Beloved Sci-Fi & Fantasy Series Returns With ‘Saga #55’ On The Wednesday Run

So much has changed in our lives over the last three years.

We’ve all grown older, some of us have grown fatter. Others have grown families, while some have lost loved ones. We’ve grown weary over the pandemic, grown anxious over political extremism, grown nervous over the rise in food prices, grown fearful of strangers, the climate, our bank accounts, our school system and what this will all mean for the next generation.

We’ve also become more caring for our elderly and our neighbours. We’re more patient with the mail, with our friends and with ourselves.

We’ve been living life, haven’t we? Our very own, personal, saga.

Three years is a long time. Three years goes by in a flash. And all of this, and more, is true with comicdom’s most beloved, most wacky, most heart-wrenching, most human monthly science fiction and fantasy series, Saga.

Saga #55 written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples; published by Image Comics.

On hiatus for the past three years while creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples recharged their batteries and got ahead of the next few chapters of their near real-time magnum opus, Saga returns in eagerly anticipated grand style today, finally, with issue #55.

If you haven’t been reading Saga since in first premiered in the late winter of 2012 – my goodness, a decade ago! – either through the monthly installments or the various softcover, hardcover or thick compendium formats, you’ve been missing out on one of the greatest stories to every see print, certianly in the comic book format.

A mashup of heavy duty, cray-cray sci-fi and fantasy where characters have horns, feathered wings, TV sets for heads, spider legs, webbed feet, innumerable breasts or bouncy, boulder-sized testicles, set against a backdrop of war, sex, friendship, lies, politics, and magic, Saga is a story for anyone and everyone interested in mothers and fathers, children, grandmothers and grandfathers, friends, enemies, and the simply-complicated, world-expansive experiences of growing up and growing older.

The story of Saga is identifiable to all of us, because despite all of the made-up fictitious elements that are always entertaining, the story has an abundance of emotion and heart. It speaks to experiences that we ourselves have all lived – or will. In its myriad of alien characters and strange, planetary backdrops that are all instantly familiar, Saga expresses an abundance of truth.

Maybe that’s why so many love the series so much.

We could wax on poetic about Saga for a long time– that much should already be evident in this column and the many others we’ve published on this website. A global phenomenon, the series has been translated in twenty languages and won plenty of awards including multiple Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, British Fantasy Awards and so many others.    

In today’s issue #55, readers will find out where our narrator, the young Hazel, and her family and friends have been since the soul-shattering and life-altering conclusion of the last issue…and where they’re all headed. It’s the perfect entry point for new readers, that are also able to catch up on the great story via those previously mentioned compilations.  

Make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up the eagerly anticipated and entirely wonderful next chapter of Saga that begins today with issue #55.

Discover, or discover again, why it’s one of the greatest stories you’re likely to ever read.

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