Yesterday saw the release of Saga #42 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples from Image Comics. Was this the answer to life, the universe and everything?
I really hope not. Cos it was a toughie.
I'm nervous about reading Saga #42. It's the end of their current arc and I don't know if I can take that this week.
— Charley Sumner 🍩🎲🐉 (@SeeSome) January 25, 2017
It also worked far better in print than in digital. By stint of doing the kind of thing that comic books do so well, using the actual act of turning a page to generate emotion.
If you have a tendency to get emotional, you might want to avoid reading Saga #42. That said, I'd say it's worth the risk! 😊
— Jack Fisher (@MarvelMaster616) January 25, 2017
Because in this issue there was death. Of characters old, new, unseen. And then, as the comic book concluded with a full black page with one caption, the page is turned. To a double page spread of black. And again. And again. And the back cover, also black, with only the UPC box to break the darkness. Eight pages of black, one after the other, hammering home the finality of the death we've just witnessed. And no light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how many pages you turn, your act of lifting the page making you complicit in the hopelessness of the action.
And the end of the issue. Of the arc. And no new Saga until at least May.
The reaction was, in retrospect, expected.
— S.R. Krøyer (@skroyer09) January 26, 2017
Saga #42 is absolutely heartbreaking. Utterly cruel.
— Grey (@GreyTheTick) January 26, 2017
@fionastaples *finishes Saga #42* but whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
— john 🏳️🌈 (@thepharmercyx) January 26, 2017
— Robert Green (@robgreen3110) January 26, 2017
— Keven Skinner (@KevenSkinner) January 26, 2017
Just read Saga 42 and..
— KJ (@thegentleman4) January 26, 2017
SAGA #42 was one of the bleakest issues of a stapled comic book I've ever read. I felt massively depressed after reading it.
— J. Caleb Mozzocco (@jkaylub) January 26, 2017
Saga #42 absolutely broke my fucking heart. Goddamn you BKV. Goddamn you.
— Jonny Suarr 🎸 (@ragesocks) January 26, 2017
Just read Saga issue 42. pic.twitter.com/nHOAYNed8t
— Gavin M (@FriendlessMean) January 26, 2017
Just read Saga #42. Might have been the darkest issue of the series to date, which is really saying something. Simply outstanding. #NCBD
— A . 함 (@GiantAsianMan) January 26, 2017
— Chris Marino (@MuchoTweets) January 26, 2017
Jesus Christ, Saga #42 is a real fucking kick in the nuts. Just brutal.
— chrisberez (@chrisberez) January 26, 2017
— Kayla Machado (@KluhKhill) January 26, 2017
Just finished SAGA #42. That ending… I can't even.
— Julio Angel Ortiz (@jaowriter) January 26, 2017
saga #42 total bummer 😢
— reina (@youngcastillo_) January 26, 2017
— Kevin Carey – I Am Geek (@iamgeek32) January 26, 2017
Saga 42 got me out here like -EM pic.twitter.com/5FkS5ZclD8
— Black Chick Lit (@blackchicklit) January 26, 2017
If you're already feeling down, I'd suggest saving #Saga42 for another day.
— errin (@errin_jade) January 25, 2017
Wow… Ummm… Anyone else not OK after issue #42 of Saga?
— Caelin. (@Cae_9) January 25, 2017
— Karen E Conway (@vertdragain) January 25, 2017
FUCK. I was not ready for Saga #42 💔
— charles (@charlesthehuman) January 25, 2017
Saga #42: the red wedding of comic books 💔
— Garrett is headong into woods to get abducted (@badslvg) January 25, 2017
So uh Saga 42…that was some powerful storytelling. Hats off to @fionastaples & BKV for another heart wrenching issue.
— Jay Nystrom (@DocHavok) January 25, 2017
— BabuLias 🐻 (@df_porto) January 25, 2017
Public Service Warning! Make sure you're sitting down when you read Saga issue 42.
— MidtownComicsPod (@MtownPodcast) January 25, 2017
in floods over saga 42 hbu
— ✨big witch energy🔮 (@PoppyAnneMarie) January 25, 2017
Saga #42. Ugggg my heart hurts. 💔
— Eggsy (@amandaegle) January 25, 2017
@SkinnyGirlFH loved your video on Saga….this was my first time reading graphic novels….and I'm loving it. I just finished issue 42 😭😭😭
— Kiara Palmer (@MsKiaraSimone) January 25, 2017
— John Brennan (@Wound_up_Bird) January 25, 2017
I am crying so much from saga pic.twitter.com/wufD9dIr6L
— Lobeznita on hiatus (@Iaurakinney) January 25, 2017
This months 'Saga' left me in tears. @itsBV & @fionastaples, you two just wrecked me.
— 𝘿𝙆 (@DKlarations) January 26, 2017
— Hawkguy (@JohnnyHall3) January 25, 2017
— Ray (@TheKraang) January 25, 2017
I was numb at the end. So many emotions!
— Karen Strong (@KarenMusings) January 25, 2017
i do NOT recommend reading saga i am crying shit hit me too fucking deep in my feelings im DONE.
— paao söt (@kungpaola) January 25, 2017
— ✩ heather (@heyyyheather) January 25, 2017
Today's SAGA 42 is probably my favorite issue so far! BKV knows how to get a reaction out of his audience. Enjoy!
— Famous Faces & Funnies (@FFFComics) January 25, 2017
Just finished Saga 42… That was unexpected.
— Juliette (@ElusiveJ) January 25, 2017
— Cape and Cowl Comics (@capecowlcomics) January 25, 2017
Holy shit the most recent issue of #Saga has me v emotional…… I'm not crying, you're crying
— Nina Gregor (@writerlynina) January 26, 2017