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Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Rating: 4 stars

Aww, bloody hell, Vaughan, really? Really?! Did you have to do that to us and then just leave for a year? This volume of Hazel’s story is more sedate and familial than of late, as the Family and their companions just try to adapt to life together. The Will and his captor, however, are very close behind them and it won’t end well if they catch up.

Vaughn and Staples are still fantastic storytellers, although I don’t know if I can take much more of this emotional roller-coaster. The highs are magnificent, as the creative pair make us revel in such small things that a family should be able to enjoy together – building sandcastles, bickering and loving each other. The lows, on the other hand, come thick and fast towards the end of the volume and I both am dreading and can’t wait for the next volume (whenever it does come).

Book details

ISBN: 9781534308374
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2018

Saga, Vol. 8

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Rating: 5 stars

After the constant grimdark of volume 7, I was very pleased to see that this eighth volume of the Saga story lightens things up a little. It’s still messed up as all hell, but in a great way. And damn, but Vaughan knows how to tug at your heartstrings, the song that Hazel sings to her sort-of-imaginary baby brother that she learned from Izabel is just wonderful. We also get to see some of The Will’s past, quite literally, as things he’s done catch up with him, incidentally storing up trouble for our family in future volumes.

Petrichor and Sir Robot are both still around, and some of the interplay between Petrichor and Hazel are hilarious, as the older woman tries to deal with this child. Sir Robot is still rather a broken character, but sympathetic and interesting.

So a lot to enjoy, some mad twists but a much needed counterpoint to the previous volume. Roll on the next one!

Book details

Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2017

Saga, Vol. 7

By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Rating: 4 stars

Bloody hell, even by Saga standards, this volume is grim! With their ship running short on fuel, the reunited family touches down on a populated comet called Phang to refuel, and ends up staying for months as some of the fuel gets diverted into feeding a family of refugees from the ever-present war between Landfall and Wreath.

As always, the characters are magnificent, not just the core of Marko and Alana, but the extended family they now have, not least the growing-up Hazel, and those still chasing them. Sir Robot is a standout character for me. Damaged, in more ways than one, he’s a wonderful, and heartbreaking, character to read. This volume shows us the heartlessness of war, where winning or losing a “position” causes immense hardship and suffering for those left behind, and the volume ends on an incredibly depressing note. That combined with the loss of an old favourite made this a hard one for me to read.

The storytelling and art are still immense, but I really hope that our family get a break at some point. I’m not sure I can take much more of this!

Book details

ISBN: 9781534300606
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2017

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