Wish me luck.
After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
Top 9 Thoughts
Alana and Marko :: their commitment to family and themselves and their individuality and healing after past rifts is still adorable. Together and free is the dream. And they have pretty faces.
Hazel :: this kid. She can talk and she has almost no filter. This makes her more than a little adorable, and relatable as well. Of course, it’s also a little painful. Hazel must be sheltered from the very communities she is a part of lest she get hurt, so she can’t always relate to those around her. And with her family… let’s just say she is a chubby bowl of bittersweet.
Klara :: I never anticipated this woman becoming one of my favorite characters, but here we are. I love Klara. I love the space Klara has to be Klara. Is she flawed? Yes. Hardened? Yes. Hateful, even? That, too. And yet so much of Klara is about the fierce kinship she shares with those she loves. Her son and his wife. Her granddaughter. The community of women she is proud to be a part of. Family makes her hard and soft, and they are all her family.
The Will :: so I realize he remains a part of this series because sooner or later he’s going to attack Alana and Marko’s family and kill them, but still. HE IS A POOR BABY. His loss hurts, too. I sympathize with him greatly. WHY CAN’T HE BE OKAY?
Prince Robot :: while still a major a-hole, he also has this stupid nobility and honor that makes him… decent. Especially around children. I wish I could hate him more. But I can't so I shan't.
teachers :: there are people who believe in kids and who pass on the most important values because they actually believe in them. There are teachers who foster hope. Noreen is one of them.
diversity :: much like in our own world, controversy abounds among gender roles and identities, sexual orientations, interracial/inter-species romance, and so on. The diverse range of characters is great, of course, but the real thought-provoking part is how members of these oppressed groups still turn on one another and doing so. Self-preservation, perhaps. I don’t have a conclusion to this thought, but I’d like to follow it in the rest of the series.
media :: on that note, we reunite with our amphibious journalists who hope to expose Alana and Marko, on account of it would be very profitable. I struggle to sympathize with their motivations but in our world of social media and instant news, I think they present questions worth asking. Is what I say mine to share? Is it right? Do people need the sensational?
ending :: *bursts into tears and is very sad and happy and melancholy and concerned and anxious and MOAR*
TL;DR :: I am in this for the character development and due to the emotional manipulation my heart is having problems with keeping it together. I loved it. I want more of it. I need it. That is all.