What… What… What…
DON’T READ THIS. JUST GO ON BEING HAPPY AND PRETENDING EVERYTHING IS OK IN THE SAGA WORLD.
IDK HOW TO REVIEW THIS.
Honestly, this was one of the best volumes of the series, in my opinion, in terms of emotion and characters and relationships. Alana, Marko, Hazel, Sir Robot IV, Squire, Petrichor, Ghus, Upsher, Doff—everyone was together and friendly and it was so much fun to see the dynamics among them. There wasn’t anything wrong with this volume. It was great. Funny. Touching. Deep. Beautiful.
But it was heartbreaking. And it was a pretty terrible way to end things before a hiatus, if I’m being honest. You could at least leave your readers with some hope and good feelings! But I digress. It’s a great series. I’m not serious when I tell you not to read this one. Just be prepared because it’s brutal.
Now I’m going to share some spoiler-filled thoughts. These are no-holds-barred spoilers. I highly recommend you not read these if you haven’t read this volume yet but are planning to. You’ve been warned.
WHY. WHY DID SIR ROBOT IV HAVE TO DIE. 😭 Ok, I know why—themes of “violence begets violence” and all that—but that doesn’t mean I have to be happy about it. I know he wasn’t always a good person. I know he’d done terrible things in his past. I know he was still making mistakes, even in this book. I know he was so very far from perfect. But he was trying, which is more than can be said for most crappy people in the world. He was learning from his mistakes. He was becoming a better person. He was trying to be a good father, even if he wasn’t always succeeding. He was vulnerable and honest with Petrichor. He was becoming friends with Alana and Marko. He was super sweet to Hazel. He was a total softie sometimes.
He wanted to start over and make a new life for himself and his son. He was so close. And damn it, whether he deserved that or not, he was still my favorite character in the series and one of my all-time favorites period. He was complex and dynamic and terrible and good and sarcastic and sweet and funny and sad, and I loved him for it. He was flawed and messed up and broken, but you know what? So are a lot of us, just in different ways. He was flawed, and yet, he still had good in him, and he still had people who cared about him, and that’s a nice thing to see in a book—that it’s never too late to try and be better and that it’s still possible for people to love you even when you feel broken. Does this excuse some of the things he’s done? No. But I can get behind characters who are able to admit their mistakes and try to be better.
And just for the record, I 100% believe, as Marko did, that IV wasn’t actually going to sell out Hazel and her family. He was saying whatever he needed to to get out of the situation because he knew that not only would he be killed, but the others would be in danger too. He even tried to argue with Marko in order to get him to leave and save everyone, and he was relieved when he thought they were all safe even though it meant he had no bargaining chip left for his own life.
IV: “What are you doing, you fucking simpleton? Didn’t you hear? I was in the process of selling out your entire family!”
Marko: “Yeah, but I never believe anything you say.”
IV: “Because you’re a fucking simpleton! Now get back to the others and—”
Marko: “They’re long gone, including your son. I made them all blast off the second I caught an unfamiliar stench on the island… no offense.”
IV: “Oh, thank god.”
Anyway, I’ve been dealing with my IV feels by pinning lots of fan art to my Bookish Fan Art board lately. I didn’t pin this one because it’s a spoiler, but it’s both sad and beautiful, and I love it. I’m gonna miss IV. Rest in peace, my beloved TV-headed prince.
Doff also deserves a mention. He wasn’t a bad person. I loved his and Upsher’s relationship. I loved how much they loved each other. He didn’t deserve to be killed.
Last but not least, Marko! Seriously, this volume was a wrecking ball. His may not have been the death that affected me the most, but it’s definitely still a sad one, one that I know many people have been devastated by, and understandably so. He was a good father, a good partner, a good friend, and, most importantly, a good person, and the only reason he was even killed was because he was protecting those he cared about but still didn’t want to be a killer himself.
And of course I feel bad for all the characters they left behind who will miss them.
I can’t believe The Will was ever my favorite character. Fuck him. He barged into this volume and screwed up everything.
Another thing—IV, Marko, and The Will were all abused as kids. They all also had flashbacks when they were being killed (even though The Will survived), and I’m admittedly not great at finding the meaning in stories, but it seemed to me that Brian K. Vaughan used those flashbacks to show not only how violence begets violence but also how all three characters had similarities in their childhoods but took different roads later in life. Marko managed to overcome his violence-filled past by focusing on people he loved. I think IV was getting there. But The Will just became entirely focused on violence and vengeance.
Anyway… I don’t have an eloquent way to end my thoughts. Just, everyone died, and it was awful.
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