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Image Comics’ Saga is coming to a close — for awhile, at least.
As revealed in this week’s issue, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will be putting the critically acclaimed science fiction hit on hold for an undetermined period — which will last at least a year.
In the letter column to Saga No. 54, Vaughan writes, “After fifty-four issues and over 1,200 consecutive pages of sequential storytelling together, Fiona and I have decided to take an extended break before we eventually reunite with Saga #55. And unlike our usual three months of ‘Vacationanza’ between arcs, we plan to pause publication of this series for at least the next year.”
According to a report on Newsarama.com, Vaughan goes on to say that the choice “obviously wasn’t a decision we took lightly, but Fiona and I I feel a responsibility to keep making the very best comic we can, and we both agreed that he only way to eventually finish the epic saga we set out to tell was with this one significant… let’s call it… Intermission!”
Since its launch in 2012, Saga has become one of Image Comics’ most successful titles, behind only The Walking Dead in terms of sales. The so-called “intermission” is particularly notable because both Staples and Vaughan have previously kept working on Saga even while co-creating other projects; Vaughan has published Paper Girls, We Stand on Guard, The Private Eye and Barrier since launching Saga, with Staples juggling both Saga and the reboot of Archie during 2015.
Saga No. 54, the final issue of the series before its hiatus, will be released Wednesday.
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