This week I am going to talk about a book called Giant Days from Boom! Studios. Giant Days #1 (of 6) is written by John Allison with art by Lissa Treiman. I know… I am straying from my weekly Image reviews… its ok everyone I am sure I will review another Image book soon.
This book, like all Boom! Studios books came out of nowhere for me. Boom! Is not a publisher I read very often as I don’t usually enjoy the stuff they are putting out, but every once in awhile I take a shot in the dark and see what happens. There were two things that drew me to this book, the first was the title and the second was the art.
The title caught me because I was thinking hard about the excellent book I Kill Giants by Image. I was reading an article about how it is getting an adaptation and decided to switch from news to comics. The first comic I saw in my digital pile was Giant Days. Instantly I hoped that I had somehow missed an announcement of a follow up and I dove in. I immediately could tell that this had nothing to do with I Kill Giants. But I stuck around after reading a few panels and soon had read the entire issue. This book is a slice of life book about 3 university attending women. The “home schooled and naive Daisy Wooton”, the pale hipster/goth Esther De Groot, and their friend and narrator Susan Ptolemy (this name made the history teacher/nerd in me smile). It opens on them in Susan’s dorm room and the issue follows their days in school. We soon meet the antagonist, a spectre from Susan’s past named McGraw, whose very presence with the group’s friend, Ed Gemmell, infuriates Susan. McGraw and Susan have a heated past and it takes a lot of goading and a few pages for the girls to get her to spill.
The writing is great and reminds me of all the best things about web comics like Anders Loves Maria and Questionable Content. The characters are instantly fun and loveable and I feel like it paints a great picture of someone who finds their second family, the family that they choose, their friends who they live and eat with when they are not with their blood family. The relationships between the girls are great and feel real, even when the girls are angry at each other you still feel the love there and know that it won’t break them apart because it is small trivial stuff. I loved this book because it made me relive how I met my friends and how they became my second family.
The art is fantastically cartoony, but the kind of cartoony that allows the artist to really portray emotion on the girls faces. The art is very much a web comic style art. It’s whimsical in the best ways and makes the book and the writing better. It’s bright and colorful and the over emoting of the characters works so very well.
The book is 5/5 and I can’t wait to read the other 5 issues.