SAGA VOLUME 7
Written by Brian K Vaughn, Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics, April 4, 2017
My star rating: 4 stars
From the worldwide bestselling team of Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan, “The War for Phang” is an epic, self-contained Saga event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat and the refugee experience. (Goodreads)
Well, well! Now this was a pleasant surprise! It had been a while since I had finished volume 6 so I quickly reread it to re familiarize myself with the story. After the reread I remembered just how brutal this series can be. Between the war violence, the graphic sex and language, death, etc. I was fully expecting that and more in this continuation, but it ended up being way more emotional and thought provoking than I expected!!
Hazel is finally reunited with her parents and now it’s time to focus on escaping the many people who are trying to find them. But, in true Saga fashion, nothing is ever easy or simple. Hazel was such a joy to read from in this volume! She’s now a little bit older and has seen so much. She was forced to grow up quickly and has seen and experienced things that no child should have. Since she’s now safely back with her parents it’s time for her to come into her personality and she has her life long babysitter Izabel to help her on that journey. I’ve loved the dynamic between these two since the very beginning! And this one made me love them even more! But it was her commentary during this story that continues to pull me in. It was heartbreaking at times, heartwarming at times, and gives this graphic novel series a serious emotional depth.
The refugee experience (as indicated in the synopsis so this is NOT a spoiler!) was one of my favourite parts of this volume. No matter how many wrongs were done to you, a really great person will always find a way to make a right and help out other families. Of course you never really know who to trust but a good person won’t stop to consider that – they just help as others helped them in their time of need.
I won’t go into detail at all but this was a very emotional read for every character involved! I need to know what happened!!!!
And the art…. swoon worthy as usual!! Fiona Staples has the unique ability to change her illustrations to fit the mood. In times of fighting and brutality her drawing is vibrant, harsh, and hard. But in times of peace and emotion, her drawings are soft and beautiful! Here are a few examples:
If you’ve read any of this series up until now I hope that you are also pleasantly surprised by this emotional volume! Graphic novels are sometimes a great reset from full length novels and this series is so unique and interesting! Have you picked up this series yet?
Until next time, happy reading!