In the latest issue of Saga, we find our heroes a few months in the future from when we left them, and things seem to be eerily calm, for once.
The issue opens with Prince Robot's wife giving birth to their child, which opens the dialogue between his wife and a servant that lets us know that Price Robot is still "lost" somewhere in space. In this sequence, we also gain some background information on the Robot Kingdom, and where their allegiances lie in the war between Wreath and Landfall.
As the story skips to our heroes, we find that Marko is now a stay-at-home father, while Allana works at a local television station as an actress to help pay for the family's living expenses. Hazel is now a toddler, and the family has taken on a "pet" of sorts. Marko's mother is still living with the family in the petrified tree-rocket, and everything seems to be quite calm. The problems have shifted from fleeing intergalactic bounty hunters, to making ends meet and laying low so as not to alert any attention to their whereabouts.
This issue is more of the beautiful story telling that we have come to expect over the last couple of years from Vaughan and Staples, and is a nice way to ease back into this story. It's refreshing to have a change of pace for Marko, Allana and Hazel after all that they've been through over the first 18 issues of Saga. Too bad we know it can't last for them, but that's a good thing for us.
Oh, and that final line of narration on the last page...and the image that Staples provides for it; wow, that's a heartbreaker!
Saga is back, rejoice!