Saga #18

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 29, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 19
8.8Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

Our heroes' stay on Quietus reaches its inevitable conclusion.

  • 10
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Jan 28, 2014

    When you read Saga it seems like it reads so fast that each issue is over before you know it. It's issues like this that prove why, because it's such an engaging and entertaining story that you want to consume it all right away and when it's done you are still left craving more, that's how good this series is. Now not to spoil anything but the way this issue ends is both very satisfying but it also leaves the readers in a state of bewilderment wondering what direction Vaughn and Staples will take Saga to next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Jan 28, 2014

    Final Thoughts: We're in for a whole new chapter and I can't wait to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Rhodes Review - Stephen W Rhodes Jan 28, 2014

    Saga #18 is another remarkable installment in this comic series. I continue to be astounded by the perfection thatSaga sustains, month after month. The story is exciting and captivating every single time. Even if there's plenty of action, like in this issue, they still find the balance to have character and plot development. It's perfection and the art is right there with the story.Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples truly are a comic dream team.I'm a bit disappointed that I have to wait for a while before the next issue, but apparently the two of them take the breaks between volumes to maintain quality. So, by all means, take the break, guys. It's worth the wait! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Jordan North Jan 29, 2014

    The final narration of Hazel is one of a, "new chapter" type persuasion (ending in a delightful literal "new step") that really gives us the feeling that Saga is ready to turn the page and take a swan dive deeper into what has been some of the best and most imaginative lore in comics in the past few years, and Jesus H. Christ am I ready for the trip. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 2, 2014

    If you haven't been reading this - and you don't mind some adult material - then I definitely recommend buying the collected editions. Great stuff! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jan 30, 2014

    I don't want to say much more for fear of spoiling you readers, but even if you read Saga in collected editions, this is one comic you'll want to read. There was an awful amount of time spent on Quietus if you think about it, but the stay lead up to one rewarding conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    We The Nerdy - Derek A. Adams Feb 4, 2014

    This issue is all about conclusions and new beginnings. Our protagonistscome out of this as better, smarter versions of themselves and aside from Hazel's always great narrations, we are meant to think brighter things are to come. I both wish this to be true and doubt that things will get anything but worse for this family. I don't want to wait three or whatever months for the next issue of this absolutely brilliant series, and I believe BKV knows this and laughs himself to sleep every night thinking about the suspense he and his lovely artist Fiona Staples create in anybody who reads this book. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Jan 30, 2014

    The creators of this book have set the bar of talented writing and design to a whole new level, making Saga one hell of a title. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jan 29, 2014

    Believe me - I didn't want to do this. I asked myself, "Does Saga really deserve another accolade, when it has so many other places so eager, so desperate to trip over themselves to praise this book?" But begrudgingly, in spite of myself, I got hooked all over again. Saga #18 brings the goods - indeed, it's so damn good it makes me mad. This is the kind of issue that justifies the series as a whole, and provides a perfect launchpad to the dangerous, unorthodox, and oh-so-sweet upbringing of baby Hazel. Like the song says, what the world needs now is love, sweet love - and books like Saga are just that magical, because underneath the violence and the tension, it adds just a little bit of love to its readers' lives. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 4, 2014

    Not quite as eventful as you might expect, but still rock-solid with the series' usual high pedigree. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Jan 30, 2014

    “Saga” has been and continues to be a slow burn, with Vaughan slyly concealing his hand. The end of “Saga” #18 brings both uncertainty and hope, but little insight into the future. A number of epilogues tease at where the series will end up, with some more tantalizing than others (I still don't get what those reporters have to do with anything). Still, as the issue wraps as it so often does, with Hazel's narration, beautifully handwritten over the gorgeous art, it's hard not to feel the same sense of excitement and awe that the series in that first groundbreaking issue. There's truly the feeling that imagination is the limit, and that a Rocket Ship Tree can take you anywhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jan 29, 2014

    Vaughan and Staples use Saga #18 to wrap up a few loose ends in a mostly satisfying fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Capeless Crusader - Asaph Bitner May 17, 2014

    “Saga #18″ wasn't one of the series' best, with some noticeable holes in the plot. Still, even in its weaker issues Saga maintains quality storytelling, characters and artwork. It also gives readers the usual combination of feeling satisfied, yet wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 1, 2014

    Saga moves into the next phase of the story at the conclusion of this issue and it definitely looks promising. This issue contains a lot of closure but not on everything. There are plenty of plot threads that are left very open-ended and that will help to keep the reader on the edge of their seats waiting for this book to return in May. Saga is simply one of the very best books on the stands and this is just another issue in the long line of great ones. This is a book that should be on your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jan 29, 2014

    SAGA closes this chapter in a very satisfying way. Vaughan and Staples deliver another great issue. I loved seeing everything come to a head here and Gwendolyn coming face to face with her ex, Marko. This is one of those moments where I really wish half stars existed here. Its more than a four to me, but less than a five. However, Im excited to see where this book goes next, and I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 3, 2014

    As finales go, this one was a bit anti-climactic. As cliffhangers go, this one was fantastic! We come, once again, to another Saga finale. After every major volume, Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples take a few months off to get caught up on the next volume. And for art as good as Staples', I'm more than willing to give the Saga team some time off. Fortunately for us, they don't end on too much of a nail-biter, but you better believe I can't wait for the next volume after that last page. Plot lines get wrapped up, characters are forever changed, and the world of Saga just got infinitely bigger, my friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson Feb 3, 2014

    When a comic book is as exceptionally consistent as "Saga," it's hard not to get unreasonably attached to the characters. As a result, it will be hard to wait for the next installment, but like every time prior, I'm sure I'll not be disappointed in the next arc. Vaughan and Staples have got this down to a science. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Jan 30, 2014

    If you're reading this review you're probably already reading Saga so you don't need me to tell you how great it is. When it's all said and done this book will be put up on a mantle with other classic comic titles. It gets a ton of praise but I have a hard time believing anyone that tries to make a case for it being overhyped. I will say though, I enjoyed reading the TPB's more than I did collecting single issues month to month. Having to wait for something like this almost seems like it takes a bit of the wind out of the sails from a momentum standpoint, especially in an arc that was so laced with tension and cliffhanger moments like this one! As a whole the arc would get a 5 out of 5 from me easily, especially considering that they managed to take the series in a whole new direction at the very end of it. This issue standing alone though seems to leave me with more questions than answers. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 29, 2014

    Saga #18 is a fine read. Not spectacular but definitely does its job. It finishes this arc while setting up the future of this series very well. Lots of questions are still unanswered. With how the issue ended, you as the reader, are left wondering a lot of things. There are major problems with how Gwendolyn was written and with a large female fan base this has to be remedied ASAP. I have my problems with this particular issue but I will most assuredly be coming back for more. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jan 31, 2014

    And more time to create is a good thing. Fiona Staples has never half-assed a single panel in this series, making her contribution this issues greatest strength. Saga #18 is an uneven finish to an otherwise strong arc. Still well worth your money, its just not up to the teams usual standards. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Dante Buccieri Jan 28, 2014

    I've said this before and I'm sure I'll say it a million more times: an average issue ofSaga is better than 90% of comics on the shelves today. This issue has some great moments and finally feels like the overall narrative is moving forward. While I enjoyed the focus on relationship building and personal growth in this arc, I am glad that it's over and looking forward to something new. Issue #18 is no better nor any worse than the other issues in this arc, and that's not a bad thing. I still recommend picking it up, because plateauing at the high level that Vaughan and Staples have is still far above the rest of the industry. Read Full Review

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