Book Reviews

Mini-Review — Saga, Volume 5 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Book title: Saga, Volume 5
Author: Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Fiona Staples (artist)
Series: Saga, #5
Publisher: Image Comics
Release date: September 2015
Format: Paperback, 152 pages
Source: Library.

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Read my review of Volume 1 here.
Read my review of Volumes 2, 3, and 4 here.

Synopsis:

Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies. Collects Saga #25-30.

Thoughts I had while reading Saga, Volume 5:

  • Love this cover! It’s my favorite so far.
  • Wait, who? What’s going on? … Oh, okay, now I remember. Sorry, it’s been a while since I read the last installments.
  • I love Lying Cat and Sophie, they’re perhaps my favorite characters so far in the story.
  • The little seal is totes adorbs!
  • Poor Marko… he’s in pretty bad shape.
  • Sophie is awesome.
  • Whoa — is that The Stalk’s brother or something? Gah, the spider-people are really freaky-looking.
  • Yuma telling Marko why Alana started doing drugs… that was really sad.
  • Gasp! Bugger is right, Prince Robot IV.
  • … And this is why Saga ain’t for kids.
  • Oh, the little seal is named Ghus.
  • The Brand is pretty cool. I also love her dog.
  • Random giant eardrum is random. I’m guessing it’ll be used to later push the plot forward in some way but… super random.
  • Well, Yuma went out on a high note.
  • … And this is another reason Saga isn’t for kids. Even Gwendolyn was like, Nope, not for your eyes, Sophie.
  • Gotta love Sophie’s one-liner, though.
  • Hazel is going to be one hell of a mess when she grows up, from all the violence happening around her. Kid is going to be traumatized for life.
  • HOLY F— HOLY F— HOLY F—
  • My brain just died for a minute. This is why Saga is effing brilliant and acclaimed. But, again — why it’s not suitable for the young crowd. But holy ravioli, I stared in horror for a good long time because WHAT NOOOOO. Brian K. Vaughan, you are a cruel, cruel writer. (And Fiona Staples, you are an awesome, awesome artist.)
  • Marko and Alana reunited. Prince Robot IV and his son reunited. Lots more death to get us to this point. And, of course, Hazel’s now been taken away. What a way to end this volume.

Saga, Volume 5 was way better than Volumes 3 and 4, I think. The story meandered a bit in those middle books, but now it’s back with a focus. I cared about all the characters, everyone had their flaws but also legitimate reasons for their actions. The violence and gore and dark, dark themes are pretty nasty here, but the big shockers are really impacting and hit hard. I loved Saga, Volume 5. I need Volume 6 STAT! ♦

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Have you read Saga, Volume 5?
If you haven’t, would you be interested to?
What’s a book you read that had a total HOLY F— moment? (Or two?)
Comment below letting me know!
And, as always, happy reading!

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