So, if you’ve been reading all my reviews for the Saga series, then you already know that I love Marko (because who doesn’t) and that I kind of love The Will even more but in a different way because he’s actually the more interesting character to me.
But I’m also starting to really like Robot IV too. I know, I know, I mentioned his nice body and how great he looks in his uniform in my last review, but just because I like a character’s body, it doesn’t mean I like the character—come on, I have more depth than that ;-) No, see, the thing about IV is, he’s kind of a terrible person (well, robot), but he’s also freaking hilarious. He’s one of those sarcastic, quippy, condescending asshole characters. He really believes he’s surrounded by idiots and is the only sane, intelligent lifeform around most of the time. And we all know those characters are the ones we know we should hate but can’t help but kind of love anyway because don’t we all feel that way sometimes? Regardless, thanks to the way Volume 4 ended *SPOILER ALERT* (with Marko and IV having to team up and work together despite their mutual dislike of each other, to put it nicely) *END SPOILER ALERT*, this volume was IV’s time to shine! *Warning, there be copious amounts of cursing ahead.*
Yuma: “He can’t just murder the man, IV.”
IV: “Then allow me.”
Marko: “I told you when we started this, no killing.”
IV: “And I told you, that’s fucking asinine.”
[After Marko and Yuma take bad acid and are basically unconscious]
Ghus: “What are we gonna do?”
IV: “Blow them both out an airlock, I suppose.”
IV: “These assholes are my own people.”
Marko: “Who just tried to assassinate you!”
IV: “And while I admire your sudden evolution from pansy to warlord, maybe there’s something to be said for retreating to fight another day.”
Marko: “Teleporting without mag fields is suicide!”
IV: “Or homicide if I can take you insufferable losers out with me…”
But the thing is, I also started to sympathize with IV because I realized… is he really the bad guy? I mean, he’s just fighting for his side in the war the same way everyone else is, the same way Marko once did even. Ok, he’s a jerk and doesn’t have as much regard for life as he should, but he loves his wife and kid, he cares about his people, and he’s actually not all bad. And one scene especially made me really want to give the poor guy a hug because I felt so bad for him.
Moving on from Robot IV and his highly entertaining antics, I was actually tempted to rate this volume higher than the others because I found the whole thing to be funnier. Hazel was a little older and therefore talking more, which provided some funny moments. Then there was Ghus, who was funny just by being himself, not because he was trying to be. He was a such a sweetheart and was really the glue of their little misbegotten team. My favorite, however, was when *SPOILER ALERT (won’t spoil the story but will spoil the joke)* the surgeon general told IV that his robot blood would help save Marko and Yuma after they took some bad acid, and Ghus, standing there with his big ax thing and staring right at IV, just responded with, “You don’t say…” as poor IV backed away *END SPOILER ALERT*. But really, look me in the eye and tell me this is not adorable.
I also found this volume to be more emotional than the others. Numerous characters died (I’ll be vague so as not to spoil anything), one of which I really liked and was sad to see go (as well as sad for the character they left behind). Another I didn’t like quite so much, but their last act was a noble one. And yet another character was even willing to sacrifice himself instead which made for even more emotional moment.
Wow, I didn’t plan for this review to be so long! Apparently I’m just getting really into this series, guys. So overall, Volume 5 was a fantastic addition to a series that only seems to be getting better!
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