There’s something very nice about Giant Days, even if its tranquil UK college campus isn’t an entirely clear setting straight off. One might be able to figure it out from the way writer John Allison talks about college and maybe from the characters’ dialogue, but I didn’t get it until a Northampton reference.
Was I not paying attention? Perhaps, but only because I was paying too much attention to Lissa Treiman’s fantastic artwork. Treiman’s got a detailed, personable style but so much movement. Reading Giant Days feels like watching an expertly animated cartoon–Treiman’s not just masterful at movement in a frame, her panel composition is extraordinary.
The story involves three female college freshman, each different, who make fast friends. One of them has a figure from her past return, which causes her complications. Allison’s got great plotting–a funny A plot while he develops the dramatic B.
Writer, John Allison; artist, Lissa Treiman; colorist, Whitney Cogar; letterer, Jim Campbell; editors, Jasmine Amiri and Shannon Watters; publisher, BOOM! Box.
You know, this had to be the warmest comic I’ve read in quite a while. The characters come pretty much fully realized, and the story progresses in such a natural manner, you don’t feel as if you’re reading a story as much as experiencing it. Solid cartooning and I’m sad I didn’t onow of these two before.