Saga #31

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: November 25, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 21
8.4Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series finally returns, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life...kindergarten!


  • 10
    Black Nerd Problems - Carrie McClain Nov 26, 2015

    This issue did a great job in bringing us back to the story we love or hate (or both depending on what issue(s) your heart strings needed to be reattached because your feels jumbled all over the place). Seeing some familiar faces and seeing also seeing some that were not and"A LOT MORE that Hazel is sure to have more questions about that I'm sure Grandma Klara does not have it in her to answer anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Rainbow Hub - Ashley Leckwold Nov 26, 2015

    31 issues in and Saga doesn't have any indicator of slowing down. Especially now that Hazel is finally the central character of her own story. Seeing her own personality start to grow as she starts to realize who and what she is in a world different from the one she was born into is a strange moment of pride for the reader who has been there since her birth. Staples and Vaughan handle these first and important moments of her independence with grace, innocence and a little bit of toilet humor that exists with her at this point in her life. With this kind of opening, it's exciting and a bit terrifying to think of where Hazel will go in this part of her life. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 30, 2015

    As always, highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    PopOptiq - Ben Howard Dec 1, 2015

    Saga #31 continues to prove the series reputation as one of the best ongoing series currently published. Gorgeous art, serious drama, and positive LGBT representation are all found in a masterfully crafted package. Also, fan-favorite character Izabel returns after a long absence. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Nov 28, 2015

    Saga's creative team has woven such an astounding universe and I am beyond excited to see where this new arc takes our protagonists. There are still many loose ends that were left unresolved before this hiatus and, like myself, I'm sure audiences are clamoring to see where this series will go. Because within issue #31 one of the largest secrets in the series begins to be revealed and key players have still yet to make an appearance. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Nov 30, 2015

    This issue is a great jumping-on point for readers, as it displays Vaughan and Staples' mastery of both the macro and micro scope of this book. Delivering one of the best presents a comic reader could receive a whole month early, "Saga" #31 continues to deliver a deftly balanced story that has yet to dip below the standards of even "pretty good" -- and it shows no signs of doing so any time soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Dec 1, 2015

    Saga is an important book in our current social/political climate. It stays on top of social and cultural issues and presents them in an accessible and gorgeous package. Issue #31, as the opening of a new arc, hits that button that makes Saga the premiere science fiction comic in modern comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdophiles - Jackson Adams Nov 29, 2015

    The issue ends with Hazel opening up about her heritage and facing inadvertent consequences for her transparency. It's an ending both unexpected and delightfully foreshadowed throughout the issue and it's almost perfectly representative of what Saga frequently does so well. Even in a book as emotionally raw and nakedly optimistic as this one, there's still nothing protecting good people from facing new-found horrors of their own making. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Nov 30, 2015

    Even in a Saga issue where "not much happens," there is still a ton of new information and cliffhangers to digest. It's a book that is undoubtedly breathing a rarefied air right now, confident enough to launch straight back into a new arc without showing two of the three main characters at all, but simultaneously running the risk of alienating those who aren't yet inductees into the club. Saga is back and everything is more or less right with the comic book world again, and those questions that need answering will be what keeps us going until the next hiatus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fox Force Five News - Keven Skinner Nov 26, 2015

    With the next issue focusing on Hazel's parents, I'm curious in which direction this arc will go — so far — we're off to a great start. But did you really expect anything less from the best writer/artist duo in comics today? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Nov 26, 2015

    It cant be stated enough that Saga is without a doubt one of the best books on the shelf. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona staples are really making magic with this series. Regardless of which characters the issue focuses on, youll always be entertained. Saga is a comics juggernaut. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flip Geeks - Paul Ramos Nov 28, 2015

    Quite true, there is something more to be desired here. One, some of Fiona's arts are a bit rushed or drawn so simplistic, most probably due to her tremendous tasking responsibilities. But her sequential paneling command compensates these shortcomings. Two, her inking is visibly inconsistent in some panels, particularly the long angular perspectives to be paradoxically consistent with her minimalist artistic approach. Yet to casual readers, this one is hardly noticeable. Three, the graphic imageries are aplenty here, may cause some narrow-minded readers to cry nonsense critical rhetoric. But those "violent" and "mature" moments are integral components of the story, not just for shock value rubbish. And on the personal level, I miss Ghs! Nonetheless, Saga #31 starts nicely, having Hazel on board in full. And to give a proper sendoff here, I have to quote Alan Moore here whenever he finishes his appraisals, "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Entertainment Fuse - Jim Bush Dec 10, 2015

    It is certainly nice to have Saga back again. While its not that every issue of the series is a home run this issue is good not great but even the issues that arent standout are still solid. This is true of Saga #31, which makes some intriguing story choices with time that could dramatically change the series in upcoming issues. Will we jump forward in time with all of the characters? Will there be back and forth in time to catch readers up? I would think that the next issue will give us a pretty good indication. With Vaughan and Staples, though, it will no doubt be surprising. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 28, 2015

    I'm definitely excited to see where Saga goes. One can never predict what Vaughn and Staples have in store for their cast of varied characters, but it's usually always something amazing. For now, though, we slow things down to take a peek at a potentially very interesting part of Hazel's young life. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 25, 2015

    Saga is back, but while there are some shock moments and interesting growing pain issues in play, it's a bit bland and slow. Read Full Review

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