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SAGA #7
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Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ smash-hit ongoing series returns!

An all-new adventure begins, as new parents Marko and Alana make an unexpected discovery in the vast emptiness of outer space.

Story by Brian K. Vaughan
Art by Fiona Staples
Cover by Fiona Staples

Price: $2.99
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  1. jackietam jackietam says:

    That hiatus was too long…

    • kzap kzap says:

      If the books keeps up the same quality I don’t care.
      I’m just a poor student at the moment and like that my bank balances gets a break every so often, I wish more comics would do it, I certainly appreciate them more when they come back and it gives those catching up with trades an easy point to jump on.
      All that said I’m not complaining it’s back and it’s something to look forward to every month.
      This is going to be an expensive week of comics for me but an absolutely great one.

    • jasonhart jasonhart says:

      @kzap – Totally agree with you there, man. The little break helped the wallet (poor family man), & the anticipation of its return, instead of a steady output, is kinda fun.

      Also, the break coinciding with the trade release is such a great idea. I was just thinking, I’d love to jump onto Prophet in issues, but there’s such a bad overlap between trades & issue releases, that I’ll probably just stick with the trades. Vaughan & Staples were really smart to go this route (plus I’m glad we won’t have fill-in artists).

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      @kzap and jasonhart: Totally agreed, also being a poor family man my wallet didn’t mind the break! Also big agreement on the trade/single issue overlap. I feel the EXACT same way about Prophet but by the time the trade comes out you’re in that awkward overalp period for a few months. I wouldn’t mind more books doing this.

      I don’t mind fill-in artists, particularly if they are just doing a one-off issue, but I think it’s really cool this series will be just Vaughn and Staples all the way. That’s pretty neat.

    • microwave25 microwave25 says:

      Another reader in agreement! I think its a great idea to take a brief break now and then. Helps and the financial situation, the inbetween trades is an excellent idea.

      The main reason I think, is it just keeps the book at a high quality where it doesn’t need to be rushed. I really dislike fill in artists and I want to this run only touched by Fiona Staples artwork.

  2. USPUNX USPUNX says:

    Welcome back

  3. jpriester73 jpriester73 says:

    Saga! Yay!

  4. TheRealVenom TheRealVenom says:

    This, Batman, Wolverine and the xmen, punk rock jesus, walking dead, thief of thieves mind mgmt……. This might be the best week in comics i think i’ve ever had! #JOY

  5. Re-read this as I was waiting like everyone else. Surprised on how much I enjoyed it a second time around. I still think Manhattan Projects it the best series (and new series as well) this year. But it is definitely up there that’s for sure.

  6. JoshJones87 JoshJones87 says:

    I bought all six issues several months ago and it was one of my first ventures into Image. I’d say, next to breathing and stuff, one of my best life choices.

    • USPUNX USPUNX says:

      Oh man are you in for a treat! This year Image has been so good you can pretty much walk into your shop and just buy any comic with their logo on it. In particular I’d recommend Manhattan Projects, Planetoid, Mind the Gap, and Revival. Yeah, I read a lot of Image…

  7. Sharing the week with Batman. If this wins potw over Batman the world doesn’t make sense.

  8. misterckent misterckent says:

    Can’t wait for more of this! Keep the delicate balance between bizarre and fun!

  9. Orionthx Orionthx says:

    The break worked out really well for me. I was able to see that the trade was issues 1-6 in time to preorder issue 7 from dcbs. I really wished that worked out more often in the industry. Good timing.

  10. Such an immense title & it has been an exciting wait too!

  11. Will Magnus Will Magnus says:

    It’s great to see an Image book getting so much attention and being enjoyed by so many comic fans, but after seven issues of Saga, I’m waving the white flag.

    I’ve tried to get into this series, but it’s just not doing it for me. I respect Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples. No doubt these two possess massive talent, but the hype is not matching my enthusiasm from month to month.

    Lykke til…!

  12. sitara119 sitara119 says:

    wow, it’s time for this again already? didn’t seem like much of a break. oh well. GAME ON!

  13. JokersNuts JokersNuts says:

    So glad it’s back, this book is beautiful

  14. BCDX97 BCDX97 says:

    I actually still haven’t read issue 6. I think deep down inside I was holding it off because I knew the wait was gonna be so long. But now I can get around to the goodness – this series has been damn fun (and good).

  15. Nordh Nordh says:

    This issue is going to give me nightmares. Great issue as always but.. yep, nightmares for sure.

  16. JoshJones87 JoshJones87 says:

    I loved this issue, it (as well as the previous 6) comes off as very cinematic to me.

    I swoon for Fiona Staples. And her art.

  17. microwave25 microwave25 says:

    I know Alana is a fictional, comic character but Vaughan and Staples really now how to make a women sexy!

  18. WheelHands WheelHands says:

    This is the greatest and best book in the world …

    … Saga.

  19. I-Doll I-Doll says:

    Again, Saga leaves me eagerly waiting for the next issue. And extra love for this cover!

  20. WheelHands WheelHands says:

    I wonder if Tryclops Mightysack will grace this week’s Best of the Week In Panels.

    • TurdSandwich TurdSandwich says:

      Hahaha! Great name. After that page I remembered reading interviews where Fiona stated that issue #7 contained the most disturbing image she has ever been asked to draw. I can think up some weird shit if asked to, but MY GOD, that was a truly disturbing image.

  21. CaseyJustice CaseyJustice says:

    You know you’re reading something special when the giant testicle monster is only the second biggest shock in a given issue.

    “I have less than a month to live.”

    What’s great about Vaughn is that his twists aren’t just shocking, they also send your mind reeling with possibilities. What the hell does this mean for the story, and our beleaguered heroes? I’ll sure as shit be back next time to find out.

  22. Anyone at the Fiona Staples, Ian Boothby and Pia Guerra signing at Travelling Man Manchester this Wednesday? Everybody was really friendly and Pia Guerra was able to read my mind and give me a lttle Ampersand sketch alongside her signature without my asking, which was totally amazing. A friend of mine got a very cool Prince Robot IV sketch with his his face-screen showing Batman’s cowl which was also amazing. Very appreciative of everyone involved and being able to express my admiration/respect for three excellent creators.

  23. JokersNuts JokersNuts says:

    Fiona Staples can draw everything.

  24. markish markish says:

    Damn good stuff. Even a relatively relaxed set-up issue like this is my POTW through sheer craft alone.

  25. Zhurrie Zhurrie says:

    This is a tour de force of comic greatness. A single issue of saga contains more, and better, examples of speedpainting perfected than even the highest rated speedpainting books available. I am enjoying every second of one of the most skilled comic writers in the game and a young artist coming entirely into her own on top of it being one of the most solid and engaging comics I have read in close to 30 years. If it had been a choice I’d give it a 4.5 because there were a couple panels that could have been better or accomplished more but it is still solidly the best comic I’ve read or seen this week. Bravo!

  26. Mono0521 Mono0521 says:

    My POTW! Oh how I have missed you Saga.

  27. PymSlap PymSlap says:

    The To Be Continued letters page made my heart ache this month.

  28. Loved Issue #7…..I had re-read #6 and a few of the earlier issues just to get my mind and heart back into a Saga “Fanatic” state-of-being…..great job Vaughan & Staples!!

  29. hanson724 hanson724 says:

    I finally was able to buy all of the issues in sequence. I read about this book on this site when people were asked what’s the best comic being published right now . I was waiting to have them all before I read them and I’m glad I did! All of the praise that is being said about this book is absolutely true. Love it. The art and storytelling are fantastic…can’t say enough.

  30. zuper says:

    Pick of the week! For that hilariously disturbing panel (we all know which one) and for the fact that I got my letter in the back!

  31. FrancisMH says:

    In a week of heavy hitters like Batman and much hyped debuts in All New X-Men and Thor, this, by leaps and bounds, was an easy POTW.

    I think what I love most about this book is that I can pick it up breeze through it. I attribute this to a number of factors:

    - Vaughan’s realistic, defined voices: Despite being aliens, these characters might as well be based on my neighbours, who coincidentally argue all the time. The idea of a winged alien chick talking with the attitude Patti Smith is like, the greatest thing to me.

    - Staples’ amazing ability to draw realistic facial expressions: The look on Marko’s parents as they react to Marko’s introduction of Alana… just says everything there is to say about the disgust and shock.

    - An overall good fucking story that flows beautifully.

    - Giant alien micro-penis.

    As a relatively new reader of comics, this is the only book I’ve felt comfortable enough to venture outside of the Big 2 to read on a consistent basis. It’s got the perfect combination of art, socio-politcal allegory and comedy that brought me into the medium in the first place.

    I can’t say enough good things. I’m just happy I took a chance on this book.

  32. BradLWoods3 BradLWoods3 says:

    After all the hype I got the trade of the first six issues and just bought this one. It’s a good series, but I’m not going apeshit over it or anything.

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