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Saga Volume 8

de Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Ilustrador)

Séries: Saga (collects 43-48)

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"After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe."--Amazon.com.
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This volume has lots of social commentary! One of the main topic is abortion, which I think the authors did a good job at discussing the arguments pro and against it in a sensible yet objective way.
Hazel is growing up and is becoming more of a fleshed out character rather than just the narrator which is awesome. ( )
  noisydeadlines | Jul 30, 2021 |
Man this universe just keeps getting more and more surreal. That's what you get where Sci-Fi is real, Fantasy is real, and you want to really explore just what it means to be *people*.

You get owl people:



Poop people:



Although those don't appear to be actually people, just animated feces. As if that's better.

But really, the large large majority of this story is taken up with the aftermath of the miscarriage right at the end of [Saga, Volume 7](). The baby is dead and they have to deal with that. Abortion, even of a miscarriage, appears to be illegal in this universe, and they have to deal with that. These are former soldiers trying to be good pacifists and truely pro-life... and they have to deal with that.



In the end, they go to basically 'the planet of the abortionists', where even the *legal* ones can't deal with her. So they have to take an adventure off to the dark side of the planet:



... to meet with an Endwife of all things:



And of course, the hardest hitting bit of all this is poor Hazel. She's a child, with a child's view on the world and a child's innocence:



But that doesn't mean that she still doesn't have to process the idea that the brother she thought she was getting... isn't coming any more. But at least she gets one chance that most (all?) in our world will never get:



A chance to bond with something that at least appears to be her brother. It's something of a sense of closure at least. And given that her baby sitter was a ghost--and re-died and her grandfather died and everyone dies around her... It's something worth doing.

Anyways. That got dark. And that's not even all of it.

We're still dealing with the nature of normality, and who better to talk about it than those two.



And that's only a few of the stories in this volume! There's still The Will, who's gotten to be in terrible shape. He is ... not a good person and kind of broken. But I'm curious to see how that's going to end up.



Still dark. But less so? That's saying something when torture is the lighter option.

But at least there a few gems of light and humor at the end of this terribly depressing tunnel:



She's not wrong!


Pop culture references! ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
I'm not as in love with this series as others are, but to give credit where due: (1) Brian Vaughan continues to dig into subjects from which most other authors run (late term abortions, D&Cs, transsexuals, etc.) and (2) Fiona Staples artwork is terrific (from the rainbow? zebra horse on the cover to the asteroid/spaceship jellyfish thing. Petrichor was just awesome here, and her relationship with Hazel was superb. On the other hand, I felt the latter chapters were just thrown in to keep past characters in play, but added nothing to the present storyline(s.) ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Does this count as a western?

****
Gah! This series is so good, and I am SO AFRAID to continue. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
Saga: Volume Eight follows the mastery that was the seventh volume, and yeah - that was a tough act. Not as bittersweet as Six nor the gut-punch that was Seven, Volume Eight focuses on Hazel’s family clawing their way back to some semblance of normalcy, healing never being an easy thing to do.

Most of the first half of the volume deals with issues related to Alana’s miscarriage and her quest to get a life-saving abortion. I suspect nobody is going to be entirely satisfied with how everything is depicted and unfolds, but for what it’s worth I thought the Volume did a decent-enough job. Plausibly messy, like most of the dynamics in Saga. The fact that this arc was set in a sci-fi approximation of the Wild West certainly adds to the underlying political commentary, but at no point is it particularly polemical about one position or the other. Only that not having access to safe abortions is fucking scary.

While I still enjoyed it, Eight was definitely one of the more subdued installments. The action is brief, and the fantastical over-the-top creativity seems to have been tampered down a few degrees. Two stand-alone tales provide adventures for The Will and Ghüs, but I don’t think anyone is going to be blown away by either of them. The humor didn’t quite jibe with me as much, but the depiction of “found families” very much did. I’m very glad that Saga seems to have gotten its narrative house in order, leaving it free to pursue whatever pot Staples and Vaughan desire going forward. ( )
  pvoberstein | Dec 14, 2020 |
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