Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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Vol. 1 ★★★★
Vol. 2 ★★★★
Vol. 3 ★★★★★
Vol. 4 ★★★★
Vol. 5 ★★★★★

“…anyone who thinks one book has all the answers hasn’t read enough books.”

For those who have yet to experience the phenomenon that is Saga, the basic premise is that two star-crossed lovers, one from a planet and one from its moon, fell in love during a time of war with each other. Not only is associating with the enemy viewed as unspeakable, falling in love is a whole other ballpark. So imagine their surprise when they got pregnant.

Our amazing little main protagonist, Hazel, is four years old, and even though she is away from her parents, she still has Klara, her grandmother, and is even going to school. Be it may, the school, and the place they are living is a little unconventional, but Hazel is safe for now, even though she is starting to have some important questions.

Marko and Alana are desperately looking for Hazel. They have reconciled a lot since the previous bind up, and are in a really good place right now. I mean, in as good as of a place you can be in when the whole universe is hunting you and your daughter and mother/mother-in-law are missing. I always love seeing Marko and Alana’s relationship unfold, and their always present and always heavy emphasis on their family.

Another thing I really loved about this particular bind-up was the emphasis on teachers and all the good they can do in the world. How important they can be, and how much they can impact a child’s life. It was really beautiful and I really appreciated seeing that representation. Noreen was everything.

This series, also, represents so many different sexualities, and I always love it so very much. Yes, this comic is for sure for adults, and much of the content is mature, but it packs such an explosive and important punch.

And the underlying message that surrounds this whole series is about race, and it is something so pure and beautiful and makes me feel like this story is handed down to us from above. I lose words thinking about it, yet feel so blessed to be impacted by it. Please, if you haven’t, give this series a try.

“You’ll never understand the way the worlds really work until you surround yourself with people from all sorts of weird backgrounds.”

I was crying pretty hard most of Chapter Thirty Six, but that ending shook me to my core. I cannot wait to get my hands on Vol. 7 on March 28th, 2017.

“Dying is one of the few experiences we’ll eventually all enjoy firsthand, and like most shit that’s commonplace, it’s boring to dwell on.”

As always, I’m now going to break down each chapter in this bind up. I mostly do this so I can go back and refresh what has happened in which specific issue. There will be SPOILERS, so please do not continue if you have not read this graphic-novel, Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4, or Vol. 5!

We get to see our MUCH GROWN UP Hazel, who is four years old and is in kindergarten. We soon realize that when she escaped with her grandmother, Klara, and Lexis, that they were put in some sort of prison like living center. It seems safe, even though Hazel must always hide the wings she has inherited from her mother. We are also introduced to a new character, Petrichor, who is transgender and absolutely amazing! I have such high hopes for her character!

Marko and Alana have not forgotten about their baby girl. They have searched for her every second of the time, while also repairing their love. They soon find out that Hazel is on Landfall, Alana’s native planet. We also get to see that Prince Robot IV is with Gus and Friendo, and his much older son that he is calling Squire.

Now that the Brand is dead, Upsher and Doff, the journalist and photographer from many issues past, have decided to try again with the story surrounding Marko, Alana, and Hazel. A much larger and softer the Will finds them, honoring his sister’s wishes from the grave, and decides to use that information to find Prince Robot IV, since he still wants retribution for the Stalk’s death.

Hazel, who has started having many important questions about who she is, has decided to show her teacher her wings. Her teacher fainted upon realizing what Hazel was, and hit her head pretty hard on a table. Petrichor finds her, and immediately wants to help and protect Hazel, because she too knows what it feels like to hide who you really are. Yet, the teacher is more than happy to keep Hazel’s secret. The Will is taking drugs to make him see the Stalk, and Upsher and Doff are in fear for their lives. Marko and Alana make Prince Robot IV go with them to rescue Hazel.

Upon rescuing Hazel, Marko and Alana hit a hive mine, but Marko goes ahead with the plan. The Will finds where Squire is, even though he is hoping to find Prince Robot IV, and is going to kill him, until the images he is seeing of the Stalk turn into the images of his sister, the Brand. Also, Ghüs gets angry.

The amazing teacher, in fear for Hazel’s life, is trying to sneak her out. The plan starts to turn bad on her, but not before Marko finds them first. I was honestly crying through this whole issue. Marko brings Hazel’s doll back to her, and hopes to bring her and his mom back to the ship where Alana and Prince Robot IV are waiting. Klara tells him that she has found a home that she is thriving in, and doesn’t wish to go with him, so Petrichor goes in her place.

I love these characters and this world; this graphic novel truly is a tier above the rest. Yet, if anything happens to Ghüs, I’ll riot.

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