Fiona Staples

For me, anything new from Brian K. Vaughan is a must-buy. After giving the world both Ex Machina and Y:The Last Man, he’s earned it. I’ve been pumped for Saga since it was announced at Comic-Con last summer, and I went to my local comics shop this week wishin’ and hopin’ for a book that wouldn’t disappoint. Would the Vaughan magic transfer over to the space opera scale he was going for?


Eisner Award-winning comics writer Brian K. Vaughan will return to the world of comics next year with a new creator-owned sci-fi series Saga. Vaughan and Saga’s publisher – Image Comics – announced the series Saturday at ComicCon.

Vaughan has contributed to everything from Batman to Ultimate X-Men, but is best known for his own created titles like Runaways, Y: The Last Man (2008 Best Series Eisner) and Ex Machina (2005 Best New Series and Best Writer Eisners). He’s spent the last couple of years working in Hollywood as a writer for Lost and crafting screen adaptations of his own comics, but now he’s coming back to the medium that made him a star.

Fiona Staples (who most recently has been drawing stuff like Jonah Hex and Superman/Batman for DC) will draw the book. Details are scant on the plot, but in an interview with our friends at Comic Book Resource, Vaughan said it’s definitely sci-fi (he names Star Wars as a key inspiration), and it’s definitely for mature readers.

So far, all that I’ve seen is a beautiful teaser poster by Fiona Staples for the new series that two of you are collaborating on, which is called “Saga.” The poster features two enticing characters with Spockian ears, horns and wings. Is it safe to say this is a science fiction/fantasy tale?

Yep, sci-fi/fantasy for adults. We’re gonna earn that “M” rating.

I know you’re not ready to share too many details just yet as the first issue doesn’t ship till 2012, but big picture, what can you tell us about “Saga”?

“Saga” is an epic drama chronicling the life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war. 100 percent creator-owned. Ongoing. Monthly. Fiona and I are banking issues now.

And the two characters from the poster, are they the series’ leads? Even if not, who are they?

I guess you could call them our romantic leads. Afraid I can’t say much more than that yet.

I know we’re all supposed to be starstruck by all the movie stars and cinema giants roaming around ComicCon these days, but honestly, this is what that joint is really about. One of the most acclaimed writers of his generations is on his way back to the medium with an epic sci-fi book for grown-ups? Hell yeah.