Saga #22

Saga #22

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: August 27, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 18
9.0Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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The family is tested.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 27, 2014

    SAGA is still amazing, who would have thought? BKV and Staples are really moving forward with a great story that really grabs the heart-strings of the reader. Frankly, I can't think of another comic I'm this emotionally invested in. Overall, I highly recommend this issue and picking up the rest of the series as well. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Needless Essentials Online - Stan Ford Aug 31, 2014

    To say any more would be, as another Sci-Fi heroine would say, “Spoilers.” Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - vashmcdash Sep 2, 2014

    With Vaughan's great story telling and Staples insane and creative art once again show why Saga is one of Image's top series. All the current stories going on are definitely building to something huge and I for one can not wait to see the pay off. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Coming Up Comics - Timothy Merritt Aug 27, 2014

    I say it every month, but I'll say it again: If you aren't reading Saga by now I just can't help you. You're missing out on one of the best series in comics, and you may have head trauma. But good news, there's a remedy at your local comic shop, where the first three volumes and newest issue of Saga are waiting. Take two and call me in the morning. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Aug 27, 2014

    Vaughn and Staples continue to deliver the gold standard, their latest chock full of great character work and a number of memorable moments. Issue #22 is yet another example of excellent collaboration, art and words in perfect sync. Bring a tissue. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 28, 2014

    Just like everyone else, I'm going to say if you're not readingSaga then you should be. Simply brilliantstory and art. The first 18 issues are collected in 3 trade paperback volumes, with a few more out since then (or you can wait until later this year, when volume 4 will be out too). This is a series that is really worth checking out if you haven't yet. As always, you can grab this issue in your local comic shop or online with whatever digital platform you want to use. In fact, I think the first issue may still be free digitally to see if you like it. That's how I started on it! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Aug 28, 2014

    Saga #22 might not be the funniest or the most uplifting issue of the series but it's a damn good story. It's almost too emotional because it will hit close to home for many readers. Whether you've been in Alana, Marko, Prince Robot IV or Hazel's place you will find yourself feeling pain after this. As the kids say, it will hit you right in the feels. Accented with some of Staples' best art this is an issue that cannot be missed or ignored. This is why they won another Eisner. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - Anthony Behan Aug 28, 2014

    It's almost redundant to say Saga is excellent at this stage but Vaughan and Staples keep managing to deliver an almost flawless series every month. This issue has been building for a while now and it delivers some tough emotional hits, where Vaughan takes these characters to next is anyone's guess but no doubt it will continue to build on the amazing story we've been privilege to so far Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Aug 28, 2014

    In a recent letters column Vaughan asked readers for their opinion on the idea of doing variant covers for the 25th issue. In this month's letters column he says that the idea was rejected by readers at a ratio of about 10-1. Most citing that variant covers would detract from one of the main elements that makes Saga special; Fiona Staples sumptuous art. I'm glad that Vaughan takes the time to share ideas with readers and that he listens to the feedback. It is another thing which makes Saga a very special comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kat Vendetti Aug 28, 2014

    Saga #22 brings us one step closer with this foreboding and heartbreaking chapter as Vaughan and Staples give us everything we want in a story, but never in the way we expect. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Aug 27, 2014

    So where do we go from here? Both main characters have some cracks in their previously polished facades; neither one of them is entirely in the right, and both have made some big mistakes. Honestly, I have no idea, because the possibilities are numerous. Here's what I do know, though: I'm dying to find out. Once again, Vaughan and Staples deliver everything you hope for, and then a little bit more to boot. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Aug 29, 2014

    We all read "Saga". It's in our hands, our homes, or dreams. Everywhere. And for all its hype, "Saga" still manages to keep its world fresh, exciting, and visually stunning. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 31, 2014

    Despite the blaze of emotions involved, it's a straightforward issue for Saga. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Aug 28, 2014

    This is gonna get good. Do you ever get that feeling reading a comic? Do you flip through the pages, read the dialogue, scan the pictures, and get that feeling in your gut that all of this is going somewhere and it's gonna be awesome? I got that feeling reading Saga #22. The last few issues have been pretty low key, and I've rated them as such, but now writer Brian K. Vaughn is starting to move his chess pieces around the board. All the characters he's introduced, all the plot lines he seeded, start swirling together in the new issue, and it's rather exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Infinite Comix - Brandon Stines Aug 28, 2014

    Though predictable and a bit disappointing as a result, Saga #22 allows Vaughan and Staples to continues to tell one of the most well-written, original tales in recent memory. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Sep 1, 2014

    While this was a bit of a tamer issue, Vaughan and Staples always make the issue worth the read. Vaughan continually gives us an issue that throw us curve balls and exceeds expectations, while Fiona Staples just wows on the art. Saga will continue to be great as long as these two are attached to it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Aug 27, 2014

    Saga #22 is a big issue that fans are not going to want to miss considering what goes down. While it wasn't all that effective for me, I can see this being a very moving and sad issue for most everyone. The writing was fine, though had issues here and there, and the artwork is definitely appealing. Basically, if you've enjoyed Saga up until now, you'll like this issue for sure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Batfan Aug 27, 2014

    Unable to review this issue... Too choked up... All I can say is, bring a tissue. The fourth arc is building to its climax, and you're not going to like how.

  • 10
    Synthozoid Aug 28, 2014

    Loved it.

  • 9.0
    havok1977 Sep 14, 2014

    King Robot, Henry VIII huh

  • 9.0
    DarioV Apr 21, 2015

    This is one of the best books on the stand and one of the best entries in the whole series. The psychological work made by both authors is simply incredible, with the massive confrontation between the two being a heartbreaking point of this big, bold adventure. That final cliffhanger had me scream, as the true nature of some motherfucker is revealed. Also, we finally get to see the King.

  • 8.5
    JBL Reviews Sep 1, 2014

    Best issue in a while

  • 8.5
    Soyner Sep 1, 2014

    Great drama. Tension on almost every page. And an ending cliffhanger to keep you waiting by your pull box to see what happens. Overall solid issue.

  • 8.5
    GreyMouser Sep 3, 2014

    Gorgeous artwork and great writing, only spoiled by the BS ending.

  • 8.5
    TomSQUAREy Apr 29, 2015

    Kinda slow

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Aug 28, 2014

    Saga is always good, but I don't think the heart-wrenching moment I've been dreading hit as hard as it could have. It felt quick and almost obligatory. That being said, there are plenty of other goodies offered in this issue too.

  • 8.0
    Zap-Kapow Comics Sep 4, 2014

    Saga continues to be one of the best comic books on the shelf, but it's been awhile since we felt any danger or movement for these characters. Ready to see Vaughn and Staples push things along a little faster (again) and show us some new characters and corners of their universe.

  • 7.5
    Master Destructo Sep 10, 2014

    We get some major plot movement and set-up for something big. Marko and Alana's relationship problems come to a boil in a sad and discomfort-inducing fashion. Staples' art is, generally speaking, beyond reproach, and the quality of each issue seems to be incrementally better than the last. The one thing I'll say is that I wasn't a fan of the somewhat predictable design of King Robot. He was rendered wonderfully though. And I would guess that the basic parameters of his design came from Vaughan. There were a few story details that I got hung-up on in this issue. The opening page seemed random. It seemed like a crazy thought that Vaughan had, and then he came up with some unnecessary story element in order to open with that image. When I first saw it, I was like "oooh, now what's this all about?" I got the disappointing answer on the next page, which was that it was not about anything. Next, how does Yuma know about Alana's identity? And even if she did, how would she know that the line Alana said was from a specific novel that Alana read? And even if she knows that, how does she know that the people looking for Alana associate her with that particular novel? Finally, I found the "saying another woman's name in your sleep" cliche a little uninspired, in terms of why Alana would be suspicious of Marko.

  • 10
    Redeadhood Apr 2, 2015

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    Nick Jan 27, 2015

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    Ariel Aug 30, 2014

  • 8.5
    Veido Dec 22, 2015

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Feb 1, 2015

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