Saga – Volume 9 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 9 collects the issues 49-54.
Finished on: 10.1.2021
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Plot:
Things are pretty good for Alana, Marko and Hazel. Having reunited with their friends and found a safe spot, they can finally relax and try to actually make plans for the future that don’t just involve not getting killed right this second. But the peace doesn’t last long as events catch up with them.

Hot damn, I’m reeling after this volume, and not just because I realized that it isn’t the end of the series yet, as I had thought, just the end of what has been published so far (hopefully they will continue soon, the publication is on hiatus at the moment). But the ending is quite frankly evil, especially considering that we now have to wait for a continuation. In other words, I am deeply invested in everything here and I just can’t believe what is happening.

The book cover showing Alana, Marko and Hazel in a happy family portrait.

After the lightness that was the ending of Volume 8 and with the fact that Volume 9 was the last volume (my mistake – just the last published volume), I was actually prepared for a happy end here. Well, it’s safe to say that I did not get that in the slightest.

The body count in this one is staggering and by that I mean the actually central characters who don’t survive here. Especially the last death – I can hardly believe that they end things for them that way, but it’s not the kind of disbelief that makes you doubt and expecting a revelation later that it didn’t actually happen. Instead it’s the kind of disbelief that comes from shock: it shouldn’t be, therefore it cannot be.

It’s not the first time that Saga got some tears from me, but the extent to which everything is going to shit here for everybody – it might be the worst situation for the characters since the beginning of the series. I don’t know how I will be able to wait for the continuation to see what happens next.

Summarizing: aaaaaaaahhhh.

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