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Saga Volume 8 Paperback – January 2, 2018
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- Publisher : Image Comics; Illustrated edition (January 2, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 152 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534303499
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534303492
- Reading age : 16 years and up
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #65,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the series has progressed, it has become way more timely and aware of what's going on in the real world today and bringing those themes into the story; themes of acceptance for those who are different (or lack of acceptance in some cases), trans rights, women's rights, etc. What started out to me as being a simple battle between two cultures who cannot accept each other's differences has become a story that is still about these problems, but one that is now holding up a mirror to what's going on in the real world. Staples art has continued to shine issue after issue and while there does seem to be a whole lot of nothing happening from one story arc to another, the storytelling is still strong and Vaughn continues to move the characters along, albeit at a slightly slower pace than I'd like, but it still seems to work. I'll continue to read this series as long as Vaughn and Staples continue to out out such strong work.
This particular volume hits very close to home--specifically the stance it appears to take on the subject of Abortion and who gets to make the rules.
The strength of Saga will probably always lie in its first three volumes. At that point there was a sense you knew where the narrative was going, or at least had a rough idea. But as the series progressed well after the fourth, the saga of one family and a bunch of weirdos they meet along the way, eventually spiraled down and out into a series of events that feel the last vestiges of gas in a beat up hooptie on the desert highway.
Saga exists now purely on its shock value. Vaughan remains consistent in that he's overly reliant on the false pretenses of "no one is safe!" and has fundamentally killed off or exiled half the narrative's cast beyond the core three for little-to-no reason other than to surprise what I figure is a largely apathetic or irritated reader-base.
The decision to kill of Alana's unborn child - because Vaughan clearly didn't want to deal with an infant character, but by god let's use its death for melodrama - was probably when I realized the series was never coming back from its downward turn. What could've been an actual progression in the plot, is killed stone dead in favor of maintaining their current child as the Wonder Years-esque narrator who seems to rarely contribute anything relevant to the plot besides "this is a thing that happened and I was there".
I don't care about Alana and Marko's relationship anymore, I certainly don't care about their family dynamic. There's nothing to keep me engaged and the ghost of what could've been their child if Vaughan had a creative bone in his body, was just a backhand to the face. The decision to keep the Robot Prince alive is remains one of the worst ideas the series has chosen to remain firm on.
Effectively, the comic has now spiraled toward the kind of stagnation you see in television shows that eventually become reliant on pairing random characters together in a romance that makes no sense to their characters. And if it's not doing that, it's introducing random characters just to kill them a couple panels later. Nothing matters to the plot anymore.
Saga has sunken so far from what it was almost five years ago with the first volume, it's not really surprise that folk - even among the indie comics crowd - have gone largely silent about it. I can't wait for it to end on a flat note.
Even after a few years, Saga does not fail to impress.
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After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.
Collecting: Saga 43-48
During volume 8, we follow the aftermath of volume 7 and pretty much carry on where 7 left off, with that heartbreaking loss that sucker-punched us and made us all cry for about 5 weeks. Throughout volume 8, Vaughan helps us deal with the losses that we have suffered over the past couple of volumes and part of the way that he does this is by creating such a strong relationship between Alana and Marko. There was a time during these comics that I thought they would break up for good because of how tense it was getting between them. BUT they made up and made their relationship work for Hazel. Our dear Hazel. SHE IS SO PRECIOUS AND HER I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She is literally the most cutest thing ever and I love the narration of her story, but I also love her as a child as well and watching her grow up and deal with different things.
During this volume, she had to deal with a character named 'Kurti' and I'm not going to reveal who that is for people who haven't read previous volumes. Her relationship with Kurti and how she interacted with him was beautiful to read and genuinely brought tears to my eyes. But it wasn't just how Hazel interacted with him, it was how Alana and Marko dealt with him as well and how it changed them as people. I WEPT SO MUCH.
But moving away from the ball of emotional mess, it was nice (?) - and kinda weird - to see Sir Robot (formerly Prince Robot IV) and everyone else become sort-of-friends. I mean... at least they aren't trying to blow each other's heads off at every chance that they get.
AND WE HAVE A NEW SHIP! I am so happy that it happened. It came out of nowhere and it kind of gave me whiplash because of it, but I can't wait to see where this goes and how Vaughan carries on with the ship but also with the rest of the story.
The past couple of issues have been very emotional so I'm intrigued how Vaughan finishes off the healing process of losing the characters and how he gets them to move on to new adventures.
Petrichor in particular really stood out in this book, there were some fantastic moments between her and Hazel that melted my heart a bit and I really appreciate how many positive messages this series has about important issues in the real world not just this fantasy one. I also enjoyed learning more about The Will's background and the person who is holding him captive.
The volume ends on a positive note when certain characters are finally reunited and I'm really curious to see how the group dynamics are going to change now that all the main players are back together at last.
Might well be my favourite work by Brian K Vaughan - though the ending isn't anywhere in sight yet - yay!