This is both a strength and a weakness, Saga runs in 6-issue arcs, then takes an extended break while Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples recharge and get ahead again. I’m glad that these arcs come out regularly, but in the intervening time, you kind of forget that Saga even exists.
That’s what I’ve done more often than not, I simply lose interest and lose track of what’s come before and when a new issue comes out, although I want to get to it, it simply falls to the bottom of my pile. I usually just wait until the entire arc is finished, read it straight through, do my review, and forget all about it again. I’m sure this harms the readership of the book, at least to a certain degree.
Regardless, it’s that time again, for me to take a look at an arc of Saga. Let’s dive into issues #19-24.
At the end of the previous arc, Vaughn took a jump in time. Now, baby Hazel is a toddler and Vaughn starts off much slower in his storytelling. We see Marko and Alana trying to be committed parents while on the run from the Robot Kingdom. This places increasing strain on their relationship and it can’t be long until something has to break. Plus, we get a little more in the tale of The Will, Gwendolyn and Sophie, although that really feels like filler at the end.
Honestly, this is such a good comic and it is a shame that I, and I assume most readers, simply forget all about it because the amount of time it takes between arcs is so long. This is one of the bad parts about ongoing comics, you either have to keep coming out or you risk losing interest. I’d much rather see Saga be done in self-contained 6-issue mini-series, where you get a complete story in a couple of months and then you get another one 6 months or more later. You don’t have to remember what happened last time, and frankly I don’t. I just think that would be a superior way of handling the series if they’re going to be taking these huge breaks.
The art, as always, is amazing and the story is engrossing, but even though you get the big “to be continued” at the end of the arc, I’ve gotten to the point where I know I can’t look forward to another book next month so it doesn’t have much impact on me. It’ll be back. Someday. And I’ll care when it does, I’ll get excited to read through another 6 issues, then I’ll forget all about it again.