Friday, March 17, 2017

"Saga Vol. 7" explores new friendships & refugee plights

The imaginative, intergalactic world of Saga is a sight to behold, and the original vision it took to create it is worthy of admiration.  Appropriately dubbed by many pundits as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' space opera features characters both large and small, humanistic and animalistic, in a galaxy that resembles a retro nightclub gone ballistic with creatures on opposite ends of the sexuality spectrum.  And now, with the release of its Volume Seven Trade Paperback, Saga boldly ventures into new unexplored depths of its faraway and diverse galaxy.

Finally reunited with their young daughter Hazel - from whom they were periodically separated in Volume Six - parents Marco and Alana encounter new friends and foes, all the while attempting maneuver a large comet that is the central battleground of their two respective races who come from Landfall and Wreath.  We meet Miss Jabarah, a small, tailed creature whose race continues to be persecuted by the downfalls of a long and grueling war; there's also The March, a two-headed assassin who resembles a drag queen with long, skinny legs; and young Kurti, a rodent-type creature of Jabarah's race, who becomes a close friend to Hazel, and even add in contributing to her first kiss.  The fates of all of them will be determined in the explosive final climax that will leave the eventual outcome hanging in the balance, and leave the readers in the dark - literally.

Vaughan's story, as original and as exciting as it may have been early on, is beginning to lose steam, if ever so slightly, and one does wonder how long he plans to stretch it before concluding it altogether (The Walking Dead has jumped the shark looooong ago, and I can only hope that Saga does not succumb to the same fate).  Staples' artwork is as enthralling and mesmerizing as ever, and her style is clearly a match made in heaven for Vaughan's vast imagination.  Saga: Volume Seven may not quite be the intergalactic wonder it once was, but it's still one of the best and most original comic books out there.  I just hope that it finds its ultimate closure before it runs out of fuel, much like its heroes' organic rocket ship.

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