I am so glad that I re-read this series otherwise I would have completely forgotten who some of the characters were that crop up in this volume. And I am so glad that I marathon-read them because it just made the journey SO MUCH BETTER!After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her star crossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
Collecting: Saga 31 – 36
After what seems like forever, we finally meet back up with journalists, Upsher and Doff. It’s interesting to see them back in the story again and to see what they’re up to after all this time. They’re both still searching for THE story that will make their career, and more importantly, they still seem to have their heart set on finding out what’s happened to Marko and Alana so THEY can be their story and they will finally be thought of as ‘serious’ journalists. To be honest, I’m not really a big fan of the characters of Upsher and Doff. I think it’s because I haven’t been given enough time to really connect with their characters because they aren’t given that much page time… and also because it’s been so long since we last saw them.
“You’ll never understand the way the world really works until you surround yourself with people from all sorts of weird backgrounds.”
― Brian K. Vaughan,
BUT MOVING ON! Petrichor is my new favourite character. I absolutely love her. She’s strong-willed, badass and cares so much for Hazel it makes my heart hurt. Even though she may come across as quite stand-offish and seem like she doesn’t care about anyone, she really does and I love it when the story circles back round to her and what she’s doing. As the volumes progress, Petrichor is making more and more appearances and seems to be becoming one of the main characters.
Speaking of main characters… Alana and Marko are FINALLY REUNITED AND IT MAKES ME SO HAPPY! Marko is finally out of his dickish phase and is concentrating on trying to rebuild his family and gain Alana’s trust back. The only thing that really jolted me about this volume was the massive time jump which I mentioned in my review of volume five. At the end of volume five, we are given a sneak peek of when Hazel attends nursery (kindergarten) and this storyline finally takes full force in volume six. I don’t really know how many years this time jump is, so if anyone knows, please let me know!
A lot seems to happen in this volume because The Will is back! Not that I’m really too happy about it because I don’t really like his character, but it was cool to see him back and to see the adventures that he gets up to.
And as always, the artwork by Fiona Staples is absolutely breathtaking!
I have already read volumes seven and eight and I do have reviews for those as well! THIS SERIES JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!