Saga, Vol 5-9 | Series Review

This is actually the second time I’ve written this review. Always save your work, kids.

I didn’t expect myself to get invested in Saga. Three days after finishing volume four, I finished volume nine. And now I have to wait over a year before there are new issues released, let alone a combined volume to read.

The first thing that I have to say about this story is that I’m in it for the characters 100%. I want to know what happens to Hazel. I care about Marko and Alana’s relationship. I like Prince Robot, even though he can be a jerk a lot of the time. I love Hazel’s grandmother. The reporters are two of my favorite characters. Everyone in this story is flawed, and feel real.

The second thing that I have to say is that while the entire story is full of metaphors, they don’t feel over the top to me. It might be because of the format, but it doesn’t feel like I’m constantly being reminded that it’s referencing real life directly.

The end of the latest volume was heartbreaking in more than one way. I agree with other reviews and reactions I’ve seen online to the latest installment. I’m sad that I have to wait so long for a continuation, but it gives me a chance to check out more of both Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples other works.

-Siobhan