(Article may include SPOILERS from Saga)
In the What's Next? series of articles, we'll be looking at what readers can expect to see next from their favorite books after a major story arc has concluded.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Eisner Award-winning epic “Saga” returns to shelves this week to begin its fourth story arc with issue #19. Lots of insane developments happened before the interstellar opera took its lengthy hiatus so what can we expect to see next?
When we last left our heroes, they had just escaped a sticky situation involving their pursuer Prince Robot IV. Tragically they did not make it out unscathed, as the novelist D. Oswald Heist had to sacrifice his life for Alana, Marko and Klara to escape the planet with Hazel. Meanwhile, after a brief crossing of paths with Marko’s group, Gwendolyn has taken The Will to a hospital referred to her by Alana. They meet The Brand, who turns out to be The Will’s sister!
Even weirder new characters
“Saga” has never shied away from controversial content. Vaughan and Staples have gone to such incredible lengths of adult content that certain issues were removed from Apple’s app store. We’ve seen gigantic giants with enormous family jewels, homosexual images on walking television screens, and a variety of even stranger fantasy situations. This essentially is what makes “Saga” so enjoyable and exciting. You really don’t know what you’ll read next.
A bigger badder new antagonist
Prince Robot IV has served as the main antagonist throughout the first three arcs of the series, with The Will and other freelancers providing the role of secondary antagonists. After spending some issues with both of these characters, we as readers have come to identify with these pursuers and understand their stance on the situation we’ve seen unfold. Neither of them by any means should be considered “villains.”
There could very well be a more prolific antagonist pulling the strings in a political war. An Emperor Palpatine to Prince Robot IV’s Darth Vader. We were introduced to The Brand in issue 17 as she poisoned the reporters Upsher and Doff for getting too close to the truth behind Alana and Marko’s story. Special Agent Gale is the employer of all freelancers. Could he be working for Prince Robot IV’s father, The King of the Robot Kingdom?
No one is safe from death
As with many creator-owned comic books, no character is safe from getting the axe. We’ve already witnessed two touching sacrifices in the brief run the series has had. Marko's father Barr and Heist both heroically sacrificed their lives to protect the ones they love.
The Will’s girlfriend, The Stalk also perished by the hands of Prince Robot IV. The Will himself is currently gravely injured, though it looks as if he’ll pull through his brush with death. One thing is for sure, no one is safe. If a death is required to reasonably progress a story, leave it to Brian K. Vaughan. He is a master at crafting narratives through the relationships between his characters.
One big fellowship?
Will we see a fellowship of the um… tree ship? We had a glimpse of it as Alana and Marko’s group, Prince Robot IV and The Will’s group were all at the same place at the same time in issue #17. They have unresolved issues between one another as Prince Robot IV has killed The Will’s former lover The Stalk and Gwendolyn originally set off to pursue her runaway fiancé Marko. But could we potentially see all of them united and with a common goal one day?
An epic adventure only goes as far as it's party of heroes. “The Lord of the Rings” and “Star Wars” are so beloved because of the cast of misfits that banded together in an untimely fashion to save the world. “Saga” has the makings of that in place.
How great of a scene would it be to see Alana, Marko, Hazel and dead babysitter Izabel share a tree ship with the sex-slave girl Sophie and her guardians The Will and Gwendolyn? Oh and we can’t forget Lying Cat. She’s the one who keeps everyone together!
The Saga keeps rolling
One thing is for sure, it doesn’t get any weirder or better than “Saga.” If you aren’t reading it, you really should be as this series continues to defy every logic sci-fi adventure stories should hold.
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