By Ali Colluccio
I’m going to be honest with you, dear readers. I haven’t really been feeling my comics lately. I’ve been trying to articulate what it is, but I’m not sure I know. Nothing’s bowling me over with awesome these days. My usual OH MY GOD I HAZ TO TAKE ABOUT THIS IN ALL CAPS BECAUSE AMAZEBALLS-ness has really evened out lately. Last week I didn’t even make it to the shop, and such was my malaise that it didn’t really bother me. I mean, I spent most of my night googling “Jared Padalecki’s hair” instead of reading comics (seriously though, that hair! it’s like its own spectacular and wondrous being).
I digress. The point that I am so poorly articulating is I’m a bit bored with my comics. Comics and I have been a thing for about 5 years now. And every relationship goes through its rough patches and low points. Maybe this is just a lull. Maybe I need to add some spice to the relationship. I’m not going to just cut and run the second things start getting dull. We can work it out, comics! This relationship is worth it! Maybe talking about the Best Stuff will make me feel better.
This is the comic that restores my faith in comics. “Saga” is everything comics should strive to be: masterful storytelling, stunning artwork, well-developed characters, and issues that always leave you aching for the next one.
It’s a story of love and family and hope in the face of terrible odds. I think it’s the hope in “Saga” that I love most. I feel like a lot of what I’m seeing lately, particularly from DC, is dark and gritty for the sake of being dark and gritty. As if that makes the books “better” or “more real”. Some serious stuff happens in “Saga”–the stakes are very high–and yet, there’s this thread of hope and optimism from the book. This bit that says “thing are going to get better.” Because the narrator of this comic is Alana’s and Marko’s little baby girl. And that means she lives. So no matter how dark things get, you know somehow they’ll pull it together. And I love that. I want more of that in my comics.
I love Jean Grey. I love Kitty Pryde. So it felt like this week’s issue of “All-New X-Men” was written especially for me. I love that the dynamic between these two X-ladies has been flipped on its head. Kitty, who for the longest time was the “scrappy little sister” type, has really come into her own as a teacher and a leader. I love Jean as a sulky and angsty teenager too. It’s not something we have the opportunity to see very often. The underlying thread of her freaking everyone out with her newly found telepathy is a stroke of genius. Jean is not a helpless girl lost in time; she is a force to be reckoned with. And I love that.
This comic was a breath of fresh air. I mean, I always enjoy it. But this week, I felt like I especially needed it. Mark Waid has been doing a lot of work with Matt Murdock outside of the Daredevil costume, which I’ve really been digging. There’s always this tone of fun and swashbuckling to this comic. So even though this is a heavy issue, you don’t get bogged down in brooding. I really needed that this week. And holy cats! Is the art in this book gorgeous or what?! I want Chris Samnee to draw all of the things. All of them.
That’s all for this week, folks! Have fun storming the castle!