Alana and Marko are in love. She has wings, horns. Their peoples are in war for ages, a conflict which eventually split the galaxy into two camps. But no matter what, they love each other. The fruit of their union is called Hazel and will carry the attributes of both its parents: the wings and horns. If the new anyone nds out, it could change the course of the war… Their heads are so prices. How to raise a child in such extreme conditions?

Since 2012, the comic strip Saga tells the daily hectic of a couple on the lam and their daughter, narrator of the story that we see grow over the tomes. The ninth volume has just been published in France by Urban Comics and the next should not happen before 2020, since the series was paused for at least a year, according to its writer Brian K. Vaughan ( Y: the last man, The Lords of Baghdad ). A good opportunity to immerse yourself in this exciting book, which has received 12 awards, Eisner and 17 price Harvey.

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Navigating between space opera and fairy tale, the plot of Saga is very mature, both in its representation without concession to violence and sex in the sharpness of the writing of his characters, including female (Alana and Hazel, the ex-soldier transgender Pétrichor, the baby-sitter, the ghost Izabel, etc.). Exotic devil, this roadtrip galactic showcases a wide variety of alien races of intelligent, humanoid or not, in a universe where coexist advanced technology and magical powers, bounty hunters, ruthless and cats lie detectors.

Alana, Marko, and these daughter Hazel are enjoying a well-deserved rest. Urban Comics

Panting, peppered with plot twists and cliffhangers, Saga is slowing down sometimes the pace to focus on the parent-child relationship, the true subject of the work. The author Brian K. Vaughan doesn’t hide: “I started writing the screenplay for Saga while I had just to be a father. So I wanted to explore the theme of parenthood, he says the site Brain Damaged. My personal experience is often at the base of my creation, and in this case, I wanted to talk about authorship from a different angle, to make a story fantastic, original and not boring.”

The questions that the writer in the u.s. is found in his comic book: pass it to her child? What keys give him to face the world? How people can he participate in his education? The angle of “family” rather rare in the world of comics, which echoes the excerpt below.

The box BD Hazel on the shoulders of Prince Robot IV. Urban Comics

Volume of transition, volume 9 of Saga contains many fragments of daily life that contrast with the intensity of habitual comic book science-fiction: a discussion on the moral responsibility of writers and journalists, a memorable and acrobatic moment of intimacy between Alana and Marko… or even Hazel in the middle of the battle aquatic with Prince Robot IV (pictured left), Ghüs and Pétrichor (off-field). These funny baby-sitters form a second circle of family and each contribute in their own way to the education of the girl child, in the absence of his parents.

This board is bright and the enthusiasm typically childish that emerges will resonate easily with the memories of the readers, while displaying elements of a strangeness to be beneficial (horns and wings of Hazel of course, but also the funny-shaped head of television of the prince). This grounding in the real, and this subtle feeling of familiarity, lacking in many works of SF too focused on their storyline drumming, is one of the strong points of the series. And so what if the line of Fiona Staples, soft and without research of virtuosity, in désarçonne some.