Saga Volume 6 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Volume 6Erica gives this comic three starsSaga Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

Vaughan shifts the time many years ahead. It makes sense since he needs to jump-start the story in the future. Not to mention, grow Hazel. Here she becomes an even stronger narrator.

The trap of future jumping, which Vaughan falls into and makes this the weakest volume so far, is exposition. The old adage of writing is show, not tell. But when you jump years, you need to tell a bit more about what all these characters have been up to. This volume is heavy with exposition.

The part that didn’t work for me the most was the reunion and re-falling in love of Marko and Alana. Previously, she became a secret drug addict and he went looking for affection somewhere else other than their (I assume) monogamous relationship. We got a lot of exposition from Hazel, who despite her somewhat all-knowing narration, wouldn’t have deep details on the romance of her parents.

For me, Alana here has redeemed herself from the last two volumes. Continue reading “Saga Volume 6 Graphic Novel Review”

Saga Vol 5 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 5Erica Gives This Comic Four StarsSaga Vol 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

This volume was a bit heavy-handed about the responsibilities of parenthood. The metaphors too literal and strong. I kind of hope that we find out that an elderly Hazel has been narrating the whole thing. Also, as these issues go on, she’s becoming something on an unreliable narrator or at least one who lives very much in the moment of her story.

It’s not surprising to see more deaths in the book. I thought for sure Klara would be the goner in this book. But instead, it was The Brand and also Yuma. (I now think this book needs more female characters.) Since I really like The Brand, I’m a bit upset by that. Though technically we don’t know what happened to Klara.

The reveal that Gwendolyn named Sophie after herself was pretty powerful to show their connection. Sophie has definitely become more than just her charge while they try to heal The Will.

The whole male dragon thing was like a 12-year-old wrote this book. Seemed like a giant distraction from the main point.

I’m glad to see that time is passing a little more quickly in these books. Seriously, baby characters are never that interesting, same with the toddlers. And if you want action and adventure, it’s hard to always have a small child strapped to someone in these situations. Continue reading “Saga Vol 5 Graphic Novel Review”

Saga Vol 4 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 4Erica gives this comic five starsSaga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples

What I loved the most about this volume was how normal it seemed. Or perhaps it was that they weren’t on the run from everything in the known universe all the time. So it’s kind of unsurprising when Hazel introduces this tale as how her parents split up. Alana and Marko actually have time to think about their relationship and compatibility when they have nothing much better to do.

Apparently, Marko’s prone to flirting. I do think it’s interesting that Hazel poses that Ginny came into their lives as a hero — to teach her ballet, to give them a distraction — and ended up being too big of a distraction.

And Alana is prone to escapism. Continue reading “Saga Vol 4 Graphic Novel Review”

Saga Vol 2 Graphic Novel Review

Saga Vol 2Erica gives this comic five starsSaga Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Volume 2 is definitely taking the story in interesting and new directions. I like it alot. I’m glad that the story’s growing and that Hazel apparently has insights into both the past and the future. I’m always curious to see what foreshadowing Vaughan’s layering down.

Staples’ art remains beautiful. The outer space drifting vibes work so well with her pencils. I love the script quality and how inside the tree ship there’s a different, more organic feel going on.

I’m wondering if Marko and Alana don’t break up in the future. Or at least maybe their marriage deteriorates. Or perhaps one of them dies. This book was definitely full of the history of Marko, and I can’t help but think that Barr’s death might be a foreshadow of Marko’s own demise.

Alana and Marko’s love story was cute over D. Oswald Heist’s book. They’re pretty dorky. And it’s not surprising that soldiers would want some normalcy in their lives. Especially since they’ve been fighting far longer than any of the characters have been alive. Continue reading “Saga Vol 2 Graphic Novel Review”