Comic Review: Saga, Volume 5

25451555Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Published by Image Comics on Sepember 9, 2015

Genres: Adult, Comic, Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Pages: 152 Format: Paperback Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Light spoilers for the first four volumes of Saga

Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies. Collects Saga #25-30.

Saga is the much hyped about graphic novel series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. A universe with two warring planets fighting on their allies lands and their biggest threat is the union between two soldiers on opposite sides of the fight. Add a baby into the mix and you get one rollercoaster of a ride. Volume 5 drops us right back in the thick of it with multiple searches in progress and danger lurking at every turn.

Honestly one of the coolest things about Saga is the out of the box world. A mix of science fiction and fantasy creates unique creatures and races that you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I mean the Robot people with televisions for heads and they show emotion through different images on their screens. How inventive is that! Plus it seems like every issue brings new characters into the mix.

This world is so stunningly visualized in the art by Fiona Staples. The vibrant colors, the graphic details; each character holds their own gravitas through their depictions. The writing by Brian K. Vaughan is excellent, creating a sweeping narrative across an entire universe. Everything is melded together so well between the two of them and the cohesion truly makes this series shine.

The characters of Saga are too many to count but even the minor ones have complexity. I love the depiction of such a diverse and unique society within the Saga universe. We need more of it! There are so many complicated relationships but Alana and Marko are at the front and center of it all. Despite all the ups and downs I’m still rooting for them and their love for little Hazel may just carry them through. I’m also really enjoying the interaction and adventure of Gwendolyn, Sophie, and The Will.

Overall Saga, Volume 5 was another great foray into this universe. It adds more drama, brings some people together, and tears some people apart. There is just so much going on in this series, so many different storylines, but it isn’t hard to follow. Five volumes in and I am still enjoying what this graphic novel has to offer. Always a good sign. Check out Volume 1 and give Saga a try!

Have you read any of the Saga series? Tell me your thoughts!


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