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.
I was worried going into this considering the fact that it’s been a hot minute since I read the previous volume. But I needn’t have worried, the world Vaughan has created in the Saga series is one easily slipped back into. And if I could sum up this read in one panel, I think Hazel said it best:
This review contains *spoilers*.
So let’s jump right into business:
- We’re in the middle of war throughout these issues, so people are being killed off left and right… And it was just utterly heart-shattering. So many characters I’ve grown attached to were taken from me far too soon.
- Speaking of, I’m still shell-shocked that my all-time favorite sacrificed herself for the “greater good” all thanks to one of my least favorite characters:
I get choked up every time I think about this.
- There’s also a lot of tension simmering between everyone, which is completely understandable under their strained circumstances, but still hard to take in.
Oh, I definitely was. But Hazel and Izabel have such a powerful dynamic with one another that it physically hurt me to see them like this… for the last time, nonetheless.
Hazel has experienced so much damn grief in her young life, and I just can’t bear to see her hurt anymore. It’s like every time she gains a new positive force in her life, she ends up losing someone or something else.Her commentary, though heartbreaking, remains to be one of my favorite aspects about this series.
- On a more uplifting note (if that’s even possible with Saga), the art in here is as stunning as ever:
- The humor in this series remains to be superb in lightening up the blue mood.P.S. I’m forevermore grateful those bastards in the red coat got what they deserved.
- I was beyond ecstatic to have finally met Gwendolyn’s wife!! Simply a master of words.
- And to end this list, I adored how the first issue in this volume had some lively fanart included at the end, especially this one for Izabel:I agree wholeheartedly with Hernandez about Izabel, particularly the very first line which couldn’t have better described her: “Izabel is the perfect representation of three things I’ve always felt reassured by: fluorescent pink, guardian ghosts, and intestines.”
So with all that happened in this single volume, I’m still having to wrap my mind around everything. I genuinely feel like Hazel in this panel:
If nothing else, Vaughan knows how to keep me on the edge better than anyone else. And as usual, I cannot wait for what’s in store next.