Review – Big Girls Vol 1
Writer: Jason Howard
Artist: Jason Howard
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: March 24, 2021
Collects issues #1- #6
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When men become giant monsters destroying the world, only girls can stop them—BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember: she writes poetry, loves to read, she’s 300 feet tall, and her full-time job is killing monsters! She and the other girls are all that stand in the way of our world’s complete annihilation! Critically acclaimed artist JASON HOWARD (TREES) takes the full creative reins, writing and drawing a tale that could be described as a cross between John Wick & Godzilla by way of HBO’s Girls.
Writer/Artist: Jason Howard
Howard mixes a lot of genres with Big Girls, we have Kaiju, attack of the 50ft woman, Attack on Titan and a few others for good measure.
When some scientists look for a way to increase food production they accidentally turn a group of men into 300ft monsters with no instincts but to destroy and eat other humans, but High Marshall Tannik and his team of BIG GIRLS at the last line of protection for the preserve, the last place on earth not ravaged by the monsters (or Jacks.)
Issue one sees Ember backup Tannik’s raid on Martin, who’s drawn suspicion by buying too much food, a quick check of his house finds four-year-old Alan. A quick shot to the head from Tannik sends poor Alan off to the Jack angels.
The story then splits into a “them and us” style story. Martin is recruited by Gulliver to help her develop a new programme to evolve more of the monsters and kill the big girls. While we find out that Ember grew up on a farm, her size soon burned through the food her family sold her to the programme.
With Gulliver now harnessing Martin’s knowledge and genetics, she attacks the preserve with her children. We learn in this issue that the Jacks are mentally still toddlers and that love helps them stop attacking.
The stunning finale between the big girls and the Jacks is a two-issue rope a dope with each side moving forward and retreating with a few shocks and a few deaths along the way.
Howard does a good job of rounding out the key characters and the Kaiju style fighting is work a read of the book. But as I’m weird I have questions.. who measures the giant clothes and underwear for the Big Girls, do they have a giant toilet, how do they brush their teeth, deodorise etc..?
Once you go down the rabbit hole of how they run their basic life you end up waking in a sweat thinking about the size of their zits, cutting their nails or tissues to blow their nose. I have lots of questions.
The artwork is absolutely stunning and Howard ramps up the tension immediately with a quick update on how we got here while we watch a Jack stomp on one human while he eats another. The issue has a Judge Dredd feel, particularly the belligerent Tannik, but giving us background on him makes him even more of a monster.
I like Big Girls and I cannot lie, you other brothers can’t deny. When a girl walks in with a 60-foot waist and big toe in your face you get sprung. Anyway.. this is a great book, well worth the read for its take on the Kaiju genre.
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