Image Comics, always working to keep fans on their toes, have announced another surprise-release that’s taking place this very week. The Saga Compendium Volume 1, a mammoth collection of the first 54 issues of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples‘s space epic, was originally scheduled for release in late September. Today the publisher announced that the volume would land in stores tomorrow.
Image has a history of surprising readers and retailers with special releases and events. The Robert Kirkman and Chris Burnham series Die!Die!Die! was announced the same day it released in comic shops, while more recently the long-running hit series The Walking Dead concluded its run suddenly, something Image went out of their way to hide with fake solicitations for future issues that do not exist.
The surprise-release of the Saga Compendium is a great way to reignite interest in the Eisner-winning series, which has been on hiatus for over a year. While no release date for Saga #55 has yet been announced, an EW interview with Vaughan a few months ago revealed that the series is planned to run for 108 issues, making the Saga Compendium Volume 1 a collection of the first half of the series.
Check out Image’s full announcement of the surprise release below, and look for the Saga Compendium Volume 1 in comic shops tomorrow, August 21st.
PORTLAND, Ore. 08/20/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated Saga: Compendium One trade paperback by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, which was initially announced with a September release date, has arrived in stores early and will be available for sale tomorrow Wednesday, August 21.
Longtime fans of the series need not wait any longer to snap up the binge-worthy tome which clocks in at over 1,200 pages of epic, space operatic, award winning adventure.
Collecting the first nine volumes of the full color, critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series into one massive paperback, the Saga: Compendium One tells the entire story (so far!) of a girl named Hazel and her star-crossed parents.
The Saga: Compendium One (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1346-0, Diamond Code MAY190044) includes a new cover from Eisner Award winning Saga co-creator and artist Fiona Staples along with issues #1-54 of the series. It will be available at your local comic shop tomorrow. It can also be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.