I Kill Giants #1 Review

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Image continues its One for $1 brand of comics with I Kill Giants. This is just the first of the seven issue series that began back in July of 2008. It is written by Joe Kelly and drawn by J. M. Ken Niimura. Kelly has worked on almost everything in Marvel and DC, but is probably most notable for me through him being the first writer on the ongoing Deadpool series, of which he wrote 33 issues.

Can you guess why I picked this up?

I Kill Giants is the story of Barbara Thorson. “Barb” seems to be the odd person out, the picked-on kid in the class. She doesn’t fit in, so she occupies herself by escaping to a world of her own making. The story opens on her sitting in class, on career day and a motivation speaker asks her what her career may be (because she isn’t paying attention, she is reading) she simply states “I kill giants.”

This simple mistake lands her in the principal’s office, where she displays her wit as well as her strong willed nature earning her a week of detention. When she arrives home we learn that she lives with her sister (the book never comes out and says it, we are lead to believe that her parents are dead). Her home life is in the very least, complicated. The one thing she seems to excel at is being a dungeon master in her D&D campaigns with her friends, however today’s round seems to end badly.

The story closes with her sister trying to comfort her, but failing. At the end we see Barb feeding what seems to be fairies.

To me, it was very easy to identify with the character of Barbara. Everyone that has ever felt like the odd man out as a teenager will be able to identify with her. Honestly, when the story ends it leaves the reader unsure if actual events are unfolding, or if she has lost touch with reality. We don’t know if her giants are metaphorical, representing her problems at home and school, or possibly literal. Niimura work is entirely in black and white, and seems to have a strong manga/anime influence. His artwork adds to the story rather than detract from it, and he has succeeded where so many others have failed. It’s only a buck, so read it.

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