I’m always blown away by John Allison’s ability to capture the spirit of youth. Giant Days is the perfect series to exhibit that talent and the essence of young adulthood. It’s the end of the term, and the dorms are being demolished. Before they are, the kids get a chance to get closure about their time at college. Esther and Ed don’t go to jail for plagiarism, Daisy is afraid to leave, McGraw is upset about the state of the buildings on campus, and Susan is simply going with the flow. Until our trio of students meets at an upcoming festival, it’s goodbye for now.
Allison’s writing is smooth, understandable, and relatable. The script is pretty fast paced, which definitely makes the issue more believable. At such a young age (late teens/early twenties), people are usually energetic. These kids are no exception. Although they have lazy days, they are always thinking, always working towards something, and always looking forward to the future.
When they are thrown out of their comfort zone, like in this issue, it might change some people. McGraw is a lot more hot-headed in this issue, and Daisy even gets a little wild when she wants to throw things at the demolition machines. Despite the fact that this isn’t really a crazy thing to do, it is for Daisy. She’s the one character I love to see pushed out of her comfort zone. She’s so awkward and silly and just adorable.
This issue is a great way to close out the year. At this point, Allison has worked on characterization so much that we readers feel like we are friends with the trio of protagonists. I haven’t seen as much character development as I would have liked to, but the girls’ friendship has grown stronger, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.
Artist Max Sarin uses a cartoonish art style to easily hyperbolize the characters’ expressions and dramatize their respective circumstances. The bright coloring definitely helps bring an element of vibrancy and life into the artwork. Each character’s personality really shows through the illustrations, and they end up looking super expressive.
This issue effectively tied up a lot of loose ends. Now that the first year is over, I’m beyond excited to see where Allison takes this group of ragtag students next. Wherever they go, I will happily follow. To read this insanely entertaining series, head over to your local comic book shop and give it a read.
Written by: John Allison
Illustrated by: Max Sarin