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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 44

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at Rick Remender and Eric Nguyen’s Gigantic!


The concept behind Gigantic is a clever one. Writer Rick Remender takes on the idea of giant robots fighting other giant robots (or giant monsters, or whatever) but tries to turn the concept on its head a bit by giving us background on the fellow who is, effectively, the giant robot.

Admittedly, the story gets away from Remender a bit towards the end of the story, but the initial issues are so cool that I’m willing to still recommend the book.

Similarly, towards the last couple of issues (which took awhile to come out), Eric Nguyen’s art looks more than a little bit rushed.

But the early stuff?

So cool!

Check out the preview Dark Horse has of the first eight pages of the series…

The idea of the giant alien television company “canceling” Earth is a clever one, and it sets up the concept well to have Gigantic fight various other monsters in defense of Earth.

Of course, Remender is not one to let things go extremely straightforward, and at the end of issue #4, there’s a major twist that turns the series on its head AGAIN. Clever stuff.

I also like how Remender handles the sheer devastation that comes as a result of a giant robot stomping around in a major metropolitan area – even though he tries to avoid it, he ends up killing lots of people just by moving (he was supposed to show up in an uninhabited area, but the bad guys jammed his transportation so he shows up in the middle of San Francisco).

Like I said before, towards the end of the series, the plot gets a bit on the loose side (as does the art), but the early issues and the concept are strong enough that I’d still recommend the book.

It’ll probably read best in a tradepaperback, as the delays between #4 and #5 weren’t helpful, either.

You can pre-order the trade at Dark Horse’s website! Check out their section on Gigantic here (each issue has at least three preview pages if you want to take a look there, as well).

I can’t to see what Eric Nguyen has planned next! He’s a great artist!


Of all the brilliant/stupid mess that is Final Crisis, Grant Morrison’s message is clear: Hey, writers! Comics have infinite, crazy possibilities! Don’t be afraid to tell Watchmen to go screw itself and do silly things! And while DC proper is content on doing continuity-wankery, dark, death porn like Blackest Night, theres still guys like Jason Aaron, Johnathan Hickman, and today’s spotlighted Rick Remender doing crazy high-concept work. I haven’t read this comic yet, but if its as good as his work on the Punisher and Fear Agent, it should be awesome.

The idea of aliens “canceling” Earth is clever but you should have probably directed that praise to Trey Parker and not Remender since he came up with it eight years ago.

I remember being drawn to this after the ‘Godzilla meets The Truman Show’ pitch, and I liked it a lot. It definitely got a little too much at the end (especially after Remender started to get busier with his Marvel stuff) but certainly still a nice recommendation. I’m hoping we get to see more of this world.

How about…a taco that craps ice cream?

Or credit to Douglas Adams, for having this as a core idea of the Hitchhiker’s Guide, I think first on BBC radio in 1978.

Cool. Wait, what other stuff has Remender written? I haven’t read any of this work. He did some Punisher or something, right?

He is currently writing a spectacular Punisher run, the latest arc of which has guys like Tony Moore and Dan Brereton on art. That means you should buy it.

Adam’s idea had nothing to do with reality TV. Earth is to be demolished simply because it’s an insignificant thing in the way.

An interstellar highway if Im not mistaken.

Its hardly much of a “leap” to the reality tv concept however.

Is anyone else getting redirects to “block party band” or similar through DBR pages? Weird.

In “Hitchhiker’s”, Earth is not demolished to make room for an interstellar highway, but a bypass. Which makes it that much worse, as it means there is already a way to get from point A to point B that does not involve demolishing Earth.

This series looks fun.

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