To celebrate their 25th anniversary — and no doubt to encourage new or lapsed readers to pick up the title — Image Comics has announced that Saga #43 will cost 25 cents.
The award-winning series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples kicks off a new storyline in that issue, which is due out in May. Image is also offering retailers a 25th anniversary print featuring new Saga artwork by Staples.
“I am so proud of this issue, and excited for our craziest storyline yet!” said Vaughan. “Fiona and I wanted to thank our incredible readers for five years of loyalty with this special $0.25 issue, but we also hoped to encourage anyone who hasn’t yet read SAGA to finally dip their toes in our water (eww).”
Vaughan and Staple’s epic space opera kicked off in 2012, telling the story of two star-crossed lovers on opposite sides of a galactic war, and their daughter, Hazel, who narrates the comic. It’s taken home several Eisner Awards since its debut, and has also appeared in the American Library Association’s list of 10 most-challenged books in 2014.
“So if you have ‘mature’ friends or loved ones you think might be weird enough to enjoy our series, why not pick up a few extra copies to share with them?” asked Vaughan. “Either way, we know our beloved retailing partners won’t profit as much as they would from our regular $2.99 cover price, so if we save you a few bucks in May, we hope you’ll please consider shifting a little of that money back to your local store by trying Paper Girls or The Old Guard or Stray Bullets or any of the other spectacular collection of creator-owned comics that our friends at Image have been publishing for an unbelievable 25 years.”