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Saga #20

by F.D. White on June 25, 2014

Written by Brian K. Vaughn
Art by: Fiona Staples

We’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again. That’s a saying that Saga has taken on from the beginning and made it an unspoken mantra of the series. Throughout the entire series so far I’ve noticed tropes, archetypes; bits and pieces of previous works being re-hashed and re-used in Saga. Usually this is seen as redundant or lazy, but in Saga it’s working. Maybe it’s because of the sci-fi twist, an original world does help it in that sense, or maybe it’s like Saga states in this very issue: it’s a drug, and I adore drugs.

I’ll read the same story over and over again, because each time it’s a slightly different experience. Vaughn and Staples seem to know this and just decided instead of subconsciously re-hashing old stories to actively take bits and pieces of other stories and put them in Saga. In doing so this makes the story fresh. I’m sure there will even be moments later on the series that re-use moments from earlier in the series. It’s a bold move that could blow up in their faces, but like myself, most readers don’t seem to mind it. Hell, they embrace it.

This is the issue where they admit it, Saga isn’t trying to change the world, maybe just change the way you feel, but only for a little bit. Even still, they want you to come back again and again for it, and I know I will.

F.D. White is a talking TV that shows what he is thinking on his face. You can follow him on Twitter @fdwhite19

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