I’m running out of things to say about Saga at this point. It’s just so consistently good every issue, and I can’t just keep on banging the drum about how effectively BKV juxtaposes crazy science fiction concepts and realistic human relationships. It’s repetitive for me and for you, my dear readers. Basically, this issue is just as good as all the others, and the various subplots move along very nicely indeed, so I’ll recap ‘em and give some thoughts.
The Tabloid Journalists meet up with one of Prince Robot IV’s family members (who is kind of a bitch, but also a bad-ass) and ask her about Alana, who served under her in the army. We find out a bit more Alana back-story, and then one of the journalists is hit by a sniper. I liked how he wasn’t angry at being shot, he was actually pleased, because it would help him win awards, and was there a little hint of these two journalists being lovers? Interesting. Countess Robot X takes out the sniper by fucking nuking the building they shot from, and that just shows how hardcore this war is.
Back on Quietus, Marko is actually getting out of his depression, as the family and Heist start playing a boardgame, Nun Tuj Nun, which looks like a hell of a lot of fun. Of course, fun in this book is pretty shortlived, as an argument soon breaks out over what Marko and Alana are supposed to do with their future, they can’t stay with Heist forever, and they don’t want to raise Hazel in a space-ship, but they can’t get jobs as being seen in public together would be a death sentence, so what can they do? Alana storms off, angry and being told what she should do as a mother and wife, and when Marko goes to calm her down, she once again tries to deflect the argument with sex, and tries to suck his dick. This scene was funny, but I think the forthrightness of sex in this book is getting a little old at times, yes, these people like to fuck, and there’s some point about not slut-shaming or something (whatever ‘sex-positive’ comics are, this is one of ‘em) in there, but it just makes Alana seem like a weirdo. Oh no, I’ll probably be accused of sexism after saying that, it just felt weird, but I suppose, Marko did realise it was weird, and he stops her. They do kind of resolve the argument about their future, and up in the Lighthouse, Heist reveals that there are some industries that Alana and Marko can work in. Oh, and Marko does get his blowjob after all, hooray!
The most interesting plot involved The Will, as he finally gets his ship fixed and decides to ignore his vision of The Stalk and go after Marko and Alana with Gwendolyn. Slave Girl/Sophie gets a bit more focus here, as she wanders off and has a vision of her own… of her mother. Then, Vaughan reveals a hell of a twist, this whole planet that they’ve been crash-landed on is full of a parasite called ‘Heroine’ that’s in all of the animals and plants (so, the food) that tries to trick people into staying put and joining the eco system. The space-ship repairmen got it, and that’s what’s behind The Will’s vision of The Stalk, and why she’s tried to talk him out of leaving. The issue ends with Sophie stabbing The Will in the neck under the influence of Heroine, and man, it’s a great ending. I’m sure that The Will will survive (he and his shitty cat are probably the most popular characters in this book), but it was a great surprise, and explains a lot about the last few issues. This book never does what you’d expect it too, and that’s brilliant.
Just as I run the risk of repeating myself about Vaughan’s story, the same applies to Fiona Staples’ brilliant artwork, which is just so consistently good. I loved Fox-Man who helped fix The Will’s ship, and basically everything looked great, the fact that she pencils and colours this book makes it even more impressive. The cover was also great, a cool homage to Romance Novel covers that’s just a great fit for this book and it’s audience.
So yeah, Saga is still fucking good, no shit Sherlock, what a surprise.