After the last chapter, is it any wonder that Part 9 would seem conventional and mundane? Without roach-frogs and atom bombs, everything is back to normal, almost, back on Earth. Focused on the legacy of Major Briggs, The Return once more surprises and delights. Interdimensional portals and secret messages, mysterious coordinates, and callous murder. These things have become commonplace in the face of what we’ve been through so far.
Our disassociation, like Jerry Horne’s, is not self-inflicted as it may have appeared at first but is completely manufactured by forces outside of our control and there is little we can do to affect or understand what is going on. The story is moving forward. All will be revealed. Let’s just enjoy the ride.
I am more than a little disturbed by Diane’s connection to Bad Coop. Where it looked like she had been a victim what is she now? The level of unease that permeates each installment is exquisitely disturbing but entirely understandable. I keep telling myself I knew was I was in for when I signed up.