I haven't read many graphic novels, and I've never read a series as it's being published. Saga is worth the wait. It's unlike anything I'd typically read (science fiction creatures to the max) and at the same time, it's exactly like the things I love to read (social commentary and adventure).
This installment uses a time jump to its full advantage, bouncing us forward to maintain the momentum and excitement of the series. I liked seeing how all the characters had adjusted to their circumstances. And now I'm settling in to wait for the Volume 7.
This was my least favorite of the series-- although that might be because I read them all so fast and finished this one on vacation. It was a lot of really dark and heavy material slamming into me all at once. I did quite like the conclusion, and the painful decisions that had to be made regarding locks and keys and whispering iron.
There is one bit I'm still really confused about. If you've read the series, maybe you can answer it for me...
How did Bode get his body back?? Tyler clearly states that his body was cremated. I reread that bit several times, but I still have no idea what happened with the bird or how Bode's cremated body was reformed.
This volume finally explains the backstory-- how the locks and keys were made and how high the stakes are. I wish this had been introduced a bit earlier in the series, but other than the timing, I really liked this volume. The clockworks were interesting, the history was fascinating, and it did a good job of setting the scene for the final installment.