Giant Days #26 ComicWow! Review

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Dean is making Ed and McGraw’s lives a living Hell. But when they learn he has a girlfriend, the shift focuses to his love life. He and his girlfriend, Posy, are getting married! They will be wed where they met, in a virtual online game called Dreamscape of Guilds. But Ed has a suspicion that Dean doesn’t really want to get married. Esther, feeling like she owes Dean for getting her new job at a comic shop, decides to step in. She stops the wedding, but Dean isn’t as happy as they had hoped.

I can’t get enough of John Allison’s writing style. With tons of similes and metaphors overflowing in these pseudo-intellectuals’ minds and mouths, the dialogue is natural and beyond entertaining. The references are insanely clever, too—I mean, who references Kierkegaard and K-Pop in normal conversation? Barely anyone. But these college kids sure do! It’s uncanny, how perfectly Allison is able to capture the mindsets of this age group.

The language is sophisticated but simple enough to understand—these are still young adults, and conversations are still very informal. This contributes a lot to the pacing of the issue, which is pretty damn fast, but comfortable.

Allison’s characterization gets better and better with every issue. We learn more about Ed and Dean, like how Dean is willing to be unhappy for love… Who thinks like that? While love is often times synonymous with happiness, Dean insists that love is pain, as is life. We don’t see much of Susan or Daisy in this issue, which kind of sucks, but I’m actually okay with it. The drama has shifted to the men in the series, and that’s pretty cool. While I maintain that I believe Susan, Daisy, and Esther to be the protagonists of this series, all three take the back seat in this issue—making it stand out a bit more than the rest.

Max Sarin’s pencils are incredibly neat and tidy, with thick line work that allows for both realism and an animated style all at once. Whitney Cogar’s realistic colors also help with the believability of the story. Like in every other issue, though, we see aspects of the script hyperbolized through the artwork. For example, when we see a bad smell, it comes in the form of green smoky-looking artwork personified with faces of despair therein. I love this art style; it works so perfectly with the script and, though it is over-the-top a bit, it tells the story just as well as the dialogue does.

Giant Days was quickly one of my favorite series when it was released, and it’s still high up on my list. I don’t usually read comics as comedic as this, but I seriously can’t get enough of this series. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head to your local comic shop to do yourself a favor and start reading it. This is a great issue to add to the series, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Written by: John Allison

Illustrated by: Max Sarin