It’s the end of an era for Saga and its fans. No, not the end of the series — that’s coming in about 40 or so issues, if I’m remembering correctly — but the end of its $2.99 price point.
Starting with issue #61, which is scheduled to arrive in shops next Wednesday, the hit series by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples will jump to $3.99.
In his Substack newsletter, Vaughn said that “you may have noticed on Fiona’s rocking cover that—after more than a decade of being one of the last comics anywhere still ‘holding the line at $2.99’—Saga has finally joined the ranks of books costing $3.99.
“As I say in next week’s To Be Continued, I’m sorry that various global economic factors that I know everybody’s feeling right now made this a move we couldn’t avoid any longer, but we still promise to always offer more new art and story (and more dopey letter columns) than any other similarly priced book on the stands.”
Saga debuted back in 2012, when the $2.99 price point was definitely more common. Despite that fact that most comic titles from Image and other publishers have moved to $3.99 or $4.99, they’ve manage to keep it at the lower price point until now. Given the rise in costs of everything, it’s not surprising they had to make this move.
“And for what it’s worth, if you ever feel like you didn’t get your money’s worth out of any issue of Saga, you can always send your copy to the To Be Continued offices at the address below for a full refund. (I can’t promise I won’t flip it for a profit on eBay though.),” Vaughn added.
You can read his full post (and see the first page of next week’s issue, which has a big spoiler on it) on Substack. Saga #61 will arrive in stores on Wednesday.