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Saga, Vol. 6

By Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 5 stars

Several years have passed since the end of the last volume, as this one opens with Hazel now an actual honest-t0-goodness person, not just a baby/toddler. Hazel and her grandmother spend these years in a prisoner of war camp on Landfall, and we see several new characters introduced to the cast, including the rather adorable Noreen, Hazel’s teacher and the slightly less adorable but very interesting Petrichor, a trans woman who Hazel befriends while in prison.

As usual, Vaughan’s twists and turns of plot keep me guessing and he drops a real bomb at the end of the volume, which the always brilliant Staples visualises magnificently, with the expression on Alana’s face. It’s not just that, of course, but the rest of the art, which continues to be stunning, as she renders both horrific violence and moments of true tenderness with equal vividness. Staples’ art is as much of Saga as Vaughan’s writing and it wouldn’t be the same without her.

So in case it’s not obvious, I continue to love this series and am impatient for more! Maybe I should ease the waiting time by picking up the rather gorgeous-looking deluxe edition. It’ll be an excuse to read the first 18 chapters again.

Book details

ISBN: 9781632157119
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2016

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