Giant Days #54 – Review
I really wasn’t looking forward to this issue. I’ve really fallen in love with these characters. I’m going to miss reading about them. One of the things about non-mainstream comics is that the stories can end. There’s no corporate desire to keep a character published so the merchandising can continue. I’m going to expand on this int he review, so let’s get started.
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Summer is ending, and so are Daisy and Esther’s days at university (Susan still needs to finish medical school, of course). These last days together are worth their weight in gold, but soon it will be time for pomp, circumstance, and silly hats, as the girls head out into the world and face their futures!
This is a natural ending to this series. It began with these three ladies starting college. It’s good that we get to meet some of the parents. It helps to underscore that these kids have grown up. It’s a nice send-off that we see unfold at the comic shop and throughout the night before graduation. There’s enough off-beat humor to offset the emotional nature of the moment. I was also pleasantly surprised that the story has not ended yet.
Coming up next is Giant Days: Time Goes By. I won’t say much about it, so you can appreciate the ending as much as I did. It’s definitely a different story with characters that have grown. That’s why this series, and many others like it seem like such a breath of fresh air when compared to the glut of Marvel and DC Comics that for all their stories where “things will never be the same again,” are essentially the same as they have been for years, and in some ways, decades.
The art is fantastic. If I say much more about it, I’ll probably repeat myself. Max Sarin is a fantastic part of this series. I can’t imagine this series without him. Whitney Cougar is a fantastic complement to his style. The final scene is where these colors really show off.