Title: Saga, Volume 3
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Format: Collected Comics Paperback
You know what I love? Volume 1: three stars. Volume 2: four stars. Volume 3: five stars. Saga started off a little shaky but good, then decided to up and run with it, getting better by the second. I actually love the protagonists now, and the side characters? They've come even further. Volume 3 managed to hit my heartstrings harder than any other so far.
And it didn't even seem like it was trying.
The protagonists have managed to get some real characterization at this point, besides struggling couple running from everyone. You end up seeing them in very real situations and fuck, they are anything but perfect. There are facets to their personality that are more than quirks thrown in their simply to try and make them look like they have depth.
And as far as I can tell, the theme is moving towards doing the best fucking job parenting you can do in the hardest of times. We have folks who were born in and lived through nothing but war. We have bounty hunters who do nothing but hunt people down. And yet, here they are, trying to protect and raise a child.
Normally, I don't get touched by plots involving children because they're always over-the-top and there are attempts to be perfect. But no, what Saga is really, really good about it showing that people can be good (or bad) and still be fallible because people are fucking fallible. No one is right and good and perfect. Everyone's just trying to do what they know best.
There's a subplot this time, involving tabloid journalists that also deals with this. They need to figure out how to do what they need to, while not rankling too many feathers. They're obviously portrayed as annoying, but they're used (in the writing device sense) in ways that are fabulous, turning over stones that might not otherwise be able to participate in the narrative.
Anyway. I have volume 4 now. I'm gonna read it.