I expected this to ease my pain and heartbreak after Volume 7, which only led to the feeling of disappointment. Trying not to expect things can be a challenge and I failed miserably.
First off - I still
am obsessed love this series. This review only reflects my feelings about this volume and not the story line as a whole. My opinion on the series still has not changed, but I feel my feelings are justified on this collection.
I normally try to remain 100% spoiler fee, but there is no way to discuss my feelings without revealing spoilers from the prior issues. So, here is your warning.
SPOILERS ABOUT VOLUME 7 ARE BELOW
Volume 7 ended with Fiona clearly losing her unborn child. Heartache rippled across the pages and left us dangling off an edge. I expected this volume to be hard, while the pain reverberated through the family. And it did. Kind of. We get glimpses of the pain, conflict and guilt that Fiona struggles with, but overall I didn't feel that it really reflected the aftermath of such an event. If everyone's emotions were a lake, Volume 8 was the skipping stone that bounced of the surface. My standard of what to expect from this series is pretty high, especially because Vaughan typically excels at relaying emotional reactions onto the pages.
This volume also held a lot less issues than all the previous collections. With only 6 issues combined vs the previous volumes, which typically contained twice this number. It showed. I felt like I was missing something and ultimately I wonder if it effected my enjoyment. There is a reason I don't read the issues of this series. A personal preference and always worth the wait.
Volume 8 did do a great job - once again - on social issues. Especially, abortion. With a wide variety of viewpoints, medical discussions and personal reflections of characters own biases, the topic was delicately handled.
All in all - still a series I love as a whole, but this was my least favorite volume so far.