The fifth volume of Saga, the Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples comic book epic, brings some of its ongoing quest plot lines to a close. While it does a nice job of setting up conflicts to come, this segment of the story feels like a little bit of a pause before some of the bigger action in the story hits.
As they have been doing for some time, Gwendolyn and Sophie, with the help of the Brand, continue their quest to find a cure for their friend the Will. This time they end up on a strange half-planet populated by dragons (which in this case are sort of like oversized Komodo Dragons rather than Medieval fantasy dragons), and they need to get the seed of one of the males. The plot line here does in fact end with a certain amount of success, closing the quest for the Will’s cure, but of course there are sacrifices along the way.
Prince Robot and Marko continue their uneasy alliance in search of their kidnapped children. In this arc the story delves more into Marko’s background, his history of violence, and his struggle to reconcile that with his vow of non-violence and the task at hand of finding his daughter. This is another slow questing line that focuses mostly on the development of Marko and to a certain extent Prince Robot IV.
Alana, Klara, and Hazel are still the captives of Dengo, the renegade robot who has kidnapped them and Prince Robot’s baby. This last arc is the most interesting of the three, as Dengo tries to negotiate a treaty with a group known as The Last Revolution. He hopes to end the war by allying with them, but the more he works with them the more he fears he has made the wrong decision. All of his well laid plans begin to go spinning out of control, and he has to decide how he is going to tackle the situation.
As I mentioned in the opening, this volume of the story feels a little slower than some of the others. That isn’t to say that it’s lacking in action, but I think some of the tension is cooled off by the fact that we’re seeing the end of some plot lines rather than the opening. Of course, the story does end on several cliffhangers, and the end of these threads is the beginning of some new ones.
Saga continues to deliver an incredibly high quality and engaging tale, and I can certainly say that I am far from bored by the way the story is developing. If you haven’t started the series yet, you certainly should, and if you’ve been keeping up, then you will definitely want to continue with this volume.
Here’s a link to an interview with Brian K. Vaughan about Saga: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=57233