over before I can even realize that something actually happened. You know there's something wrong when you start enjoying the illustrations more than the actual story-line. I guess that's just the way of all comic books, but I need more than just amusement for a couple of seconds to be truly satisfied with what I'm reading.
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  • Abbie (boneseasonofglass)
    January 1, 1970
    How is this series so addictive? I just read the whole thing in one go, it's so good! I'm kinda sad though because I'm not sure when i'll get to read anymore of the series :( My library only has up to #4 and they're too expensive to buy. I resent spending like £9/10 when i'll read it in about 2 hours haha
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  • Algernon
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, I waited six months for the new Saga trade and finished it in a couple of hours. Just as I got up to date with the story and thrilled to be back in the universe created by Vaughan and Staple, I am left hanging from the cliff by my fingernails, or better yet, twiddling my thumbs and looking for another comic to read until the next six-pack comes along. I remember reading Y - The Last Man in a similar rush, but I had the advantage of coming to the comic after it was finished, and had Once again, I waited six months for the new Saga trade and finished it in a couple of hours. Just as I got up to date with the story and thrilled to be back in the universe created by Vaughan and Staple, I am left hanging from the cliff by my fingernails, or better yet, twiddling my thumbs and looking for another comic to read until the next six-pack comes along. I remember reading Y - The Last Man in a similar rush, but I had the advantage of coming to the comic after it was finished, and had no problems following the plot and identifying the characters. With my feeble memory skills, six months is a bit long to be put on hold, and Vaughan storytelling style, with minimalist character background and development beside the major three (Alana, Marko and Hazel) is not making things easier. The reader is supposed to figure the plot out from fragmented and incomplete information. Usually, by book six of each arc, most of these plot holes are revealed, but new ones are introduced to build up interest for the next installment. There are also new characters to get acquainted with in each new six-pack, who may or may not play an important role later on.All these grumbles can be resumed into a wish to have all the story already published and then maybe I could give Saga the whole 5 stars it deserves. Until this happens, the major point of attraction for me remains the artwork of Fiona Staples, beautifully seconded by the colorist. I am also interested in the way Vaughan constructs a space opera but remains focused on a finite number of characters, and on family drama instead of flashy orbital battles. There is a strong anti-war flavour to his writing, which I admire, and some social commentary (like the effects on drug abuse on family dynamics, or the use of sex in popular entertainment). I do wish Vaughan would tone down the gratuitous swearing, but this is his story, not mine.I don’t really know if it is useful to try my hand at a synopsis for album no. 4, since for me it is a bridge section, middle of the series installment. Alana and Marko, after their long (three books) running away from the secret services of their respective governments who view them as traitors for fraternizing with the enemy, have been holed down on a fringe planet. Here, their mixed race daughter Hazel has been growing up. I guess she’s about three in this story arc. Alana is forced to work as an actress in a pay-per-view theatre in order to provide for her family, a stressful job with little satisfactions. She starts using drugs to help her slog through her weary days. Marko is a stay-at-home dad, forced to always wear a mask to hide his identity. He gets involved with a single mother he meets in the plaground. Hazel is supervised mostly by her ghostly babysitter and by her grandmother, while the parents are drifting apart without even noticing the cracks in their relationship.A parallel story follows the developments in the Robot Kingdom, where Prince IV is holed up in a space bordello, while his wife gives birth to his son and heir. Social inequality in the kingdom, and some personal grief, pushes one of his subjects to attack the palace and to kidnap the young robot heir. The two stories will probably intersect and bring to the fifth album a more action oriented plot. Some side characters from the previous albums also have guest appearances, mostly bounty hunters and their pets.The ending is a cliffhanger, as I already mentioned, a deliberate (and succesful as far as I am concerned) move to make the reader eager to find out what will happen in the next book.
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