A New Hope in Saga
In 1977 “Star Wars: A New Hope” came out and arguably created the largest sand box that geeks get to play in. The movies have exploded into books, TV, and comics on top of just about everything else that you could possibly put its name on. Most of it is quality work and a small fraction not so much (cough episodes 1 through 3). One thing that has stayed consistent through the movies is the PG feel to them. Even recently two short run comics from Dark Horse has come out. “Darth Vader: Ghost Prison” and “Boba Fett: Blood Ties” have come out and both were great in showing a deeper look into these characters but something seemed a little off. These two characters are viewed as two of the most bad ass characters in this universe yet their stories lack the adult feel that they deserve.
The genius of Star Wars can also be considered its Achilles heel. The movies and other media have always been geared towards children with just a little touch of adult situations letting everyone enjoy the ride. As the Star Wars fan base ages the Star Wars universe stays arrested in its kid friendly point of view. The question then is where do these fans go when they want the feel of the Star Wars universe but with an adult perspective?
The answer is in “Saga”. Saga is the tale of Marko and Alana who have just given birth to their baby girl Hazel. The problem is that Marko and Alana are from two different sides of a war that is going on. Prince Robot IV (yes, an actual Robot) has charged “The Will” a bounty hunter to capture these fugitives. So far the story is about Marko and Alana trying to get some distance from their pursuers. Along the way we are privileged to see some other facets of this genius new universe like Izabel a teenage ghost and babysitter to Hazel, to “The Will” visiting planet Sextillion (have to see to believe).
Brian K. Vaughn the writer of Saga, admits that Star Wars was one of his influences. Saga definitely has a Star Wars feel to it with its unique characters and intriguing worlds (thanks in part to the beautiful art of Fiona Staples). The major thing that takes Saga out of the Star Wars sandbox is its very adult feel (for real check out Sextillion). This comic is definitely one for the aging Star Wars fan and just about anyone who enjoys a well thought out story. This ongoing Image comic has already made it to the top of my comic stack for that week and will for the foreseeable future be staying there. In a world where ongoing comics usually means a villain of the week standard Saga stands out above the rest. On a grading scale this book would set the standard for being a 10 out of 10.