Saga #3 There’s a TV-Headed Guy

There's some interesting stuff going on in this sci-fi tale, but it's the guys with TVs for heads that make it work.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

Saga #3

The generically-named Saga, from esteemed writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, is three issues into telling an emotional story about a star-crossed couple from warring alien worlds trying to escape the all-encompassing conflict and protect their newborn baby girl and it also features a guy with a TV for a head.

In Saga #3, the young mother Alana from Planet Landfall is desperately trying to save her husband Marko from the moon of Wreath from bleeding out after he was attacked by a spider-chick mercenary calling herself The Stalk, but the only help she has comes from a snotty ghost kid who says 'whatevs,' and there's also a guy with a TV for a head. Many, in fact, in the Robot Kingdom of Landfall.

While Alana tries to make her way through the crap planet of Cleave and find a way around the notion of letting this ghost kid Izabel bond with the soul of her baby daughter Hazel, Prince Robot IV of the Robot Kingdom of Guys With TVs For Heads is interrogating an imprisoned "moony," about the whereabouts of Alana. Prince Robot IV is suffering from a bit of PTSD after a nasty sneak attack by Wreath that slaughtered many of his people, and he does not view the "moonies" as anything more than monsters, although we've seen some glimpses of "humanity," so to speak, and it gives us hope that maybe he won't be a bad guy forever, which is good, because he has a TV for a head and that is unassailably cool.

Saga #3


See, the TV-head can show pictures of things, and also display memories and can shift with his moods. And apparently go to classic cathode-ray static when he gets pissed off. How awesome is that?

So far, Saga has been a fairly interesting story with imaginative ideas blended with familiar tropes, featuring Staples art that is at times amazing and other times mildly off-putting. Vaughan's tale is markedly different from Y The Last Man and Ex Machina, but it has the same sort of snark to the dialog that keeps things grounded, provided you can turn off the part of your brain that governs language logic. I've got no idea why I'm fine with these crazy alien people throwing around f-bombs but I get twitchy when the red floating ghost teen Izabel with her intestines hanging out uses the abbreviation 'whatevs.' Probably because I get twitchy whenever real-life human beings use the abbreviation 'whatevs.' Thankfully, whenever Saga starts to lose me, I can turn the page and see a guy with a TV for a head.

Yes, I like Izabel, and the Alana/Marko dynamic works fairly well and the mystery of 'Gwendolyn' promises to shake things up, whatever's going on between the Freelancer mercs The Stalk and The Will is intriguing, and Staples is good at capturing Vaughan's emotional beats, but I can't say I'm fully invested in this yet. Possibly because the guy with a TV for a head is looking to be the main antagonist, and I want him to be a super awesome guy. I want to read a book all about the heroic exploits of a guy with a TV for a head.