Saga, Volumes 3-5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (2014-2015)
here, and now I've finished all that have been published so far. These three volumes continue the story of Marko, Alana, and their daughter Hazel as they travel to a strange lighthouse seeking a literary hero, after which Alana gets a job in the entertainment industry, and their family is torn asunder. Bounty hunters are still after them, but now they are joined by a robot seeking revenge and a whole slew of other interesting characters.
As much as I love these while I'm reading them, they don't stick with me terribly well so I wish I had them all at once and read them in a row. By the time I picked up Volume 3 I had forgotten what came previously, so I grabbed Volume 2 to refresh my memory. Which turned into a complete re-read of Volume 2 because these books are that good. And then I just plowed through the rest.
There is a seemingly endless parade of strange and interesting characters, though my favorite has to be Lying Cat. Sidekick of bounty hunter The Will, the cat knows when someone isn't telling the truth and will just interject "Lying" into the conversation. The Will is good at what he does, but is surprisingly human at times. I also have enjoyed The Stalk, a bounty hunter who is part woman, part spider and is totally creepy looking with her many legs and eyes, but is also totally badass.
Sometimes I just stop and look at the art. When I first picked these up I wasn't especially drawn to the illustrations, but as I really started reading it I realized just how expressive it is and I really appreciate some of the more unusual angles and perspectives. The visual experience is just as enjoyable as the story itself.
One of the squares on Winter Bingo is "blue cover" and Volume 5 totally qualifies, so here is my updated bingo card.