Released: April 4th 2017
Issues: Saga 37-42
I have to confess that I put off reading volume seven for a little bit; I was hesitant to catch up, simply because I knew the wait after would be that much worse (is it January yet?). The artwork is as beautiful as ever (Fiona Staples is the best), and the plot is supremely woven and completely unafraid in its refusal to pull punches.
While this can really be said about any and all of the volumes, please be prepared for the feels in this one. It can and will make you cry (if what it did to me was any indicator at least). All the other volumes have been heavy hitters…but I feel like this one has the most of those scenes? Perhaps it just felt that way because I don’t have the “the next volume is waiting for you right over there” comfort, but I don’t think it’s that. This is one of those volumes that’s hard to comment on – it feels as though every event has an immediate backlash which would be considered huge spoilers (at least by me).
Hazel and family are forced to stop no Phang (a comet) to refuel. Considering the comet is constantly torn asunder by war (over the natural resources available if course), this is less than ideal. What should have been a couple hour detour turns into months, and the family becomes close to many of the refugees in the area.
The Will is having a tough time of things, though the good news is he appears to be kicking his drug habit; unfortunately not before it costs him his job. Sophie and Liar Cat both choose to stay with Gwendolyn over going with him, which while I agree with their decision was pretty sad to see.
Hazel’s voice-over during high impact scenes somehow managed to bring even more emotion and depth to what was going on. The blend is both morbid and beautiful, and just so masterfully done.