Saga Volume Six
Brian Vaughan (Author), Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Image Comics, 2016
Dramatic leap forward in time, as the story opens with baby Hazel in kindergarten. She is also narrating, as always, but at this point it almost seems possible she could be narrating in "real time" (still some future tense involved, though). I'm increasingly convinced that the real point of the story is finding out who she is narrating to, in the style of How I Met Your Mother. And it's working for me: now that she's gotten older, she's become an active participant in the action, instead of only being an escapee or kidnap victim. Hazel's grandmother is in the detention center on the planet Landfall with her, but every other important character is converging there, intending to rescue her. The two journalists who were bound to keep Hazel's existence secret have been freed by the death of freelancer The Brand. In their search they meet up with her brother The Will, who has resumed his vendetta against Robot IV. Alana and Marko recruit Robot IV to help them gain entrance into the prison. In the end the family is reunited, but once again on the run. And Alana is pregnant again! The story is certainly not static, at least read in large chunks like this.