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Step By Bloody Step #4

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The tragedy. The truth. The great secret, revealed at last. And a painful lesson: Sometimes you can’t complete a journey without turning to see how far you’ve come.


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The tragedy. The truth. The great secret, revealed at last. And a painful lesson: Sometimes you can’t complete a journey without turning to see how far you’ve come.

30 review for Step By Bloody Step #4

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Perez

    Wow.... The girl has lost her giant, but she continues onward to her destination in the snow land. But she can't do anything, so she fights back against the land that has literally prevented her from turning back. I won't spoil the ending, but dear God is both a tear-jerker and an "Oh my God!" moment. Sacrifices take a lot, sometimes a lot of your love. Sometimes other will have to make the same sacrifice you did just so that love can continue and just so things can get accomplished. It's a bit he Wow.... The girl has lost her giant, but she continues onward to her destination in the snow land. But she can't do anything, so she fights back against the land that has literally prevented her from turning back. I won't spoil the ending, but dear God is both a tear-jerker and an "Oh my God!" moment. Sacrifices take a lot, sometimes a lot of your love. Sometimes other will have to make the same sacrifice you did just so that love can continue and just so things can get accomplished. It's a bit heartbreaking, how cyclical it can all be, but the girl and the giant know that now. And they were both content with it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    Si Spurrier really just dropped two of the best indie comics of the year back-to-back.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Oneirosophos

    Incredible art, awful story!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kastie Pavlik

    This series, for me, has been more a metaphor for life than an independent story, but the story itself is eloquently wrapped up in beautiful visuals and tons of emotion. There's a point where I think the story and the metaphor split so that one can continue to the end and the other can leave the reader with multiple interpretations. Without spoilers, the metaphor speaks to the loss of innocence, how once it's gone, you can't get it back, and that the barriers erected simply can't be overcome. Yo This series, for me, has been more a metaphor for life than an independent story, but the story itself is eloquently wrapped up in beautiful visuals and tons of emotion. There's a point where I think the story and the metaphor split so that one can continue to the end and the other can leave the reader with multiple interpretations. Without spoilers, the metaphor speaks to the loss of innocence, how once it's gone, you can't get it back, and that the barriers erected simply can't be overcome. You can only pick up the pieces and move forward, numbed and angry, and grieving more for yourself than for what you've lost. But when you really take that hard look inward and mourn for what was stolen, you can look back at all the moments, even the painful ones, for clarity and a path forward through life. Here is where I believe the story splits, so I'll move into spoiler tags. (view spoiler)[When the girl arrives at the tree of life, we're given a panel of a wheel that depicts the stages of life - birth, where the infant is entirely dependent on the guardian, adolescence, where the child is dependant, but curious and learning, adulthood, where the child walks hand in hand with the guardian and shares life, and the guardian's elderly life, where the roles change and the child becomes the guardian's caregiver. Obviously, our girl never experienced this stage, and, though she entered adulthood, she didn't share it hand in hand on equal footing. She was still somewhat stuck in that middle part of adolescent selfishness and rebellion while she was being distracted so that her guardian could be manipulated and destroyed. That moment where her innocence was stolen. So, at the tree of life, she reads the instructions and does what she thinks she's supposed to do, but it doesn't work. I think a few things happen here. First, the story takes over and shows us a magical turning of the clock where the girl's 20/20 hindsight allows her to make more responsible choices at that pivotal moment and everything resolves for the better. The guardian grows old in the life they share, she cares for it, and they return to the tree to start the cycle anew. The tree flourishes and she becomes the guardian to take care of the next generation, very much symbolic of parenthood. But then I think the metaphor splits. In real life, you don't get second chances like this. You can't rewind time. But you can get stuck in memory. You can think and think and think of what you should have done. What you could have done. And all of the "what ifs" that follow. And that is what we see - the metaphor for what could have happened IF she hadn't taken her guardian for granted, hadn't rebelled, had listened, had learned, had paid more attention, had matured, etc. In this scene, it's snowing. She's made an impossible, difficult journey back to her birthplace with no guardian and little protection from the weather, and the tree is dead, the lock broken. I chose to interpret this as either: 1, she's dying and seeing her life and regrets play out in her mind to where she pinpoints the moment that changed everything, and then fades out to the fantasy of the happy ending that could have happened IF only..., Or 2, exhausted from the journey and the ordeal, she finally realizes that she will never overcome this barrier in the way that she wants--unlike the many obstacles she overcame with the guardian at her side--and must face reality. This awakens her fully to her grief. She mourns the moments of her life where she can see and appreciate everything the guardian did for her, how it allowed her to enjoy an unburdened life, and how much she took for granted, how much the guardian suffered so that she didn't have to. And that changes her perspective of the events in her adolescence and early adulthood. She clearly sees the moment she lost the innocence her guardian fought so hard to protect, and realizes how differently things could have been had she only done X, Y, or Z. And then the happy ending fantasy plays out. It's the "in a perfect world," this would have happened scenario. She would have made a better decision, been more tuned into protecting not only herself, but her guardian, and would have claimed victory on behalf of all those who were wronged by the choices she made that led to her guardian's deterioration and manipulation. It's the guilt we all feel when we either feel or are at fault for something that happens to someone else because of something we did. We all play the What If game. Fantasize about what could have happened. In this interpretation, we aren't privy to the remainder of the girl's life, but we are left with a hopeful meaning by the single flower on the tree in the end: life goes on. No matter the choices and mistakes we make, we must learn or stagnate because life doesn't just stop while we process, or ignore, what we've gone through. Life moves forward and we can either move with it or get dragged along. Regardless of our harsh reality, life goes on. (hide spoiler)] This is a beautiful series and I absolutely love how thought provoking it is.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cameron Howell

    4.5

  6. 4 out of 5

    Laurian

    A beautiful ending

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This ending was brutal on the feels.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    3.75

  9. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Paul

    So, so good. I want an oversized HC so bad!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vasyl Kerimov

  11. 4 out of 5

    Catarina Prata

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Marshall

  13. 5 out of 5

    Megan Jenkins

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Carnahan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  16. 5 out of 5

    Honeyjam

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marius

  18. 5 out of 5

    Darah

  19. 4 out of 5

    IAN CUSLIDGE

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nick

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jas Shergill

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Purdum

  23. 4 out of 5

    Callum

  24. 5 out of 5

    Esa Havu

  25. 5 out of 5

    Comics Doctor

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cristian Castillo Garcia

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alice

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