"Giants #4" Comic Review
Written by James Ferguson
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Written by Carlos Valderrama
Illustrated by Miguel Valderrama
2018, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on March 14th, 2018
When Gogi and Zeedo last saw each other, they were under attack by a giant monster. Gogi ran away, leaving Zeedo for dead. A year has passed since that moment. Zeedo is now running the Blackmouths, a gang in the underground, while Gogi is living on the surface with a group of survivors. The two have taken very different paths and now they're thrown together once more. The results will not be pretty.
This reunion has been building for some time in Giants and it's been interesting to see how the lives of these two characters have changed. Zeedo was a skinny kid who dreamed of being in a gang. Now he's hardened and willing to do anything to get ahead. Contrast that with Gogi, who has been humbled by his experiences on the surface. I don't know what would have happened if they had stayed together, but that fateful meeting with the monster put them on two divergent paths.
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At first, it looks like everything is back to normal between the two boys. They fall into their old rhetoric, poking fun at one another and having a good time. You might think that this will work out. That wouldn't be much of a story though, would it? Instead, Zeedo is manipulative and deadly, playing Gogi and those around him to get what he wants. In this case, it's the powerful ambernoir, the material used for everything from gunpowder to energy. That's not all he wants though. He could do with a little vengeance.
Seeing the pair together, they look like two innocent kids. Artist Miguel Valderrama brings this wide-eyed naiveté to both of them. Despite what they've both been through, they can still be excited and happy to see one another.
This quickly changes once the other shoe drops. Zeedo becomes dark and angry, with a sinister look on his face. Meanwhile, Gogi is hurt and scared, more than he's ever been. He had gotten used to the dangers of the surface, but this is something different. This is personal and it packs a much harder punch. While the main draw of Giants may be the monsters, it's these human conflicts that elevate the comic above your standard kaiju fare.
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Of course, there are still giant monsters and they come in at the most inopportune time in Giants #4. These are absolutely terrifying creatures. I can't really describe them in terms of current Earth-bound animals. They're not like a big beetle or a dinosaur. They're something else entirely, like Pacific Rim crossed with Aliens with a dash of Neon Genesis Evangelion thrown in. These are gigantic killing machines that have supplanted mankind as the top of the food chain. They're made of muscle and teeth and they do not have time for any of humanity's petty squabbles.
From the looks of things, Gogi may be cursed. His presence ruins the tenuous balance that many hold in this post-apocalyptic landscape. He may have found happiness for a moment, but that is fleeting, particularly when his past comes back to haunt him. Giants presents a compelling story of two kids on a collision course. One is trying to be good and the other has fully embraced the bad. Which one will survive in a world run by huge monsters?