I described the last volume as having a teen-drama vibe, in an annoying way, but this got right back into the adventure.
The team is still split up, which I’m actually finding a little annoying. I was really enjoying their story together, and while that’s still the underlying theme, it was more interesting overall for me when that was the focus – watching the relationships grow between a group of people on the run. This volume felt a little scattered compared to the first few, with three main groups of characters in completely different physical locations. I like that it’s complicated and bizarre, but I think it loses a bit of magic when you stretch the plot out in so many ways.
The juvenile humour is still here in all its glory. There’s a hilariously disgusting two-page spread that took me off guard, which I always appreciate. Fiona Staples art is still also going strong. A whole slew of new characters were introduced in this, and she’s still coming up with creative character designs for each.
My interest was starting to wane a bit with that fourth volume, but this one brought me back. It’s still not on the same level as the first three volumes, but it’s on the right track. There will always be dips in the comic series, I suppose, but I think overall this is still going to turn out to be one of my favourite comics of all time. This is definitely worth picking up if you’re at all interested in the medium and a fun mix of science fiction, fantasy, and humour.