Book Title/Author: Saga (Volume 4) by Brain K. Vaughan (Writer) & Fiona Staples (Artist)
Publisher/Year: Published December 17th 2014 by Image Comics (first published November 25th 2014)
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comics & Graphic Novels
Series: Compilation of single issues #19-24
The adventure continues, “the young family continues to fight 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)
WARNING: Saga (Volume 4) is not for those who are easily offended.
*See more details in ‘My Thoughts’ below.
Volume 4 follows the hardships Marko and Alana face as they try to establish themselves in Gardenia. The couple’s relationship is at a breaking point, as they struggle to remain attentive to each other’s needs and financial issues add to their stress. Alana has taken up an acting job in the Open Circuit, an underground entertainment program. Marko remains disguised and distant, feeling unfulfilled. Hazel is now a toddler, and a new baby is introduced: Prince Robot IV’s son is born.
Just when I thought that the Saga series was as risky as it could be, Vaughan and Staples surprise me by dealing with heavy-hitting, adult-content themes such as adultery, murder, kidnapping, drug addition, religious beliefs on the creation of the cosmos, and conflict — so much conflict. Saga (Volume 4) is not for those who are easily offended.
In amongst all the conflict, different groups start to cross paths and this makes for some interesting twists and unexpected alliances. This volume was by far my favourite, mainly because it dealt with so many hard-hitting topics, and did it well! I highly recommend Saga if you’re interesting in Comics and Graphic novels. For more details on Saga, check out my reviews of other issues:
- See My Initial Thoughts on Volume 1, I Was Skeptical
- Saga (Volume 2) Got Me Hooked. Click to See How.
- Saga Volume Three Wins for Kick-Ass Leading Ladies!
“Long before I was old enough for “the talk,” Mom told me about sex. She said she’d had lots of it in her life, but married sex was probably her favorite. Still Mom also warned me not to expect fireworks like in the ones in Mister Heist’s romance novels every time. Some nights, even two old friends deciding to get as close as humanly possible could still be worlds apart.”