Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5)
Multiple storylines collide in this cosmos-spanning new volume. While Gwendolyn and Lying Cat risk everything to find a cure for The Will, Marko makes an uneasy alliance with Prince Robot IV to find their missing children, who are trapped on a strange world with terrifying new enemies.Collecting: Saga 25-30

Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5) Details

TitleSaga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 9th, 2015
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632154385
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics

Saga, Vol. 5 (Saga, #5) Review

  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Over the last couple years, I've talked a lot about how some things bother me in storytelling. One of the things that bothers me the most is when a child is put in danger in order to grab cheap dramatic tension in a story. Even worse is when a child is hurt/killed/threatened order to build character or establish something about the world.90% of the time it's lazy storytelling of the highest degree, and 9% of the time it's little more than emotional abuse. I think of it as roughly equivalent to f Over the last couple years, I've talked a lot about how some things bother me in storytelling. One of the things that bothers me the most is when a child is put in danger in order to grab cheap dramatic tension in a story. Even worse is when a child is hurt/killed/threatened order to build character or establish something about the world.90% of the time it's lazy storytelling of the highest degree, and 9% of the time it's little more than emotional abuse. I think of it as roughly equivalent to fridging someone's love interest. Interestingly, Saga seems to be the exception to this rule for me. There are children in the story, in peril, and it feels real, but I never feel like the storytelling is cheap or making a bullshitty grab for my emotion. One of the many reasons this comic is amazing....
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    volume five. the saga continues. and this time the quest is for dragon spunk. naturally. this volume features all kinds of boss team-ups and more of that devastating foreshadowing(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]we will learn not to fuck with marko's mom. and kids will say the darndest things and, yes, there will be dragons but the real star of this volume, and my heart, is ghüs in his little butt-flap jammies and his little overalls oh, he's just so SWEET! sorry, buddy, but you are. i could ju volume five. the saga continues. and this time the quest is for dragon spunk. naturally. this volume features all kinds of boss team-ups and more of that devastating foreshadowing(view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]we will learn not to fuck with marko's mom. and kids will say the darndest things and, yes, there will be dragons but the real star of this volume, and my heart, is ghüs in his little butt-flap jammies and his little overalls oh, he's just so SWEET! sorry, buddy, but you are. i could just PINCH you!bad things happen in this one that made me sad. however, dead doesn't always mean dead, as i learned in volume 6, even if it's a qualified return of a character i was just starting to dig. but it's more than we get in the real world, so i guess i'll take what i can get.**************************************so much for restraint. i told myself i wouldn't burn through them, and look what i've done.but i swear i will hold off a while before reading the sixth one.yeah, yeah, yeah....review to come.
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    Not quite as good as the first four, but still a solid addition to the series.
  • Kemper
    January 1, 1970
    I've run out of ways to praise Saga at this point so I'll just say that it continues to be one of the most entertaining, creative, funny, heartbreaking, profane, graphically violent, and well drawn comics I've read.
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    January 1, 1970
    SHOUTOUT TO THIS CUTE LIL MUNCHKIN FOR BECOMING MY NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER:#NOTENOUGHGHÜSFirst off, I'd like to give myself a nice, big pat on the back for actually making a wise decision for once in my life woohoo! (Okay, maybe calling it "wise" is stretching it a bit considering the sizable dent gaping at me from my wallet now…) But I'm not sure I could've stopped myself from imploding this time round if I'd chosen not to order volumes 4-6 together because THESE CLIFFHANGERS WOULD HAVE BEEN TH SHOUTOUT TO THIS CUTE LIL MUNCHKIN FOR BECOMING MY NEW FAVOURITE CHARACTER:#NOTENOUGHGHÜSFirst off, I'd like to give myself a nice, big pat on the back for actually making a wise decision for once in my life woohoo! (Okay, maybe calling it "wise" is stretching it a bit considering the sizable dent gaping at me from my wallet now…) But I'm not sure I could've stopped myself from imploding this time round if I'd chosen not to order volumes 4-6 together because THESE CLIFFHANGERS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE VERY DEATH OF ME.Also, a second self-pat on the back is in order because I. Have. Finally. Found it. My soundtrack to Saga. Childish Gambino. Redbone. ALL PRAISE THE DONALD. No, not that pompous pumpkin, I mean this precious human:It took me five whole books to get here, but may Saint Mama Sun bless your soul for releasing the perfect song at the perfect time.Now let me get to explaining these missing one-stars: the action is still unimaginably insane, the crudity is still fucking delightful, the art is still a sight to behold and man are the emotional elements only increasingly more profound. But despite all this awesomeness packing a punch, where the first two volumes went HULK SMASH on me, the ones that have followed feel more and more like a HULK THWACK if you get what I mean. Right. Weird analogies. Probably not.What I'm saying is that when I picked up Volume 1, it more or less blew me away to smithereens like the 10, 20, ~500~ or so victims of Robot IV. Saga wasn't something you could think to compare to any other comic book because it stood on its own, completely different level. Hell, it still does except for the unfortunate fact that I appear to have become desensitized to it. For me, the kooky, no-bullshit approach and the barrage of shock value played a huuuge appeal to this galaxy and its many eccentricities. Don't get me wrong, there's still a boatload of that scattered throughout even now —dragon wank, anyone?— but this feeling that it invoked in me before:...has changed into something closer to this now:Which I suppose can't really be helped with anything that one gets too used to; Game of Thrones is testament to that. Ah well *shrugs* TIS STILL MY FAVOURITE COMIC SERIES OF ALL TIME AND YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO READ IT IF YOU HAVEN'T YET.Now I'm gonna go pray for my sanity and hope the next one's ending isn't too brutal– so long little luxuries of not having to wait for sequels, thou shalt be dearly missed.Final rating: 4.5 stars
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.... AND THE AWESOME KEEPS ON COMING.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    THAT'S MORE LIKE IT
  • Adam Silvera
    January 1, 1970
    OBSESSED.
  • Steph Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man, I need the next volume NOW!
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Vol. 1 ★★★★Vol. 2 ★★★★Vol. 3 ★★★★★Vol. 4 ★★★★ “Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.” This was my favorite volume, to date. And I say this in all of my Saga reviews, but Brian K. Vaughn is such a genius to make the voice of this comic the adorable daughter we know and love named Hazel. I feel more for this little hybrid cinnamon roll more than I do for most people I know in real life. Seriously, I want nothing bu Vol. 1 ★★★★Vol. 2 ★★★★Vol. 3 ★★★★★Vol. 4 ★★★★ “Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.” This was my favorite volume, to date. And I say this in all of my Saga reviews, but Brian K. Vaughn is such a genius to make the voice of this comic the adorable daughter we know and love named Hazel. I feel more for this little hybrid cinnamon roll more than I do for most people I know in real life. Seriously, I want nothing but the best for her and I will constantly buy this comic just to ensure her happiness. This bind-up also had my favorite page of any issue of this comic yet:With that caption, too, this page honestly broke me. I think that's the main theme of these six issues: sacrifice. And Brian K. Vaughn doesn't hold back with the feels. At least one, if not all, of the different examples of sacrifice will resonate with you, and it will hurt. Whether you're a parent, a sibling, or just a friend, Brian K. Vaughn is a master at empathy and it really shows on these pages.Loss is never easy, but loving someone with the sum of who you are isn't easy either. 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, or Vol. 4! CHAPTER TWENTY FIVE: We are thrown back into this amazing world, and then are immediately reminded of the terrible things that happened at the end of Vol. 4. Dengo is still with Alana and Klara, and has full control over Hazel and Prince Robot IV's baby. They all have been separated from Marko for three months now. Marko is with Prince Robot IV, Gus (the cutest character in the world), and Yuma (Alana's old drug dealer). Far away, the Will is still sick, but Gwen, the Brand, Sophie, and Lying Cat are looking for a dragon to collect magical sperm that will heal him. CHAPTER TWENTY SIX: Dengo tells a terrorist organization, The Last Revolution, where they are located and they come to take a look at Hazel to see if she is really the product of two people who are forbidden to breed. Dengo suddenly realizes that he has probably made a grave mistake by telling them their location. Meanwhile, Yuma finds more of the drug called fadeaway, and she and Marko decide to try it. CHAPTER TWENTY SEVEN: Marko and Yuma got a bad batch of fadeaway and are being haunted by their pasts. Gus and Prince Robot IV finds them, sees that they are both probably going to die from the drugs, and have to make a call to find out how to save them. CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHT: The Brand and Sophie have a heart to heart, where the Brand lets it slip that her real name is Sophie, too! The Stalk's brother finds them and gives them an ear drum that is supposed to help them track her killer. He then gives them a tip on how to locate the last remaining male dragon, so they can collect his sperm. The Last Revolution has found a buyer for Hazel. Marko and the gang's ship is under attack by the Royal Guard. There is a gas leak, which Gus was going to sacrifice himself to fix, but Yuma does instead. CHAPTER TWENTY NINE: Upon talking to the buyer, The Last Revolution realizes they are no longer going to be able to work with Dengo, because of his race. Dengo finally does what is right, and tries to help Alana. Marko and the gang barely get away from the Royal Guard, and because Gus has been tracking Friendo, Hazel's pet walrus, they crash land in that direction. The Brand, Gwen, Sophie, and Lying Cat finally find the cave that the male dragon is residing in, and find him in a very compromising position. Sophie feels responsible for the Will's injury, so she wants to collect the specimen, but, sticking with the theme of sacrifice, the Brand ends up dying to save Sophie. CHAPTER THIRTY: Because of the crash landing, Prince Robot IV looks in pretty bad shape. Hazel is with Klara, while Alana is carrying Prince Robot IV's baby and is with Dengo trying to escape the ship because they think Hazel and Klara are already off of it. Obviously, they end up being wrong and Hazel and Klara blast off in the ship with what is left of The Last Revolution people. Marko finally meets back up with his wife after being away for so long (this is the scene of my favorite art panel). Prince Robot IV takes matters into his own hands, and kills Dengo. Sophie and Gwen are able to heal the Will, who wakes up very angry, because he feels like his sister died trying to save him. And then the mother of all cliffhangers happens, when we see Hazel in school with other hybrid children! “Together, my parents had learned to be much more than "the sum of their parts", whatever that means. Separately, they were kind of just a mess.” Saga is so very good, and so very addictive. Again, it proves why it is the best graphic-novel out there right now, and I cannot wait to continue on with Vol. 6. Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    “Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.But what happens when those people disappear from our lives?”This review contains *spoilers*.What has this series done to me?I knew it wasn’t clever reading them back to back, but I guess I never learn my lesson because THAT ENDING. I don’t even know what to say except that I need more. I can’t get enough of this series.I just feel so empty now that I don’t have Saga in my hand “Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.But what happens when those people disappear from our lives?”This review contains *spoilers*.What has this series done to me?I knew it wasn’t clever reading them back to back, but I guess I never learn my lesson because THAT ENDING. I don’t even know what to say except that I need more. I can’t get enough of this series.I just feel so empty now that I don’t have Saga in my hands. Volume 5 picks up right where volume four left off. Alana and Marko are doing everything they can to reunite their family. I love this volume, but it was so, so heartbreaking. This series just keeps getting better and better. The characters are so well-drawn and memorable. I can't wait to start reading volume 6. “It had been three months seen I’d seen my father” three months.This broke my heart a little bit.Alana’s love for Hazel is heartwarming.And I’m so glad Marko and Alana got reunited, but now I miss Hazel so much. She’s grown so much. And I’m really sad.This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Enjoyed this one even more than the last one. Good stuff!
  • Megan Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    After reading Volume 4, I immediately had to pick up Volume 5. When this ends, I'm going to be so sad because it's just THAT GOOD. Admittedly though, this was my least favorite of the volumes thus far. It's not that it wasn't fantastic and entertaining, I just felt like not as much happened. But you know what, all of this set-up is bound to mean that something awesome is coming and that's well worth it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars not because it isn't an incredible work, but because compared to t After reading Volume 4, I immediately had to pick up Volume 5. When this ends, I'm going to be so sad because it's just THAT GOOD. Admittedly though, this was my least favorite of the volumes thus far. It's not that it wasn't fantastic and entertaining, I just felt like not as much happened. But you know what, all of this set-up is bound to mean that something awesome is coming and that's well worth it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars not because it isn't an incredible work, but because compared to the others it's just not as solid. Still, SO SO SO good. WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM
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  • Sean Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    Brian K. Vaughan is a very good, perhaps great, comic writer. Fiona Staples is a very good, perhaps great, comic artist. Saga gets fawned over more than a pile of fruit on the ground near a wooded area (because fawns like to eat fruit that’s fallen to the ground…get it?). And I like it. I do. I’ve read all 5 volumes, haven’t I?But, I don’t love it. Not like a fawn loves fallen fruit. Or even like hunters love depriving Bambi of his mother (too soon?). Volume 5, in particular, just didn’t quite c Brian K. Vaughan is a very good, perhaps great, comic writer. Fiona Staples is a very good, perhaps great, comic artist. Saga gets fawned over more than a pile of fruit on the ground near a wooded area (because fawns like to eat fruit that’s fallen to the ground…get it?). And I like it. I do. I’ve read all 5 volumes, haven’t I?But, I don’t love it. Not like a fawn loves fallen fruit. Or even like hunters love depriving Bambi of his mother (too soon?). Volume 5, in particular, just didn’t quite click for me. Maybe it’s because Alana and Marko are separated; maybe it’s because the whole The Will subplot was ridiculous (even I blanch a little at massive dinosaurs engaged in auto-fellatio, ridiculous prude that I am…actually, it’s not so much that I object to the concept; I just wish dino dude didn’t have to be so, erm, veiny…thanks, Ms. Staples, for THAT visual); maybe I just missed my daily dose of Kool-Aid because Kool-Aid man is a terrifying thug who should be doing time for breaking-and-entering and I ran and hid in a closet when he burst through my wall and sloshed his gooey red innards all over my living room furniture. Recalcitrant reprobate.Whatever the reason, no baby deering here. 3 stars. Solid, but unspectacular. I shall now return to my Kool-Aid Man-proof closet, lest the Saga lovers begin pummeling me with sugary red drinks.
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Where do I start with this one? There is so many things going on and it's a bit sad. I might as well just get into it. So the tv head named Dengo still has Alana, Hazel and Klara. He makes some stupid deal with the Revolution. They are actually bad people and they come and load everyone into their ship and they think they are going to take little Hazel somewhere and do some business. But, things never turn out as planned. Meanwhile... Prince IV (tv head), Marko, Ghus and Yuma are going across th Where do I start with this one? There is so many things going on and it's a bit sad. I might as well just get into it. So the tv head named Dengo still has Alana, Hazel and Klara. He makes some stupid deal with the Revolution. They are actually bad people and they come and load everyone into their ship and they think they are going to take little Hazel somewhere and do some business. But, things never turn out as planned. Meanwhile... Prince IV (tv head), Marko, Ghus and Yuma are going across the galaxy trying to find Alana, Hazel, Klara, the prince's child and the people that took them. Or things, not people per se. As you can imagine, Prince tv head and Marko are always fighting amongst each other! And in another area we have Gwen, The Brand and Sophie looking for a male dragon so they can extract something from him to help The Will. That whole situation is crazy train. And it doesn't work out too well for one of them. Actually, some things don't work out too well for a few people/things in the book. The ending was sad to me because it had been months since Alana and Marko were together and Marko had not seen Hazel in that time of course. And even though it ended okay for some, for Alana and Marko, Hazel was taken and the parting scene is her as a bigger girl. :-( Now I'm just waiting to see what happens in the next one. It's on pre-order and I really hope they get to see Hazel before she's a woman! MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    First book completed for cramathon! Honestly summer cramathon is such a #fail but I couldn't bring myself to cancel it so it's a very self-motivated readathon lol. anyway enough about my readathon, this book! !!!!! I think the one star that was deducted from this is entirely my fault, because I needed to reread the previous volume in order to understand what's happening in this one. But that copy is in storage. :( So I deducted a star just because since things were out of context, it took me the First book completed for cramathon! Honestly summer cramathon is such a #fail but I couldn't bring myself to cancel it so it's a very self-motivated readathon lol. anyway enough about my readathon, this book! !!!!! I think the one star that was deducted from this is entirely my fault, because I needed to reread the previous volume in order to understand what's happening in this one. But that copy is in storage. :( So I deducted a star just because since things were out of context, it took me the entire book to get back into the swing of things and remember what conflicts were occurring. But despite this, I can do nothing but applaud this series. It's vulgar and explicit, but it's so authentic and at times, hilarious, that I can't help but love it. Every single character is just so weird lookin', and it keeps me glued to every page. This works so well because of the art, which I think is fabulous and gorgeous. Altogether, it's just an amazing series with a complex web of subplots, characters, and themes. I adore Marko and Alana, and although I wish the story was more central to them, it's been very entertaining seeing more of the world and more creatures and more landscapes and more technology and it's just absolutely fascinating how limitless the author's ideas are. I'm not a fan of sci-fi, but this series is an automatic buy for me.
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  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Things are back on track. This was action-packed from beginning to end! No more angst and family drama. Alana and Marko were awesome. Gwendolyn is growing on me and is not just the angry ex. I like The Brand, but sad now. Ghus is awesome. The dragons. Hazel growing up is so cute.I see some people have said they didn't like this one as much, but it was my favorite since the first volume!Volume One: ★★★★★Volume Two: ★★★★★Voume Three: ★★★Volume Four: ★★★
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "Regardless of sex, everyone loses something in a war...but the first casualty is always the truth."Saga is the only graphic novel series that I care about. I've tried others, even by Brian K. Vaughan, but nothing ever fascinated me as much as this series does. It's the combination of ultimate suspense and diversity of characters. Not once in the five volumes did I get bored. The many unique characters and subplots bring out a variety of emotions: love, hate, fear, excitement and thrill. (And is "Regardless of sex, everyone loses something in a war...but the first casualty is always the truth."Saga is the only graphic novel series that I care about. I've tried others, even by Brian K. Vaughan, but nothing ever fascinated me as much as this series does. It's the combination of ultimate suspense and diversity of characters. Not once in the five volumes did I get bored. The many unique characters and subplots bring out a variety of emotions: love, hate, fear, excitement and thrill. (And is it wrong to feel sexually attracted to heartless assasins and snakelike rebels? I mean, look at those abs!)I'm so in love with the artwork. I need this series on my bookshelves. I need Volume 6 now.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    Re-Read 5/15/18:And just when I started to love ANOTHER CHARACTER... I have to get heartbroken again. Not all characters, of course, but some have a special place in my heart. ; ;What a fantastic series. Heavy-hitting, pull no punches, freakstorm. Original Review:Still seriously wicked cool. The story is fantastic, but so is the art. The pacing is divine and it is so damn funny and disturbing at the same time I just can't understand why EVERYONE hasn't just gone bonkers over this title.I mean, m Re-Read 5/15/18:And just when I started to love ANOTHER CHARACTER... I have to get heartbroken again. Not all characters, of course, but some have a special place in my heart. ; ;What a fantastic series. Heavy-hitting, pull no punches, freakstorm. Original Review:Still seriously wicked cool. The story is fantastic, but so is the art. The pacing is divine and it is so damn funny and disturbing at the same time I just can't understand why EVERYONE hasn't just gone bonkers over this title.I mean, my only complaint is that it comes out too slow and I have to wait so long for each issue!I am a lifelong fan. Period.
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  • Will M.
    January 1, 1970
    I honestly don't know how this series will get better in the future. Volume 2-3 for me were the peak of the series, and volume 4 slightly resulted to decline. This fifth volume was not that bad, because it brought out an even more weird side to the series. What's running inside my head though is that how could this improve even more, enough for me to give it a five star rating? Hopefully volume 6 could answer that.This volume brought out Vaughan's weird side even more. I liked how they were on a I honestly don't know how this series will get better in the future. Volume 2-3 for me were the peak of the series, and volume 4 slightly resulted to decline. This fifth volume was not that bad, because it brought out an even more weird side to the series. What's running inside my head though is that how could this improve even more, enough for me to give it a five star rating? Hopefully volume 6 could answer that.This volume brought out Vaughan's weird side even more. I liked how they were on a mission to collect dragon cum, and ended up almost collecting from a female dragon. It was just a massive amount of twists and turns that led to me enjoying it. It also focused on themes like war, politics, and family. My favorite character in the series is The Will. No, it's not because we share the same name, but because he's the most badass among them all. Alana and Marko are also great, but The Will is still my favorite among the three. He didn't really show up in here except in the end, so that's a thumbs down for this volume. I'm glad though that Vaughan decided to write a bit more about Marko's past. It's a great way to develop a character further. One of my concerns though is that I have no idea when and how would I ever like the narrator. She seems nonexistent to me, despite the fact that she's speaking almost every page. I'm hoping that I'm going to learn to like her eventually. The author is hinting for more appearances of the daughter.The artwork of the series in general should be commended. It's one of the best ones out there today, and I strongly believe it's going to stay like that, if not, even better. I like how the characters are portrayed, because it makes the graphic novel vivid. Sometimes when the artwork is bad I tend to lose interest, so thankfully Saga continuously provides its fans with amazing artwork.4/5 stars. A solid addition to the series, but not quite as good as I was expecting. It was a little bit all over the place, but still massively enjoyable. Highly recommended for those who have read vol. 1-4, and I'm recommending the series in general to those who are still reluctant to give this a try.
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  • Petrik
    January 1, 1970
    Another 3.5 stars from me here!Buddy reading this entire series with my favorite Princess CelesteFirst of all, I would like to apologize for spamming everyone's timeline with my mini reviews on this series. This is one of the reason why I don't review my mangas or graphic novels.The series is really fast to read, I'm not joking, each volume will take you 30-40 minute max to finish so that's the reason for these spams. There's one more volume available left which I'll do tomorrowThat said, I must Another 3.5 stars from me here!Buddy reading this entire series with my favorite Princess CelesteFirst of all, I would like to apologize for spamming everyone's timeline with my mini reviews on this series. This is one of the reason why I don't review my mangas or graphic novels.The series is really fast to read, I'm not joking, each volume will take you 30-40 minute max to finish so that's the reason for these spams. There's one more volume available left which I'll do tomorrowThat said, I must say I'm really starting to like this graphic novel. It's a shame though that it took more than 3 volume for me to really like it but hey, I heard the series will be a long one so there is a LOT of room for improvement and a chance for me to grow to love this series. Volume 5 maintain the quality from its predecessors and move the story much further. I really love the narration done by Hazel here, even though it's really short and simple, it managed to capture the horror of war and the struggle of parenthood. Some twists and turns happened in this volume, the plot is fast-paced and captivating, another improvement in artwork and character developments make Saga a really entertaining short read.
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  • Kaitlin
    January 1, 1970
    This is phenomenal, witty, funny, thought-provoking, marvellous and hilarious. I think this may even top Volume 4 for me which I utterly loved... I don't even know any more because every time I think I've seen the best of it they bring out something even more crazy brilliant! There are some pages in this which made me ponder, other pages made me smile or feel sadness, and some even made me full on giggle out loud! It's a ridiculous space-adventure with so many characters and wonderfully designed This is phenomenal, witty, funny, thought-provoking, marvellous and hilarious. I think this may even top Volume 4 for me which I utterly loved... I don't even know any more because every time I think I've seen the best of it they bring out something even more crazy brilliant! There are some pages in this which made me ponder, other pages made me smile or feel sadness, and some even made me full on giggle out loud! It's a ridiculous space-adventure with so many characters and wonderfully designed cultures and quips. I cannot wait to read more and enjoy it ever more, it continues to go up and up!This volume in particular brings together questions about the parents of the family, What is a sacrifice, what does it mean to do these sprawling epic adventure quests for those you love or care for? The questions we encounter are BIG questions, when you counter this with the light, fun and action-packed panels of Staples' art, well you can;t really go wrong.I think Ghus is my favourite character, he's SOOOOoooOOOO squish-able and cute and I just adore seeing him, especially in his little red jump suit! :D I also really love Lying Cat too though, and our main characters of course! So many wonderful and wacky creatures and people, it just continues to expand and get better every time!What I think I most admire and love about this series is that there's an even balance between fantastic art and fabulous storyline, neither one out weighs the other in my opinion and each of them is just so brilliantly balanced by the other. I think the pacing and the story just work so well because we're always getting new things, but it doesn't feel hurried or rushed, rather we're being pulled deeper into the universe and the battles and struggles of our characters and rooting for them all the way.This is phenomenal, beautiful and excellent, a fantastic 5*s of course and I HIGHLY recommend this series to any and all :)
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  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    January 1, 1970
    I read the single issues of this, but plan to pick up the trade of this when it comes out anyways.LEMME JUST SAY WHAT THE HELL HOW I CAN I WAIT AGAIN? UGH THIS VOLUME WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. If you can't wait i HIGHLY suggest picking the single issues up!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Just not as impressed with this one. Hope the next is better!
  • Matthew
    January 1, 1970
    Volume 5 was a very entertaining entry in the Saga saga (I have been wanting to use that one for awhile!) Lots of twists, turns, reunions, separations, cliffhangers, deaths, cool weapons, strange creatures, fascinating planets, and general debauchery.The first few volumes of this did not sell me, but now I am very into this series and I look forward to continuing!
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  • Shannon (leaninglights)
    January 1, 1970
    Love Saga. This one flew by!
  • Brierly
    January 1, 1970
    Now that I'm finished with the fifth volume of Saga, I feel like it is time to share my thoughts. So many of you have reviewed the first volume; I rather enjoyed volume five so here we go:First, understand that Saga is a space opera centered on the relationship and trials of Alana and Marko, primarily narrated via flashback through their young daughter, Hazel. The entire idea of a saga, to start in the middle, go back, and go forward in time, is perfectly encapsulated around Hazel's lifespan... Now that I'm finished with the fifth volume of Saga, I feel like it is time to share my thoughts. So many of you have reviewed the first volume; I rather enjoyed volume five so here we go:First, understand that Saga is a space opera centered on the relationship and trials of Alana and Marko, primarily narrated via flashback through their young daughter, Hazel. The entire idea of a saga, to start in the middle, go back, and go forward in time, is perfectly encapsulated around Hazel's lifespan... volume 1 opens with Hazel's birth, but we see moments before, after, and to the side of Hazel's story. Hazel's thoughts are embedded text with no speech balloon; she provides ominous commentary on events. Literally every time a character is about to die or leave the main narrative, Hazel's commentary breaks my heart. Before a character death in Vol. 5, Hazel says "But here's the secret about most sacrifices... there's nothing selfless about them at all." Saga will have you racing through the pages to learn more.Saga not only has vivid, gorgeous depictions of alien races, but also, a tightly wound plot that also features mercenary The Will and royal Prince Robot IV. I have never read anything like Saga before. I do enjoy sequential art but I have struggled to find a "novel-like" comic series that floats my boat. Saga succeeds here where others do not, because the opera interweaves multiple plots that converge in unexpected ways. In particular, by Vol. 5 we learn more about what I'll refer to as the main subplot: young Sophie, The Brand/Sophie, and Gwendolyn are questing to find an antidote to The Will's coma. Young Sophie in particular has aged as dramatically as Hazel has; by Vol. 5, Sophie is a trained Page working for Gwendolyn. Now, Gwendolyn is Marko's ex-fiancee, and Sophie is the ward of mercenary The Will, who is unfortunately on a mission to kill our beloved main characters. So, every time this group succeeds, Alana, Marko and Hazel fall into more danger. But here's the thing... I like The Will, and Gwendolyn and Sophie, and even The Brand. Saga's antiheroes are as compelling as its protagonists.Vol. 5 in particular deals with distance and pain. Spoiler-free summary: With the kidnapping of the Princeling, Hazel, Alana, and Klara, Dengo calls upon a fringe Resistance group to form an alliance, but soon discovers that he has brought himself into far more danger. Meanwhile, Marko and Prince Robot IV team up to find their kidnapped children, while Gwendolyn, Sophie, Lying Cat, and The Brand fall into peril while questing to rescue The Will. This isn't the happiest volume, but I do think it is a spectacular edition.
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Every volume just gets better and better. I'm obsessed. PS: Marko is still a stone cold fox.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Turns out I didn't wait long enough to start this series. I have fast run out of Saga and that is a tragedy. When is the next book? Siiiiigh. (Reminder to self for next time starting a Brian K. Vaughan series: the "long enough" time to wait to start a series of his is "when it's already finished".)More than any other book in this series so far, I feel like Volume 5 really hit home for me why this series is called "Saga". The focus of the story is so personal and intimate, and yet the scope of it Turns out I didn't wait long enough to start this series. I have fast run out of Saga and that is a tragedy. When is the next book? Siiiiigh. (Reminder to self for next time starting a Brian K. Vaughan series: the "long enough" time to wait to start a series of his is "when it's already finished".)More than any other book in this series so far, I feel like Volume 5 really hit home for me why this series is called "Saga". The focus of the story is so personal and intimate, and yet the scope of it is epic and galactic, and has far-reaching consequences for very big and important things. The whole time you're reading, you just have this sense of each individual story being part of this huge whole that is only slowly being revealed to you, and also, that you will never entirely see the real whole, because there's just too much of it to see.And it's just, it's so well done. The storytelling is so focused on the individual, but it's through those individual characters that we can see the larger things BKV is concerned with: family, love, and meditations on war and violence begetting nothing but violence. And there's no heavy handedness at all. Part of the reason for this is that even as we're watching characters make mistakes or hurt other characters, we always understand why they're doing it. (view spoiler)[We sympathize with Dengo and his mission even though we know he's going about everything the wrong way, and when he finally realizes that, too, along comes Prince Robot IV to take his revenge and halt Dengo's redemption story right in its tracks. And we understand why he does that, too, especially as he takes his infant son from Dengo's arms. (hide spoiler)]And all of these little moments will have consequences, rippling out from their points in time, until someone finally steps out and stops the cycle. Also, I just fucking love all these characters. BKV is so good at characters. I don't even know how he does it. Also, I just have to confess, Marko is hot. He's fucking hot, ya'll. I'm super into it.If you're hesitating at all about picking up this series, stop it right now. But maybe also, don't stop it? At least until the next trade paperback comes out. The need for the next part of the story is intensely real.And seriously, that wasn't a rhetorical question at the beginning of this review. When is the next one??
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  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    WrensReads Review:"Every Relationship is an education.Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.But what happens when those people disappear from our lives?"This series covers a lot of different feels. It covers the feels of enlistment, the feels of losing someone to 'meaningless' war, the feels of fighting a battle that wasn't your's to begin with, the feels of losing a child, the feels of losing a sibling, the feels o WrensReads Review:"Every Relationship is an education.Each new person we welcome into our hearts is a chance to evolve into something radically different than we used to be.But what happens when those people disappear from our lives?"This series covers a lot of different feels. It covers the feels of enlistment, the feels of losing someone to 'meaningless' war, the feels of fighting a battle that wasn't your's to begin with, the feels of losing a child, the feels of losing a sibling, the feels of losing a friend. The art in here is spectacular and graphic, and not for the faint at heart. We see a lot of what we usually do: horrible deaths, people with no other options, and heartbreak. Hazel's parents are separated (in the literal sense, not in the divorce sense), Hazel is basically being sold to the enemy by someone you would think would be on her side. My favorite little cat-lady is trying to right her wrongs but gets more wrongs in the process and the past comes to haunt The Will.The story is just as spectacular as it has always been. So if you have liked them thus far, you will like this one just as much.WrensReads | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram
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