In the new issue of Saga, I don’t know who to trust, what is real, or how it’s going to turn out in the end. Then again, this is basically my feeling every month, and what keeps me coming back for more. All the storylines are starting to converge into one big battle and it’s going to get bloody before it’s all over.
Note: This recap may contain spoilers!
Upsher and Doff are still on the trail of Alana’s story. Next stop is to interview Secret Intelligence Officer Agent Gale, confronting him with a surveillance image of Alana at a clothesline on Cleave, wearing her wedding band. But what looks, on the surface, to be a soldier deserting her post in the name of love has taken on a new twisty turn when Gale says that Alana is actually deep undercover, infiltrating the enemy ranks and getting information. Now, I don’t want to believe that Alana could actually be playing Marko and the rest of her friends and family, going so far as to have a child with him, because I’ve seen how much love exists between them. However, it does put some doubt in our minds as to what the real story is. Did she start out as a spy, only to be wooed by Marko in the process? Or maybe Gale’s just blowing smoke to cover his own self. Whatever the reason, there is much more going on here than meets the eye. I’m sure Upsher and Doff aren’t going to give up until they find out the facts, so I’m looking forward to the ride. That is, if they survive long enough. Agent Gale’s already put a hit on them. Unfortunately, The Will is otherwise disposed, so second-best The Brand will have to serve the assignment. Assassins everywhere!
Meanwhile, the family is still at Heist’s place. He is sharing a lovely, yet possibly dark children’s book with Hazel and we learn more about Marko and Alana’s upbringing. Heist mentions one of his ex-wives has a connection with the Open Circuit and Marko is fascinated because he never got a chance to see it, as others have, but now he will get his chance. High drama it isn’t. More appropriately, I would compare it to soap opera level drama, but it’s highly engaging and something that Alana briefly toyed with pursuing before she joined the military. However, their journey has always been about second chances, so Marko starts to suggest that maybe she should give it another try. She could be the breadwinner, the creator of the arts, while he becomes a stay-at-home dad. Seems to be a good plan, though the seeds of the idea were planted by Heist and Marko’s mother. Either way, the family has a chance at providing for their little one without having to engage in death and destruction again. That is, if death and destruction would leave them alone.
That wish doesn’t seem to be coming true anytime soon, though. The storyline is just about caught up to the point we saw before, where Prince Robot IV comes calling on Heist and the family are all hiding upstairs trying to remain quiet. What is added to the story now, though, is the knowledge of what The Will and Gwendolyn are doing during this time. They’re on the planet, too, after the harrowing interactions with Sophie. The little girl, crazed and poisoned, has pretty much taken out The Will. He’s on the verge of dying and Gwendolyn sees only one possibility of saving him, and that lies with Marko. It seems that her ex-boyfriend can provide the medical support needed to bring The Will back from the brink of death. The question, though, is why would he? This is an assassin who has set out to kill Marko and his loved ones. Why would he turn around and save him? And if he does, does that mean The Will gives up his mission of death? Everything’s coming together and it’s going to be messy! I can’t wait until next issue.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars