"Giants #5" 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 April 18th, 2018
Gogi and Zeedo have been thrown together once again by fate, but they're very different from when they last met. While Gogi had left Zedo to die, he's found a new life and a new family on the surface that has allowed him to come to peace with his actions. Zedo on the other hand survived and used his anger and resentment to fuel his rise to power, leading the gang called the Blackmouths. Zedo has used this newfound strength to raid the surface and Gogi's home for precious ambernoir that will catapult him even further up the food chain. That would be the case if they're not all killed by the giant monsters that roam up here. I should have probably mentioned that earlier, huh?
Giants has been a solid read due to the great character work from the Valderrama brothers. Yes, the kaiju are entertaining and look super awesome, but it's the story of Gogi and Zedo that has gripped me. These two young men are fighting each other tooth and nail, each one trying to protect everything they've built up until this point. For Gogi, it's peace and family, while Zedo is tyrannical power and fear.
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This battle is mirrored by two of the monsters, Sheik and Wraith. This is the one part where Giants is a bit too on the nose. Sheik is black and represents Zedo (aka bad) while Wraith is white and represents Gogi (aka good). It does make for a pretty awesome backdrop as the guys are punching each other as these creatures the size of buildings are wrestling behind them. Artist Miguel Valderrama captures this is gorgeous detail, with very clean pencils. Every scrape and scar on each of the monsters is clearly seen, not to mention the pain and emotion of the two boys.
You can feel every punch thrown between Gogi and Zedo, like they know that only one is going to walk away from this. The action is top notch with some brilliant fight choreography that keeps the comic super exciting.
Although they're both main characters, Gogi steals some of the spotlight. The story becomes more about him and his path to redemption, but he can't have that without Zedo. Gogi could go on to do amazing things; however his past will still be scarred because he left his friend to die way back when. Confronting Zedo – and his past – head on allows Gogi to move on and ultimately become a better person.
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Gogi's trials also mimic those of humanity in this post-apocalyptic world. If he can rise up from the depths and find peace, perhaps there's hope for humanity as a whole. This is represented beautifully in the closing pages as Gogi's family comes together in the face of total devastation.
Giants could have been another in a long line of comics about a big monster destroying a city with some helpless humans running for their lives. Instead, it reaches a new level with some strong characters and incredible artwork that sets it apart from the average kaiju tale. Although Gogi and Zedo have little to no hope of taking out creatures like Sheik and Wraith, their story becomes more compelling because they're just trying to survive. They're scraping together what small bits of happiness they can find to create a life in this horrific world which leads to a pretty inspiring arc.