The first volume of this amazing story starts off with a pretty ordinary premise that turns into something extraordinary. Alana and Marko are two star-crossed lovers from two opposing worlds at war. Alana is from Landfall, and Marko from Landfall’s moon, Wreath. On top of that, the two had a baby named Hazel, and her very existence throws everyone off. They want to kill all of them, so both their home worlds call for help to stop them. The villains who go after Alana and Marko are just as interesting.
I’ve been a huge fan of these comics for a while, and I really love the direction it’s been heading. But in order to talk about that, we must start at the beginning. There will be spoilers ahead.
Prince Robot IV is among the villains, and his story was the most fascinating to me. He’s from Landfall’s ally planet The Robot Kingdom, and he’s a prince who’s been at war for years, finally returning home to his princess to build a family. Except, now he has to go after Alana and Marko, and he’s not too happy about that. There are two freelancers after them as well, The Will, and The Stalk. But as it turns out, getting to Marko and Alana ends with more disasters than victories.
Hazel’s babysitter, Izabel, is one of my favorite characters. She’s so down to earth, and so helpful to everyone, but she doesn’t get enough credit. Even though The Stalk was pretty cool, I think that if Prince Robot IV hadn’t killed her at the beginning, she would have captured Alana and Marko. So, yeah, maybe he killed her unjustly, but it worked out in the end. Also, my poor Robot doesn’t get to come home to his wife and baby. Give him a break.
In the second volume, we learn a little bit more about Marko’s childhood. He saw war first hand as a kid, and he was taught to hate people from Landfall. Of course, things changed along the way. We also get to meet Marko’s parents, who are fierce people that are really not trustworthy of Alana. I liked Barr, despite him butting heads with Alana at first. I was really sad to hear he was dying, but I was glad he built a relationship with Alana before passing.
We finally get to meet Gwendolyn here as she finds The Will. She wants to get to Marko–her ex-fiance–to get back the translation rings that belonged to her family. The Will is too worried about saving a Slave Girl, which makes Gwendolyn jump on board. They finally get Sophie out of Sextilion and to safety. But just as they’re about to reach Alana and Marko’s rocket ship, they get shot at by this weird planet that’s an actual living thing, which nearly kills my dear Lying Cat.
I loved the way this ended with Prince Robot IV going to Quietus, the planet he knew Alana and Marko were hiding simply by reading Alana’s favorite novel. He’s truly good at his job, because they had all been there for a while. Anyway, my favorite thing to see was Sophie finally safe. That poor girl didn’t deserve what was happening to her. It was so sad to see Barr die, though. I don’t think he deserved to go so soon.
The third volume shows Marko in a different light. He shows signs of depression as he deals with his father’s passing. The press is a big part of this volume. I have to admit, I wasn’t a big fan of this storyline. Sure, the tabloids want a story, but I just didn’t care about how they got it. I did like the insight into Alana’s past. The reporters go to Alana’s old house to interview her dad, but instead we find a young woman who married him and calls herself Alana’s mom. It’s obvious why Alana left to join the military.
I thought the whole meeting Mr. Heist was very realistic. The guy was drunk, in his underwear, and he threw up on Hazel. What a way to portray authors. But honestly, is that such a lie? Anyway, I was glad to see that he did live up to Alana’s expectations. And that his romance novel did really have a message hidden, which Alana and Marko understood. I think Mr. Heist was an incredible character, and I loved his relationship with Klara.
The entire exchange between Prince Robot IV and Mr. Heist made me uncomfortable. Obviously tensions were high, but I kept waited for something terrible to happen. And then what happens? Robot wants to die. Yeah, and he shoots Mr. Heist, but mostly, he just wants to die.
The whole thing with The Will hallucinating was totally trippy. For a second, I really thought The Stalk could somehow talk to him from beyond the grave. But no, apparently he was being drugged from the food on the planet. Sophie ended up stabbing The Will due to the same reason, and Gwendolyn panicked because it turns out she had feelings for him all along. In fact, Gwendolyn threw caution to the wind as she found her way to Quietus, killed Mr. Heist, all in search for Marko to save The Will. The worst thing, though, is that Robot gets hit, falls injured, and is rebooted to something he isn’t.
Marko and Alana and Hazel all survive the encounter with Gwendolyn, which is more than we can say for pretty much everyone else. And I loved that the end of the volume shows Hazel all grown up now. It kind of closes that chapter of their lives.
Volume four is where all things go to hell. Alana starts working for the Open Circuit, and she gets into drugs. Meanwhile, Marko spends time with some girl who is totally flirting with him, and he seems oblivious to it all. To make matters worse, Prince Robot IV is totally off his rockers lost in Sextilion, until he realizes his wife is dead and his baby is missing. I mean, things just couldn’t get any worse for all of them.
I know this volume has a lot of important storylines, but it is just so depressing. I hate seeing Alana high off her mind, and Marko with that Ginny girl, and Robot mourning his wife and looking for his baby. I didn’t appreciate any of that. I loved seeing Gwendolyn and Sophie working together, trying to help The Will.
I hate that Dengo dude that kidnapped Robot’s baby. He’s completely heartless. I get that he has a sad story, but that doesn’t give him the right to kill everyone on his path. However, the ending of this volume brings a lot of hope. Robot and Marko are together, and they’re on the hunt for Dengo to save both of their families. That’s the perfect ending.
So far, the series has not disappointed. I recommend it to absolutely everyone.
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