Saga – Volume 5 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 5 collects the issues 25-30.
Finished on: 18.3.2020
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Plot:
Dengo is still holding Alana, Klara and Hazel prisoner, as well as Prince Robot IV’s son. He has his own plans for Hazel – plans that involve the Last Revolution. Meanwhile, Marko, Prince Robot IV, Ghüs and Yuma are going after them, hoping to be able to find them in the hugeness of the universe. And Gwen, Sophie and The Brand are busy trying to get the cure for The Will.

I took a longer breakt between reading Volume 4 and Volume 5 just to make things last a little longer. But that hasn’t cooled off my absolutely euphoric reaction to the entire series. It’s still fantastic.

The cover showing Sophie and Gewn cowering in a dragon's mouth.

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Saga – Volume 4 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 4 collects the issues 19-24.
Finished on: 25.9.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Plot:
Marko, Alana, Hazel, Izzy and Klara found shelter on Gardenia, where they have been able to live unrecognized. Alana is working as an actress (masked of course) at the Open Circuit, a big media show. But settled life in hiding isn’t all that easy on them, either. Meanwhile, Prince Robot IV’s son was born, but the Prince remain missing. His son soon becomes a key piece in one man’s revolution against the monarchy.

Saga keeps being such an exciting series, I don’t even know how else to put it other than in superlatives. In this volume things get even harder and there is some heartbreak. But the series remains great.

The cover showing a masked woman in an extravagant costume under spotlights.
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Saga – Volume 3 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 3 collects the issues 13-18.
Finished on: 9.8.2019
[Here are my reviews of the other volumes.]

Plot:
Marko, Alana, Hazel, Klara and Izzy are finally reaching Quietus to meet Oswald Heist, the famous author that inspired Marko and Alana’s rebellion. But Heist may not live up to his name. Meanwhile, The Will’s team-up with Gwen is still uneasy, though their goal remains the same: find Alana and Marko. And the press has also started to take an interest into Marko, Alana and above all Hazel.

Saga still leaves me breathless – it is exciting and stunning, full of great ideas and even greater characters. If you aren’t reading it yet, what are you waiting for?

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Saga – Volume 2 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 2 collects the issues 7-12.
Finished on: 28.7.2019
[Here’s my review of the first volume.]

Plot:
Marko and Alana are still on the run with their baby Hazel, when they are unexpectedly joined by none other than Marko’s parents. They are at least as critical of Marko’s liaison with a woman from Landfall as the rest of the universe seems to be, but they also won’t just give up their grandchild. So they make their way together towards the writer who inspired Alana and Marko to give their love a chance in the first place.

The second Volume of Saga manages to keep up the already high quality of the first volume while expanding the world and upping the stakes. It is simply excellent.

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Saga – Volume 1 (Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples)

Saga is a comic series by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. Volume 1 collects the issues 1-6.
Finished on: 15.7.2019

Plot:
Landfall has been at war with its own moon Wreath for about forever and their war has spread out over the galaxy. In the middle of this war, there are Alanna, from Landfall, and Marko, from Wreath. They are in love. They just had a baby – a baby that no one with any say wants to see alive as it calls the entire war into question. But Alana and Marko are soldiers and they are good at their job. They are not about to give up that easily. Soon the entire galaxy seems to be at their heel.

Saga is absolutely excellent: wonderful worldbuilding, great characters, beautiful art. I am very intrigued and really need to know how things continue now.

The cover of the comic showing a woman with wings cradling a baby, hugged by a man with horns.
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Bitch Planet Vol. 2: President Bitch (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro)

Bitch Planet is a comic series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine de Landro. Volume 2 collects the issues 6-10.
Finished on: 13.2.2018
[Here’s my review of Volume 1.]

Plot:
Before we learn what happens further on Bitch Planet, the prison planet for non-compliant women, we learn more about Meiko and how she came to be there. But revolution is coming to Bitch Planet and there’s no way to stay out of it.

I already loved the first volume of Bitch Planet, and Volume 2 keeps going strong and includes some great new developments and exciting new angles on and glimpses of its world. I can’t wait for the next installment.

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Wayward Sisters – An Anthology of Monstrous Women (Ed. by Allison O’Toole)

Wayward Sisters is a comic anthology edited by Allison O’Toole.
Finished on: 31.3.2018
[I got a review copy of this anthology. You can get it here.]

After the beautiful cover by Alise Gluškova and a nice, short foreword by Faith Erin Hicks, Wayward Sisters gives us a collection of wonderful short comics, created exclusively by female and gender non-conforming artists and featuring almost exclusively female monsters. As usual with anthologies, not every story will hit you hard, but I found that Wayward Sisters was one of the most consistently strong anthologies I’ve ever read. It features stories as different in tone as in art style and there should be something there for everyone. For me, there were several somethings that hit me in various sweet spots.

After the jump, there’s more about each of the stories separately.

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Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro)

Bitch Planet is a comic series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Valentine de Landro. Volume 1 collects the first five issues.
Finished on: 9.6.2017

Plot:
In the future, non-compliant women are sent to prison. A prison that takes up an entire planet and is colloquially referred to as Bitch Planet. Non-compliance encompasses many things – from violent crime to not being considered attractive enough, maybe because, like Penny, you’re fat and have shaved your head – and you don’t give a fuck about what anybody thinks. But when you put women like this together, even under the worst circumstances, they aren’t likely to take things lying down.

Bitch Planet is a damn amazing comic, a feminist take on prison exploitation (movies) with emotional impact and a great sense of humor within all the politics. I loved it.

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The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words (Mike Carey, Peter Gross)

Tommy Taylor and the War of Words is the sixth book (issues 31-35.5) in The Unwritten series of comics, written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross, with cover art by Yuko Shimizu.
[Here are my Unwritten reviews so far.]
Finished on: 5.8.2016

Plot:
Tommy knows he has to confront the cabal and Pullman head-on. But that is easier said than done especially as he’s still learning about how exactly the world and his powers work. At the same time, Wilson’s diaries manage to fill in the history of the cabal, Pullman and Anna Rausch in more detail.

Tommy Taylor and the War of Words starts by filling in some blanks in the backstory of the world, but it also works to a first really big climax of the story so far, one that definitely left me excited for what’s coming next.

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The Unwritten: On to Genesis (Mike Carey, Peter Gross)

On to Genesis is the fifth book (issues 25-30) in The Unwritten series of comics, written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross, with additional art by Vince Locke and cover art by Yuko Shimizu.
[Here are my Unwritten reviews so far.]
Finished on: 26.7.2015

Plot:
After Wilson’s Death his belongings are set to be auctioned off. Tommy is certain that some of those things will help to shed light on Wilson’s plans. But when he gets involved into the auction things don’t go quite as planned, but at least Tommy manages to get his father’s journals and finds himself seeing the world through his father’s eyes in the 40s. Literally.

The Unwritten continues to be an extraordinary series, even though with the issues collected here, it hit a bit of a snag and doesn’t feel quite as strong as the previous book. But that doesn’t meant that I didn’t enjoy it a lot.

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