After almost 10 long months of waiting, I have finally got my hands on the sixth volume of Saga! Now if you have not read Saga yet, I would suggest you start! It is one of the most beautifully written and illustrated graphic novels I have ever read.
It is the tale of “two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war who fall in love and risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe” (Goodreads).
But don’t be fooled! This is not your typical love story about star-crossed lovers; Saga is also a heart pounding tale about family, relationships, and life changing experiences.
As the narrator of the novel, Hazel recounts her life from the moment she is born to all of the crazy and weird adventures she and her parents, Alana and Marko, experience throughout the novel. Although, what makes Hazel and her story so special is her heritage; she is the product of love between a Landfallian, an individual from a winged race, and a Moony, and individual from Wreath. Unfortunately, because she is the first child ever born between these warring worlds, her existence is not taken lightly. She’s a target and is being hunted down by the military.
As of Volume 6 (Issues #31-36) of Saga, Alana and Marko have been separated from their daughter and are traveling across worlds in search for Hazel. Unbeknownst to them, Hazel and her grandmother, Klara (Marko’s mother), were taken to a detainment center on Landfall. There we are introduced to two new characters who play, or will play, an important role in the survival of our favorite protagonists: Noreen and Petrichor.
Noreen is Hazel’s school teacher on Landfall who develops a special bond with our little girl and is one of the few people who know about her true heritage.
While Petrichor, who I speculate is the first transgender character Brian K. Vaughan has introduced in the world of Saga, was a Wreath soldier who takes pity on Hazel thinking she is the product of rape due to her hybridity.
Because both characters are fairly new to the novel, we are only given a small insight to their personalities and true intentions; therefore, there is a lot of potential for them to either help or hamper our protagonists. Aside from them, there were some familiar faces who do make appearances throughout the novel: Izabel, The Will and Sweet Boy, Upsher and Doff, and Ginny.
Despite being secondary characters in the novel, they do play an important role and will either be helpful or a hinderance to our protagonists. And to be fairly honest, they to provide a little something something to the novel; usually comedic relief or even a plot twist.
Overall, I was satisfied with this volume and pleased how one arc of the story came to a close and another started but simultaneously leaving us wanting more! And as Hazel’s identity becomes less and less of secret, it will definitely be interesting to see what kind of role she will play in the future of the novel.
My Rating: 4.5/5
But there were some lingering questions I had regarding this volume:
- What happened to Gwendolyn, Sophie, and Lying Cat?
- How did The Will become such a hot mess?
- Will Hazel, Alana, and Marko see Klara again?
I NEED ANSWERS.
If you want to join me as I wait for Volume 7, you can purchase Saga Volume 6 and it’s predecessors on Amazon.