Image Comics 2020
By Jason Howard
Lettered by Fonografiks
When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them—BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember—she writes poetry, loves to read, and she’s a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world’s complete annihilation!
I loved this issue. I feel like this is one of those that should have been thought of years ago as Attack of the 50ft Woman and Giganta have been around for years. Jason is pretty damn brilliant and this showcases that. The concept is spot on amazing and the way that we are introduced to this grabs the readers’ attention straight away and keeps it throughout the entire issue. There’s something about the way we are almost misled at the start that I found extremely appealing and then I wanted to see more and more.
The way this is being told is phenomenal! The story & plot development we see through how the sequence of events unfold as well as how the reader learns information is extremely well presented. There are a ton of moments that we see which are extremely important to how we see the story moving forward and that alone would make me excited but there are so many more moments woven throughout that really makes this what it is. The character development is amazing and I have to say that the way we see the characters interact with one another and how they act and react to the situations and circumstances tell us a lot about them. The pacing is superb and as it takes us through the pages revealing the twists and turns as it reveals this world to us well it’s easy to see how well it all works together to create the ebb & flow.
The way that the book is structured is really rather impressive. I am a fan of the fact that we also get the barest minimum of an explanation as to the world becoming this way. While I don’t mind a story being set so that we see it happen but this far after I’m glad that we are kind of just jumping into the deep end. We see a lot of great reasons as to why this book feels so unique as the intrigue and interest factors keep this upward trajectory. This is really an impressive book my friends.
The interiors are really great. There is something to be said about how the backgrounds are being utilised to really enhance the story, become a part of the story and how they bring us this depth perception, sense of scale and the overall sense of size and scope to the book. Plus they are just really cool as we get to see how the world has changed and how it hasn’t by seeing the buildings. The linework is great and how we see the varying weights being utilised to bring out the attention to detail is really well done. The utilisation of the page layouts and how we see the angles and perspective in the panels shows a remarkable eye for storytelling. The colour work too is extremely nice to see. The way that the hues and tones within the colours are utilised to show the shading, highlights and shadow work is beautifully rendered.
Jason definitely has his own style and unique point of view that has always shined through in his artwork. So now it’s really nice to see that expand into a full book done by him, sans the lettering of course. This is a solid book that has a very interesting premise and one single character who is shown what life is really like in the world she lives in and she’s not sure that she likes it. The inner conflict as well as the layers of story we see woven throughout make this a very smart and bold series.