Released: August 8th 2017
First, can we just take a minute to appreciate how pretty this cover is? I’m completely loving Cliff Chiang’s works, and the artwork here is no exception. Vaughan’s (author of Saga) writing won’t disappoint either, which really isn’t a surprise. Volume three will make no sense if you haven’t read the previous two, so I urge you to do that if you haven’t already.
From looking at other people’s reviews, I’m seeing that many were disappointed in this volume. I’d like to address that first. I think volume three is a build-up novel – where all the details have to be presented and set in motion before something big happens. I could be wrong, but I’ve noticed that heavy hitting authors have a tendency to do this, so I anticipate that it is the case. Regardless, I actually quite enjoyed this novel and the details it revealed.
The time travel and distortions are continuing – though some loose ends finally got tied up. The (possible?) start of the whole time travel escapade is finally revealed, though some other questions were raised in its stead. Such as, apparently humans cannot travel unshielded through time, but our paper girls troop did so successfully multiple times. What exactly does that imply? Were the different from the start, or were they made different by something else? Or is it the manner in which they keep getting pulled around that makes it safe for them?
I also find myself wondering about the cave men – what on earth where they up to? Did they have a goal, intent? It certainly appeared that they had purpose in their actions (even if those actions were pretty horrible) I just don’t know what it is yet.
The four dimensional being was also interesting – it’s implied that the being is dangerous, but at worst it seemed disinterested in the girls. Given that it may have revealed images of the future to KJ, I can’t help but wonder if it’s actually trying to guide them to do something or go someplace (or not, it could just be a bored inter-dimensional being for all I know).
I’m not really sure where volume four is going to take us, but I can promise you that I’ll be reading it to find out! At this point I’m just too curious to drop it.