Saga #19

Saga #19

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: May 21, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 18
9.0Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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Saga returns! New planet, new adversaries, and a very new direction, all from the same old Hugo Award-winning team. RETAILER FRIENDS: Thanks to you, our audience keeps growing, as new readers continue to get caught up on trades before jumping to our monthly issues, so please make sure to order enough for your customers, old and new. And thanks again! -Brian & Fiona

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Shane Hoffman May 19, 2014

    Fiona Staples has got to be one of the most talented artists out there right now. There are times when I wonder about the necessity of certain things – whether its the porn on Prince Robot IVs screen or the opening page of this issue – yet at the same time, they fit the story perfectly and set the tone right off the bat for the issue. Each character is so distinct from another that it just makes it easy to read and continue seeing what types of character we will see next. The words of this comic tell an amazing tale but without Staples extraordinary talent to tell a story with words it just wouldnt be the same. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross May 21, 2014

    Final Thoughts: They're gonna make me cry. I know it. I know it. I just know it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Newsarama - Brendan McGuirk May 21, 2014

    That's why Saga is so great. At the end of the day, it's about the all-together. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerds On The Rocks - joecorallo May 22, 2014

    Part of what makes this issue great is how it jumps right back in without rehashing what we've already been through. Often a post hiatus book uses too much page space to recap stuff you've already purchased. Here, we're reintroduced to the characters organically by seeing where our heroes (and villains) are some time after the last issue. We get more background on Prince Robot the IV (one of my favorites) as well as what Alana and Marko have been doing to get by. Fiona's brilliant cover featuring Alana is one of her best outings with a Saga cover yet. And, in traditional Saga fashion, the issue ends off making you only want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies May 22, 2014

    In short, if youre looking for something excellent then youve come to the right place. This is your chance to find out why this book is the best on shelves right now, and it ends on a shocking twist that will really have you eagerly anticipating next issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Mark William Pawziuk May 20, 2014

    Saga 19 is both a satisfying continuation of the series for avid fans and a nice jumping on point for new readers. This issue leaves no doubt that there is a lot more excitement to come from this title. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Nick Couture May 27, 2014

    Saga #19is a nice slow down that eases readers into the jump forward in time. The story is more relatable than ever as Marko and Alana deal with raising a little girl while also keeping their relationship together. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jun 14, 2014

    For all the praise that this series gets it really does earn it, but I just don't know if I have anything left in the tank to say about it. It's wonderful and at this point it's finding non-comic readers to buy it and that's great because the normal comic readers have already decided one way or another about it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes May 21, 2014

    Saga #19 is a strong start to a new story arc and a really good issue. There are some interesting moments, some fun moments, and some alarming dialogue with a cliffhanger at the end of the issue. I almost gave the issue less than a 100, but I realized that I would be doing that just because I'm afraid to give another 100. That's not a good reason. This is another 100 forSaga. The bottom line is thatSaga #19 is another sensational issue for the series and was well worth the wait! Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt May 21, 2014

    As always, Vaughan's writing is some of the best in the industry, full of heart, humor, and truth, and based on his previous creator owned runs, this book is in no danger of slowing down in quality. Fiona Staples produces gorgeous, mesmerizing images in every panel, and you'll often find yourself staring at each panel when you should be moving on with the story. Saga is undoubtably one of the best comics on shelves, and with all three of its current trades in the top ten NYT bestseller list for graphic novels, fans obviously agree. And nominated for yet another slew of Eisners this year, Saga is also critically and professionally lauded as one of"if not the"top book there is. It just doesn't get better than Saga, and here's hoping for a long and fruitful run. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 25, 2014

    From year to year, there's usually one comic that stands out as the one that would interest any reader - it's the comic you recommend to your friends who don't read comics. In the past, that has included Sandman and Swamp Thing, for example - and now you can add Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples' Saga to the list. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber May 22, 2014

    This is one of the best issues of Saga yet, which is saying a lot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Graphic Policy - Geo N May 25, 2014

    It's no mystery why Saga is an Eisner, Harvey and Hugo award winner. Staples' art is phenomenal and I can't help but stare at each page in awe. Every landscape, facial expression and structure appears to leap off the page with her surreal illustrations. It mixes harmoniously with Vaughan's rich story that I read each page three or four times. The three-month break the series took since the last arc was far too long, but did give me time to go back and re-read each issue. New readers of Saga are in for a big treat if they plan on picking up the first three Trades to catch up, but I'm sure that if you get Chapter Nineteen, afterwards, you will become a single-issue reader from that moment on. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 23, 2014

    There's a point after every break in "Saga" where I pick up the first issue to a new arc and think, "after not reading this book for a few months, do I still really care?" After just a few seconds with "Saga" #19, that answer was a clear and resounding "YES." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - F.D. White May 20, 2014

    Issue #19 continues this trend of intimacy with aplomb. They may not be running from assassins and mercenaries, but it is definitely not boring. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho May 20, 2014

    Saga #19 is an excellent beginning to the fourth arc. Big changes are coming and while we may not be emotionally ready, the excitement level will be high. This issue does exactly what it needs to do to introduce this new arc. With perfectly written dialogue and gorgeous artwork, Saga #19 is an absolute must read. Anyone trade waiting might want to reconsider that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 28, 2014

    It's almost disappointing to have such an easy, accessible read, as it makes the greatness of the issue pass even quicker. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Daily Crate - Jennifer Bosier May 23, 2014

    Saga‘s triumphant return brings with it some melancholy. Throughout the charm and happiness of our characters, there remains a dark shadow closing around them. Hazel's final words leave us on an uncertain note, made worse by the knowledge that her narration has been, up until now, utterly infallible. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush May 25, 2014

    Although this issue isnt jammed with action, its very satisfying. The issue, with its jump forward in time, is clearly starting a new chapter in the story, one that promises to take the characters into new territory (both internal and external). As a series that has always been grounded in character and important ideas, the return ofSagain issue #19 hits all the right notes, even if those notes indicate some big changes, perhaps even unhappy ones, are coming. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Capeless Crusader - Alex Smith May 20, 2014

    "Saga #19" is decidedly not just a return to form but neither is it a world-shattering reversal of the beloved series. Things are changing, and jaws will certainly drop upon reaching the finish(or the first page, depending on your thoughts). The outcome, approaching quickly, will probably start events that reverberate for years to come. It'll be nice to eventually visit certain players that remain favorites in the space opera, but focusing on the first family is never a bad thing. Punchy yet affectionate dialogue combined with some of Alana's funniest scenes make this a strong issue. Expectedly well-written and well-drawn by two creators at the top of their craft,Saga's arrival is a successful one on almost every front. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake May 21, 2014

    Saga #19 returns to heightened expectations and ably manages them, ushering in the next chapter of Hazel and her star-crossed parents. Also, they bought a walrus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 21, 2014

    SAGA returns, but it isn't with a bang because the direction of the book is a complete 180. The book has slowed down and very clearly focused on family and the family dynamic; however, when you look back at previous arcs, that's what this book has always been about. This is a great place for new readers to jump on, but the problem lies within the new concepts and elements being dumped on the reader. It's a lot to take in and BKV expects readers to understand everything. However, SAGA is still a brilliant book and a series more people should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 21, 2014

    With a final page that will almost certainly make readers shriek in terror, "Saga" #19 just keeps bringing the hits. And if you haven't read "Saga" before, well, the first 18 issues are already helpfully collected into three paperbacks. No excuses. Just jump on in. You'll love it. Honest. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills May 22, 2014

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  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon May 23, 2014

    Fiona Staples art is gorgeous per usual. Her patented Keep the kiddies away moment is glorious, but from there she isnt given nearly as many opportunities to flex her creative muscles as she should. This is all forgiveable once you get an eyeful of adorable toddler Hazel. Youll coo like an idiot at those levels of cuteness, I promise. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Edward May 20, 2014

    All in all, it's a welcome return for Saga but I don't know if the new direction is the right one. The last few issues were some action packed pieces and, while I'm eager to explore the consequences, I want to see more of the aftermath before jumping in this new direction. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Joel Raivid May 20, 2014

    Saga #19 is a good read and it does nothing particularly wrong, it just doesnt have the impact of some of the older issues. It starts off a new arc, even though it might not be particularly exciting unless you have a deep connection with the marriage of Marko and Alana. Overall, I did have problems with this issue but I will most certainly be coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Master Destructo Jun 19, 2014

    This was a very satisfying return after the hiatus. Crazy first page, heart-skip-a-beat last page, and great character and world building stuff in-between. About that first page--I loved how Staples made you work for it, to figure out what you're looking at; it made the impact of the image even better when it suddenly dawns on you. I appreciate that the story is hurtling forward and that we're not dawdling in the status quo, regardless of how fun and amazing the status quo was. Vaughan and Staples are currently the best storytellers in the biz, and I'm looking forward to this latest batch of issues.

  • 9.0
    Gizmo May 24, 2014

    I'm happy to welcome these characters back and to see how they've grown. We get some more thinly veiled commentary on super heroes plus some adorable family moments. The last page just makes my heart bleed.

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser May 23, 2014

    While i am very happy for the return of Saga, i am a bit disappointed in the time jump and more upset by the lack of my favorite characters (The Will & Lying Cat). This is compounded by the major cliffhanger(s) at the end of the last arc, involving said characters. Kind of a jerk move by BKV, i must say. However, the writing, characters, dialog, plotting, etc are still excellent even if the plot seems slow. Whatever gripes i have, Staple artwork does a good job of making up for it. Her work is an incredible treat for the eyes, that balances the wait between arcs. Highly recommended!

  • 8.5
    DarioV Apr 18, 2015

    After the long hiatus, Saga returns with a somewhat slow-paced, yet very entertaining issue. Both Vaughan and Staples are back in great fashion. Maybe the opening scene, although surely unexpected, isn't in the best of tastes.

  • 7.5
    olliequeen May 29, 2014

    Any other book I would have probably rated higher, but I expect more from Saga. Most of this book was filler.

  • 7.0
    Synthozoid May 22, 2014

    Not much to see here, but it promises interesting things in the future.

  • 6.5
    JBL Reviews Jun 6, 2014

    It seems we've read this already. Going nowhere.

  • 9.5
    Nick Jan 27, 2015

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