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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published January 13th 2018
After suffering a tragedy, Marko and Alana start again
Saga Volume 8
Vaughan & Staples

The eighth volume of Saga was released on the 2nd of January 2018. It contains issues 43 through to 48 and continues the story after the tragic events that occurred at the end of the War for Phang arc.

In volume seven, Hazel and her newly reunited family travel to the war-ravaged comet Phang in a search for rocket fuel. They end up making some new friends and making a home on the comet for a little while.

Their short-lived peace comes to a brutal end when news reaches them that Phang is about to fly into an entity known as a Timesuck. The family are able to escape in their rocket ship but in the rush to leave, a heavily pregnant Alana is thrown against a bulkhead and loses her unborn son.

Volume eight picks up a little bit after volume seven finished. Alana and her family travel to a distant world in search for an abortion because now that her child has passed it will not leave her womb on its own and the longer it stays in there the more of a risk it will pose to Alana's health.

In an extra twist, Alana suddenly develops the ability to cast Wreath spells. This is unusual because only people with Wreath blood should be able to cast spells. When Alana lost her baby, it transferred its ability to do spells to her. Alana is confused and frightened by her new abilities and struggles to control them.

Her guilt and sadness cause her magic to go haywire and "forecast" a projection of what their future son might have been. The result is a young boy named Kurti. A forecast is a powerful projection spell that shows a vision of a possible future.

Kurti is a ghost who talks and laughs and ask questions and thinks he is their son. Kurti seems harmless but the longer he hangs around the more of a risk there is to Alana because if she keeps the spell going for too long she could go into cardiac arrest.

Saga: Volume Eight
has a lot of interesting things to say about miscarriage, abortion and women's rights. Alana and Marko's options are limited because of their status as outlaws so they have to go to a place called Abortion Town, but when they get there, they are turned away because local laws forbid women in their third trimester from getting an abortion.

Abortion Town falls under Landfall Jurisdiction. Alana and her companion are told if they don't like the rules the wings' decide for a woman's body then they can take it up with the wings' elected officials most of which aren't women.

Alana and her family are forced to travel to a place called "The Badlands" which Alana describes as the "creepy back alley option" available on the planet. When they reach the Badlands, they are met with what looks like a horrible monster at first. But looks are deceiving. The person they meet – an Endwife – is just an ordinary doctor who performs a much-needed task for women in desperate need.

Alana is taken into an operating room and Marko admits he has his doubts about the morality of getting an abortion. The Endwife tells him that no one usually gets a termination so late in a pregnancy unless they discover a life-threatening birth defect in the foetus or something happens to put the mother's life in danger.

People think that abortion is a horror show but as Saga: Volume Eight points out sometimes bad things happen to good people and women like Alana lose their baby in the womb or they might discover that their foetus has a terrible birth defect and won't survive for long after birth.

No one gets an abortion in their third trimester unless they have suffered a tragedy. Women should never be forced to choose the creepy, back-alley option like Alana had to do in Saga because when we restrict women's access to abortions we put their lives at risk.
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Why? Saga Volume Eight contains issues 43 through to 48 and explores the topic of abortion, miscarriage and women’s rights.
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $17 - $25
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