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"Big Girls #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written and illustrated by Jason Howard
Lettered by Fonografiks
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on October 21st, 2020


Monsters are people too in Big Girls. They are literally boys that have been transformed into giant beasts that have wreaked havoc on the Preserve. The only thing that stands in their way are the equally giant-sized women that have maintained their humanity. What if those monsters kept some of what made them human too?

Big Girls takes some interesting turns in this chapter as creator Jason Howard fleshes out more of this world. It's easy to hate on a big monster that's tearing down buildings. It doesn't know any better, right? What if it has even a shred of sentience? This presents a number of fascinating ideas, particularly in this space that's ruled with an iron fist by the Preserve.

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It's clear that the folks in charge either don't want to know or they're suppressing this information. This creates some cognitive dissonance for Ember, our protagonist. We're given a glimpse into her past and her connection to these creatures. She lost everything when the Preserve scooped her up, yet she doesn't hate these monsters. If anything, her mind is open.

Howard's artwork in Big Girls #3 is superb. I love how he depicts the monsters. They're these strange, hulking beings of blisters and claws. They feel like they were ripped right out of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Despite their intimidating nature, there's an innocence to them. This is shown in their posture, particularly when they're in danger. It's amazing how much is implied with body language.

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Letterer Fonografiks adds the perfect touch to this with a monstrous yet frightened voice. These creatures were previously thought of as little more than animals, but suddenly one of them speaks and changes everything. This moment has quite an impact.

It's clear that Ember's doubts are not unusual, as there's an underground resistance of sorts that's picking up steam. Some of this is explored in Big Girls #3, adding another layer to this ever-growing story. The Preserve are definitely painted as the oppressive regime, the evil empire if you will. How far does this go? And what lengths will Ember and the resistance go to put a stop to it? Perhaps more importantly, what price will they pay? This is the kaiju-sized action comic I need in my life.


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Overall: 4.5 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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