Book Title/Author: Saga (Volume 3) by Brain K. Vaughan (Writer) & Fiona Staples (Artist)
Publisher/Year: Published March 25th 2014 by Image Comics (first published March 19th 2014)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Series: Compilation of single issues #13-18
“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” (Back Synopsis)
Volume 3 introduces some more new faces, adding to the suspense and growth of the story. In this volume we meet: journalists, Upsher and Doff, as they pursue their own investigation of Alana and Marko; The Brand, a mysterious free-lancer; and Countess Robot X, a member of the Robot Kingdom and was Alana’s first commanding officer. We also get to learn more about Alana’s favourite author, D. Oswald Heist.
This collection also lets readers know a bit more about Alana’s past, not in as much detail as Marko’s in Volume 2, but we start to understand Alana’s character better. This volume is just as action-packed as Volume 2.
I am hooked and cannot wait to get my hands on Volume 4! Saga packs a punch and this volume is just as action-packed as Volume 2.
What I love about this collection are the strong female characters! Ladies who are confident, strong, and defending themselves or those they care about. If there was a theme in this volume it would be: Don’t underestimate a lady scorned, females can be dangerous.
Saga is worth the hype. It’s epic in scope and characters, brimming with its own brand of sarcasm and hilarity. The characters are memorable and you’ll find yourself gladly rereading parts of previous issues because you can’t get enough.
“All good children’s stories are the same: young creature breaks rules, has incredible adventure, then returns home with the knowledge that aforementioned rules are there for a reason. Of course, the actual message to the careful reader is: break rules as often as you can, because who the hell doesn’t want to have an adventure?”
“Some parents let their young kids win at games, but mine never did. I don’t think it was because they were particularly competitive, they just wanted to teach me a valuable lesson. Life is mostly just learning how to lose.”
“There are only three forms of high art: the symphony, the illustrated children’s book and the board game.”
“But nothing warps time quite like childhood”