May 21 2009
Gigantic #1 is an issue that starts out spectacularly. I can’t think of any series that are as immediately engrossing. But, aside from the beginning, it was a disappointment. The main character has to be likable and stylish, and Gigantic is neither.
The opening is fantastic. It throws an intriguing premise at you right away. The first panel introduces an alien that sounds a lot like a TV producer. This is a perfect combination of a cool character voice and premise.
The setup is complete by page 4. That’s remarkably fast and gets us into the story right away.
Ok, so that’s the good news. The first four pages were exciting and stylish. (Neat visual with the claws!) But everything after page 4 made me want to claw out my eyes.
The two human characters do very little, which makes them feel boring and irrelevant. They run into Gigantic as he accidentally tears up San Francisco, but they don’t actually do anything. They may have gotten killed at the end, but whether they did or not totally wouldn’t matter. Neither one has demonstrated any personality yet.
The titular robot, Gigantic, has a very unappealing personality. He’s rather whiny. Part of the problem is that he does a hell of a lot of monologuing. He comes off as someone in serious shock, but to paraphrase the TV producer from panel 1, who would want to read the whiny ramblings of a shock victim?
- Internal monologue: Dear God, no!
- To a shrieking mob of people: No, please, it was an accident.
- Internal monologue: No, not a… wasn’t supposed to be… [a city]
- Internal monologue: The screams… thousands of them…
- Internal monologue: A dozen screams go silent…
- To bounty hunters: Please, you can’t do this. Get me out of here… you can’t let this…
- Internal monologue: …wasn’t supposed to happen.
- Internal monologue: How many now… how many have I [killed]…
- Internal monologue: Every second I’m here… how many…
The pacing is very fast. This comic is only 24 pages long, and 16 of those are an extended action/whining sequence of Gigantic accidentally trashing San Francisco. It only took me about 5 minutes to read through it. I don’t feel that it has a lot of replay value.
Final verdict: I like Gigantic but hate Gigantic. The premise is good enough that I’ll probably end up buying issue #2 at some point, but I’d stop buying it if the next issue is similar to this one.