Saga – Volume 8 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 8 collects the issues 43-48.
Finished on: 01.10.2020
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Content Note: abortion

Plot:
After recent events, Alana, Marko, Hazel and their companions – at least those who survived make their way to the very edge of the universe to fin the medical help that Alana needs. Only this is easier said than done. Meanwhile, The Will isn’t having the best of times either. And Ghüs and Squire are still waiting for Prince Robot IV’s return.

I can’t believe that this is already the penultimate book in the series. And I can’t believe that it is still so very consistently excellent. Volume 8 is no exception.

The comic cover showing a woman in a cowboy outfit riding a zebra with rainbow-colored stripes.

After the last book left me sobbing, this one didn’t make me cry all that much (though there still were tears), but it was still very harsh in many ways. Fortunately, the ending is much more hopeful than I expected from the downers that came before it. But of course, we’re also gearing up for a grand finale that will be grand indeed from the looks of it.

Also fortunately, the book does retain its sense of humor and does have its funny moments here and there. Between abortion, torture and the threat of starvation and death in general, it is a good thing that there is still some lightness. And that the art is so very beautiful.

Saga continues to be political and outspoken, which I always appreciate (well, at least if it’s the right sort of politics), but above all it’s an excellent story with characters that are complicated and that I have very much grown to love.

Summarizing: I’m a little afraid of reaching the end with the next book, but my, what a journey!

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