Sunday, November 9, 2008

Hey Kids! Comics!

This past week saw the release of Dark horse Comics' first issue of Gigantic, which can be best described as the love child of reality television and giant monsters. Thus far, I'd say that the comic is off to a nice start. We find out right off the bat that Earth and humanity is merely the 5000 year-old creation for an intergalactic television program that will be broadcasted across the universe. 


Fast forward to modern day where a photographer named Chris (possibly the central human character of the series) witnesses a towering humanoid alien materialize out of thin air into the middle of downtown San Francisco. The creature is in a state of confused distress and suddenly finds itself pursued by equally large assailants as it destructively attempts to escape the city limits. 


The comic sports some really nice artwork and designs. Some of the story elements are a little cryptic in spots but seeing that it is only the first issue, things will undoubtedly become clearer as the story moves forward. Normally when it comes to a limited series like this, I tend to wait until the entire run is put together into a graphic novel collection, but I did enjoy Gigantic enough that I think I'll continue to pick up the individual issues over the next few months. 

3 comments:

Botch the Crab said...

I like the concept behind the book, that of trying to add greater character and motivation to the classic "giant destroyer" story, but I want to see where they take it. I hope the second issue has a little more in the way of explanation.

Mr. Saflo said...

"We find out right off the bat that Earth and humanity is merely the 5000 year-old creation for an intergalactic television program that will be broadcasted across the universe."

If I remember correctly, there is an episode of South Park based on this very idea.

Mysterious Pants said...

If I remember correctly, there is an episode of South Park based on this very idea.

Indeed there is- although the actual idea of Earth being an artificial, alien construct for a weird purpose can be traced back even further to Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...