Giant Days #50 – Review (With Preview Pages)
In a continued push to offer more reviews of new comics, this week I’m looking over one of my favorite series from BOOM! Studios, Giant Days. I’m going to try to do this without spoiling anything. I think I succeeded since this review is brief, but as always, be warned.
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
In times of a disastrous norovirus outbreak in McGraw’s for-fun cricket team, Susan, Esther, and Daisy are called upon to defend McGraw’s sportly honor. Taking up the bats of his fallen mates and donning their cricket whites, it’s a sporting adventure the girls had literally never anticipated! Can Susan be genteel and sportsmanlike? Can Esther stop goofing off? Will Daisy prove the greatest cricketer of all time?
On the surface this is an issue about a cricket match. However, anyone expecting to learn how to play cricket from this comic will be disappointed. The entertainment value comes from watching the cast of this series compete in a game that they know varying amounts of knowledge. Ester, the goth standout of the series, is entertaining to watch. She views the affair as analogous to an episode of anime. The other standout entertainment is Daisy, who finds herself distracted by an addition to the opposing team. I won’t spoil the end of the book, but suffice to say, read to the end, and pay attention to the beginning.
Max Sarin provides his consistently good artwork, with every character being distinct and recognizable as they step into their moment in the story. A real standout is the coloring work of Whitney Cogar. The choices really convey information in the opening pub scene. It also makes a visible contribution when Ester steps up to bat, coloring it brightly. I think the artwork is much better in this issue than I’ve ever seen it before, and that is saying a lot.
Final Rating: 9.0 (out of 10)