(art by 0sami)
And next up; the unforgettable Leo Valdez.
We’ve seen this guy lose his mother, blow up monsters, create the greatest warship of all time, befriend his great grandfather’s girlfriend, and win the heart of an immortal goddess (finally).
His story, without a doubt, has been heart-wrenching, hilarious, and fantastic, if we’re putting it lightly. From the very first chapter, so many years ago, no one has made us laugh or cry like Leo Valdez has.
He’s got his flaws- he doesn’t always take things seriously, and he can disregard feelings. But his heart has always been in the right place. Despite a life of running away, hiding, and hardships, he’s become a hero, in every aspect of the word.
The crew needs him. And not just for his amazing Argo 2. The whole quest falls on his shoulders essentially, and I’m so excited to see how he brings Gaea down.
Watching his adventures through the books has been emotional, to say the least. One minute, we’re crying with laughter, then we’re crying with…well, crying.
I think I’m going to miss our bad-boy supreme a lot more than is probably healthy. Thanks for the good times, and the growing times, and the trying times, Valdez. Team Leo forever!
"I’m Leo Valdez, bad-boy supreme. And the ladies love a bad boy."
"Don’t stay in one place too long. It was the only way to stay ahead of the sadness."
"I figure the universe is basically like a machine. I don’t know who made it, if it was the Fates, or the gods, or capital-G God, or whatever. But it chugs along like it’s supposed to most of the time. Sure, little pieces break and stuff goes haywire once in a while, but mostly…things happen for a reason."