Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples (Saga #5)


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Title: Saga, Volume 5
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: June 6, 2017
Date Started: June 12, 2017
Date Finished: June 15,, 2017
Reading Duration: 3 days
Genre: Graphic Novel/Comic, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance, Space Opera

Pages: 152
Publication Date: September 9, 2015
Publisher: Image Comics
Media: Paperback

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.

The volume reveals a Hunger Games vibe when it’s discovered that Landfallian soldiers were originally chosen by lottery, but as the war raged on, it moved away from the original progenitors whose descendants never know its horrors, and the commentary here is brilliant.  How many super powers have started or ordered wars that will never touch them?  Also, it’s never made clear (at least not yet) who started the conflict between Landfall and Wreath, and even if this knowledge is never revealed, it doesn’t matter.

We don’t know why the wings and the horns are at each other’s throats besides the symbolic Paradise Lost/war of Heaven vs. Hell motif, which brings up some interesting questions about the narrative’s take on that.  Obviously, the prevailing notion is that Heaven/God were right and Hell/Satan were wrong, but to look at it objectively, it was really a battle of free will vs. determinism; knowledge vs. belief (or if we want to be harsher, ignorance).  Having the Landfallians own the wings whereas their moon is populated by “horns” whom they’d dubbed the derogatory “moony,” implies there might have been uprising and revolution on the satellite’s part.

It’s not like slavery, especially of the sexual sort, isn’t tackled in the most horrific way in this series, and again, Saga blurs the lines between hero and villain.  The “heroes,” Alana and Marko, don’t always perform the most virtuous deeds, and the “villains,” The Will and Prince Robot IV aren’t always the most nefarious monsters in the room.  There is always someone or something far worse.

And it goes on…

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9 thoughts on “Saga: Volume 5 by Brian K Vaughn and Fiona Staples (Saga #5)

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  3. Excellent post! 🙂 This story manages to touch on so many subjects, the good and the bad, and it’s reflected really well in the characters going through all of it. Like you said, these aren’t totally good and totally evil characters, and that’s what makes them all so interesting.
    It’s one of the same reasons I got so sucked into ASOIAF. Give me complex and well-written characters and I am a happy girl. 😀

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      • Yesssss!! 😀 I am so pumped for the rest of the season. The first three or five minutes alone had me in a viewing frenzy. lol It was like I literally could not watch the episode fast enough if that even makes any sense. 😛 I blame HBO for making us wait longer than the usual Spring premier date. It had me having Westeros withdrawal.

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        • Did you see the nonsense about Ed Sheeran? The poor guy had to take down his Twitter because he was bullied so much. First, I didn’t even know who he was, and second, he was singing. That’s what he does! Apparently, he made a cameo because Maisie Williams loves him, so they got him to do that scene, which was so sweet and sad. Ugh, fandoms irk me sometimes. And of course people are bitching about other things. Like, okay, I get that D&D could have done some things better, but all in all, it’s a decent show. It’s not above critique, because nothing is, but it really seems like some people want to complain about it just for the sake of complaining. Personally, I can’t WAIT for the next episode.

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          • YES! I can’t wait for tonight’s episode either! 😀 😀 😀
            Wow, I didn’t know Ed Sheeran had to take down his twitter like that over being bullied. That’s crazy. I don’t know a whole lot about him, and while the cameo felt a little random to me, it wasn’t like it was bad or anything acting-wise. Like you said, he pretty much just mostly sang a song while the other guys did a lot of the talking with Arya. Out of all the awesomeness going on during that episode a cameo by a singer was definitely on the backburner in my mind. I can’t believe people harped on him about it. It’s sad to hear that people ragged him so hard for it. He isn’t even the first musician to do a cameo in the show, either, so I wonder why he got dragged through the mud for it like that. :/
            I think this season is going to be amazing though. Just from the stuff that first episode set up for us, I’m really excited! 🙂

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            • It was ridiculous. Honestly, I didn’t even know that it was him until the internet exploded in a fiery ball of hatred. They needed a singing soldier and he has a good voice and an innocent looking face. t made sense that he was there, because that scene was supposed to show Arya that while they were Lannister soldiers, they were just people! Ugh I swear.

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