Chapter 19 of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples sci-fi series gives us something never seen before; a close up view of a baby with a TV for a head being born.
And this is part of what makes this comic so endearing.
In turns Vaughan makes us ooh, ahh and go uurgh.
I won’t spoil the effect by posting that image here.
We jump forward slightly in time in this chapter.
Our star crossed lovers are still on the run, living in hiding on the planet Gardenia.
Times are tough for a couple in hiding.
Being the primary care-giver can be a thankless task.
And wearing a huge wig and acting in a really tacky soap opera also has its problems.
At its heart this story has always been about the relationship dynamics of the main characters.
Writers who want a really loyal following ignore that at their peril.
Brian K. Vaughan nails it.
I really care about Marko and Alana.
Their squabbles, their sense of humour and their need for each other just rings true.
Despite the floating ghost babysitter and the spaceships.
All of which are cool.
But importantly they don’t detract from how believable the story seems.
After a three month hiatus this chapter feels like the beginning of a new story ark for Saga.
And I can’t wait to see where they take it.