Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Publisher: Image Comics
Published: December 27, 2017
I absolutely love the depressing, dark humour filled world that Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created in the Saga series. I’m not normally a fan of romance stories, but even I can’t help but root and shed tears for the badass star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko, along with their innocent daughter Hazel (who happens to be the narrator for this crazy space adventure). I’ve been hooked since Vol. 1 and I’m happy to say Vol. 8 is just as amazing as the rest of the series. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next after the devastating conclusion to Vol. 7.
Saga is certainly known for handling difficult topics with brutal honesty and a dash of lightheartedness. I won’t ruin anything, but the hella controversial abortion topic takes centre stage in this volume. The cool supporting characters, of various sexual orientations and gender identities, also get lots of advancement and spotlight time. I can’t describe how well crafted the LGTBQA+ themes are in this story. The characters are just who they are and not stereotypical at all. Petrichor, a transgender woman, is one of the most badass characters I’ve seen in a novel. I love how Hazel’s curiosity is used to discuss her gender identity in an almost real-world like way.
And yep, I’m pretty sure I found an asexual character in the story too! The conversation Ghüs had with Squire at then end confirms it in my mind.
Overall, I highly recommend anyone new to the series should start way back at Vol. 1. There are a lot of graphic scenes (so this is definitely an adults only comic) but the powerful story is something special that’s certainly worth experiencing.
My rating: 4 out of 5 Stack o’ Books Emojis – 📚📚📚📚⚉
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