Brian K. Vaughan Returns to Comics with SAGA at Image

Brian K. Vaughan Launches SAGA at Image

There hasn't been a new Brian K. Vaughan-written comic since Ex Machina ended last year, but the streak ends in 2012 with a new creator-owned Image series titled Saga.

First announced Saturday during the "Creator-Owned Comics with Robert Kirkman" at Comic-Con International: San Diego, the book, co-created by series artist Fiona Staples, is an "ongoing drama for adults" focusing on a family struggling for survival in the midst of war. This is Vaughan's first work for Image.

Image's full press release follows:

THE SAGA BEGINS IN 2012

Image Comics Welcomes Return of Brian K. Vaughan

Berkeley, CA – 25 July 2011 – Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2011, comics fans and the comics news media buzzed with rumors that Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed writer of Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways and Pride of Baghdad, was returning to comics. Vaughan's return was confirmed at Image Comics' Kirkman Talks Creator-Owned panel Saturday, when Vaughan announced that he is launching SAGA, an all-new ongoing title co-created with artist Fiona Staples, at Image in 2012.

"It's an honor to be doing my first work with Image as they start to celebrate twenty years of publishing creator-owned comics," said Vaughan.

Vaughan continued, "I love this medium more than any other, and I've been dying to tackle one more epic ongoing monthly series, but I wanted to find the right story and the perfect collaborator. I'm more excited about SAGA with co-creator Fiona Staples than any project I've ever worked on, so I hope we'll be able to explore our strange new universe for years to come."

Fiona Staples is a Shuster Award-winning artist whose most recent work includes Jonah Hex, Mystery Society, Northlanders, and the Eisner-nominated North 40.

"I don't think I've made it a secret that Brian is one of my absolute favorite writers in comics and my enthusiasm for his excellent work makes me beyond excited to welcome him to the fold," commented Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "Likewise, I've admired Fiona's work for years, and I think she and Brian are a perfect match. There aren't enough superlatives for a team like this!"

Their science fiction SAGA will be an ongoing drama for adults, chronicling the epic life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war.

SAGA #1 will debut in early 2012.

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