Giants #1

by Nathan Koffler on December 18, 2017

Writers: Carlos and Miguel Valderrama
Artists: Carlos and Miguel Valderrama
Letterists: Carlos and Miguel Valderrama
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

This new series, Giants, has potential to be an interesting series going forward. What we see from this first issue is that this story takes place in an apocalyptic society where there are two gangs who are battling. Both are using a rare fuel that appears to work as an explosive. We then meet two teens who are actively trying to join one of the gangs and who are performing a dangerous job for the gang the Bloodwolves, hoping it will lead to a spot in the group.

The whole comic is writing and drawn by Carlos and Miguel Valderrama and published by Dark Horse Comics. The duo does a great job with the artwork which creates a beautiful but sad post-apocalypse city. The Valderramas also draw the few characters that we meet in a fun style that looks great mid-action.

The writing is interesting, because on the first read through, it felt like it was written by an edgy teenager. I went back through it and realized that probably is the point. The gangs are full of teens and they are apparently living on their own in this dying society, so the way that they speak and the names of their gangs, Bloodwolves and Grim Bastards, are going to be kind of lame. Whether that was the duo’s intentions or not, I didn’t think it was clever enough or subtle enough to work.

This whole first issue didn’t establish enough to make me that interested in continuing to read this series. It didn't make me fall in love with the two teenage characters, it didn’t make me think either of the gangs were cool enough to read on to find out which is victorious, and I know nothing about the giants or the collapse of their city, but there was not enough to make me interested to find that information. But like I said in the beginning, it definitely has potential because Carlos and Miguel Valderrama’s art is very well done. Hopefully, this series will pick up and find a better tempo.

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