Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Science Fiction
Length: 152 pages
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Stand Alone or Series: 6th volume in the Saga series
Source: Gift for Xmas
Rating: 4/5 stars
“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 starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.”
This is the 6th TPB volume in the Saga series. I didn’t enjoy volume 4 and 5 as much are previous volumes but this volume was an improvement over those two. I am still disappointed at the slow pace of this graphic novel series and probably won’t continue reading this. I had already gotten this volume for Christmas so I went ahead a read it. It’s better than volume 5 was and more happens, so that was nice.
This volume jumps us a few years into the future. Hazel is being taken care of by her grandmother. Marko and Alana have reunited and are on a quest to find Hazel. Most of the story surrounds Hazel and the exposure of her dual nature to her kindergarten teacher. A small bit of the story is dedicated to The Will and Gwendolyn as they resume their quest for revenge against Prince Robot IV.
I enjoyed the scenes with Hazel and her kindergarten class and teacher. These were very cute and funny. It was also nice to see Marko and Alana back together and kicking butt like they do so well.
I am still having an issue with how slow this story moves. At this point there are just too many side stories to focus on in one graphic novel series. None of the characters get the page space they deserve. To me it makes the story feel very dilute and slow.
The illustration is still very well done and full of brightly colored and detailed frames. I enjoy the illustration of this series a lot.
Overall this volume was an improvement over volumes 4 and 5. The story makes more progress and was more cohesive. I am still struggling with the slow pace of these graphic novels and with how many side stories are going on. At this point I don’t plan on continuing the series.