In the conclusion to this story, Gwendolyn is on a rampage and wants to help The Will, but she still has a bone to pick with her ex, Marko. Meanwhile, Izabel enlists the help of Prince Robot IV to help keep Klara alive.
This was a very satisfying conclusion to a story that’s been building up for months. The first 18 issues really feel like their own story, and while 18 issues is an incredibly long story, it really works extremely well as a whole. Brian K Vaughan has a lot to wrap up in issue 18, but does a fantastic job at keeping it pretty clean and right to the point, without feeling like the reader is missing out on something.
The final two pages of this issue really made me happy. If the series ended here, I’d be bummed, but it could work. This issue closes out the chapter very well, while gives the reader some insight into where it is going. Normally, jump forwards in time are a tad troublesome, mainly in the world of television, but it works extremely well here.
It wouldn’t be a review of SAGA without mentioning how amazing Fiona Staples’ work is on this book. There’s a few scenes, in particular, that truly blew me away. There’s this incredibly emotional scene where Gwendolyn is crying and yelling at Marko and the amount of raw emotion Staples packs into that face is breathtaking. It’s an “in the moment” panel which you can get lost in. It feels incredibly real and raw. From page one, you know you’re in for a treat as Lying Cat stands over Klara. Page after page, Staples hits a home run.
The most confusing and “huh?” part of this issue happens when Alana says her wings don’t work, but in order to save her and Hazel, spoilers… Marko pushes them off the top of the lighthouse. Alana quickly comes back flying. So her wings didn’t work and now they work? There’s a lot of “how did this happen” floating through my head. Is it self-preservation, Marko’s magic, or just coincidence?
I felt myself burning through the issue really quickly, up until it cuts back to Upsher and Doff, where the books hits a slow crawl. The resolution should have had a tiny bit faster pace, or the rest of the issue should have been slowed down just a tiny bit. This is an issue that could have used a couple extra pages, for pacing’s sake.
SAGA closes this chapter in a very satisfying way. Vaughan and Staples deliver another great issue. I loved seeing everything come to a head here and Gwendolyn coming face to face with her ex, Marko. This is one of those moments where I really wish half stars existed here. It’s more than a four to me, but less than a five. However, I’m excited to see where this book goes next, and I highly recommend this issue.