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Amazon resumes sales of Saga trade paperback

Amazon.com has resumed selling the first volume of Saga, the acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy epic by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, but has yet to indicate why the trade paperback was placed “under review” last week. While one report indicated there may have been problems with copies being warped by heat, neither Vaughan nor publisher Image Comics were given an explanation by the online retail giant.

“I’ve always loved Amazon, but maybe this incident should serve as a reminder that the best place to buy graphic novels is still your friendly neighborhood local comics store,” Vaughan said in a statement. “Saga exists only because retailers gave it so much support, and they were kind enough to order a metric ass-load of our trades, so they should still have copies on their shelves when you swing by on Wednesday. But if they’ve already sold out, Image still has a few extras stashed down in Kirkman’s basement, and good retailers can order you up a fresh one immediately. And if you’re still on the fence about picking up our filthy sci-fi/fantasy epic, you can always read our double-sized first issue in its entirety for FREE right here. Then we return monthly with Chapter Seven in two short weeks!”

Debuting in March, Saga follows two soldiers from opposite sides of an intergalactic war who fall in love and risk everything for their newborn daughter, in the process becoming fugitives on the run from their own governments.

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No love for us digital readers then that buy a copy with no production or distribution costs?

Never ceases to amaze me the sneaky attempts at censorship that are encountered. But Saga??? I am curious about what amazon.com has to say about all this? My future business with amazon might just depend on it.

Likely an error like you’ve described – a shipment (or shipments) warped by heat or some kind of external damage. It was me that got Wolfman/Perez’ Teen Titans Games pulled from Amazon.ca b/c I sent back two copies (massive water damage). So, they told me their policy was to “investigate” if they had multiple occurrences of the same defect. Took them 2 or 3 days, and then it was listed again and my perfect copy showed up.

Amazon continues to impress!

Kudos to Wood. Saga is one of my favorites, as is Wood himself. Well said. He’s right.

There are plenty of distribution and production costs associated with digital, by the way. Development, maintenance, storage, bandwidth, and credit card processing fees, to name a few.

Are we seriously still treating this regularly reoccuring issue like it’s news???? It happens all the time and lasts for a couple of days. No censorship…they just incestigate why they have multiple returns when that occassionaly happens.

This “incestigation” sounds dirty! I’m going to have to put your comment under review, Erik. ;-)

If it were a serious damage issue, they probably would have let us know (I work for Image). One can hope!

Thanks for keeping readers informed, Robot6!

And, yes, listen to Brian and support your local comics store!

Erik, I completely agree. Although, I’ve never received damaged merchandise, I’ve seen Amazon take down trades that I was trying to order temporarily for whatever reason. I just don’t think that this is a big deal or worthy of a whole post devoted to it.

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