Book Review: “Saga: Volume Six” by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan

Saga is the incredible graphic novel series, narrated by Hazel as she recounts the story of her parents, their escape, and the war that constantly threatens their life. It’s the sci-fi fantasy opera that most might not even realise just how much they’ve needed until they pick it up.

Saga - Cover

Volume 6 follows a dramatic time jump to Hazel at kindergarten age, and how she must hide who she is whilst being educated inside a prison. Meanwhile, her parents have reunited with a determination to find their daughter, and are willing to work with whoever they need to get there.

Staples and Vaughan have always remained consistent with Saga, with stunning artwork, imaginative species and a thrilling, gripping story.

Saga - InsideCover

The themes always remain consistent in Saga; the shockwaves of war, even years after a war seems to have ended, war prisoners, racism, sexism, homophobia, PTSD, drug addiction – the list is seemingly endless, but in a story focussed on war, most of this is a given and a reality. Some are even a reality without the war. What also remains consistent however is the way that the writers present these issues. They are always tackled and presented starkly and tactfully, with nothing but respect. Saga always portrays the ugly side of these issues, presenting realistic and at times harrowing stories, added by the stunning and oft times shocking visuals.

Saga - InsidePage

What also remains consistent is the artwork. As usual, it’s visually stunning, with creatures of such fantastic imagination. I’ve never read a comic like it, with such interesting, clear and dynamic panels. It’s so utterly creative and genius, and I never find fault.

The characters are also endlessly wonderful – developing realistically and emotionally around their situations, watching them grow and interact has been nothing short of constantly interesting. I’m never bored by these characters, very easy to grow emotionally attached to all of them, even the side characters who only appear briefly. Hazel remains the honest and witty narrator of the story, aiding the wonderful visuals with clipped, sarcastic comments. She really is the perfect, if unexpected narrator of this tale, especially when she wasn’t present for much of the goings-on.

Saga - Back

Overall, Saga: Volume Six continues to carry the story beautifully. Staples and Vaughan re-introduce us to so many characters, and continue to move this epic story forward. Plus, with the amazing, terrifying and somehow hilarious cliffhanger they’ve left us on, it’s very clear this story has a long way to go.

Saga - Spine and Cover

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