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"Big Girls #2" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics

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Written and illustrated by Jason Howard
Lettered by Fonografiks
2020, 32 pages, $3.99
Comic released on September 16th, 2020

Review:

The people of the Preserve are on constant vigilance, as they could be attacked by giant monsters at any moment. Fortunately, they're protected by giants of their own. The twist is that these monsters come from the people themselves. Something happens to young boys to transform them into hulking kaiju. The protectors of this place? They're girls that grow just as big, but still maintain their human nature.

Big Girls #2 picks up in the midst of action as our protagonist Ember is fighting off a few of these creatures. She's caught off guard and saved by a couple fellow monster hunters. This trio fights off these guys, dwarfing the city around them. Writer / artist Jason Howard strikes a nice balance between all-out horror and some raw emotion.

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The problem I've always had with Godzilla is that you're not invested in the kaiju. It's disaster porn. Big Girls breaks through that with a personal connection to this on both sides. We're interested in Ember's life as she tries to figure this out alongside us. Meanwhile, we get an interesting perspective on the monsters, showing that there might still be a human element within.

These creatures are hideous. Their very existence looks painful. Their backs are hunched over, like their bodies can't support all this weight. Unsettling boils cover their skin, each about to pop, spilling untold atrocities down on innocent people below. Howard's pencils have a rough quality to them, giving these beasts a gruff appearance. You can imagine their skin feels like sandpaper.

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This contrasts well with Ember and the other big girls. They have softer features, but they're still tough enough to handle this battle. Their human qualities really shine through. Letterer Fonografiks adds to this with some great dialogue work, particularly when the girls are in danger. Their exclamations pop, showing how terrifying this situation really is.

You might pick up Big Girls for the kaiju action, but you'll stay for the intriguing characters and fascinating world. Creator Jason Howard raises some great questions about what's right and the lengths some will go to protect themselves. This is the Godzilla-like story I've always wanted.

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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