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Review – Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 (BOOM! Studios)

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Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1

Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Maturity Rating: 15+
Release Date: October 30th, 2019

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 wraps up the Giant Days series, giving us a final goodbye to Daisy, Esther, and Susan.

 

Time to Say Goodbye in Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1

It’s hard to believe that the time has finally come, but Giant Days is at an end, as of this week. Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 is the final issue in the series, giving us a fond farewell to the characters we’ve spent years growing to know and love.

Following Daisy, Esther, and Susan on their college journeys has been a blast. Yet it was inevitable that the series would end eventually. After all, they weren’t going to stay in college forever. That sounds like a special form of torture for these three, actually.

Giant Days As Time Goes By #1 (BOOM Studios) cover A by Max Sarin
Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 (BOOM! Studios) cover A by Max Sarin

This final issue of the series gives us a chance to say goodbye, and as the title sort of hints at, it involves a gap in time. This is a story of our girls a year after Esther and Daisy have graduated (Susan still has a long slog ahead of her, thanks to her chosen degree). It’s nice to get a chance to see what their future outside of school will look like.

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 is one of the larger issues in the series, which is actually a huge relief. Any extra page given to us about our leading ladies feels like a treasure. And we’re not going to waste a moment of that time.

Writing

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 may have been the finale of the series, but John Allison made a point of doing something more with the plot. This is not simply a bittersweet tale of goodbyes. No, this is Giant Days we’re talking about. And it just wouldn’t be the same without our trio getting one final hurrah in. That means there’s a certain amount of chaos to be found within these pages. You know the sort of trouble these three can get into. Now imagine what trouble they can get into when two of them are out of school (and the third is desperately looking forward to that freedom). Yeah, there’s a lot they could get into, isn’t there?

There is a lot to be said about this issue. It was fun seeing our three girls in their chosen career paths—as well as getting a glimpse or two of McGraw and Ed. But it was more than that, as well. There were some comical moments, of course. Susan’s plot, in particular, is worthy of a chuckle or two (yet is so perfectly Susan).

This issue covered some heavier subjects, such as the need to reach out to your support system—no matter what. It was touching and heartwarming. And okay, it was, in fact, a bittersweet conclusion. But I still maintain that there was still so much more to be found within this issue as well.

Art

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 brought us the classic looks and style we’ve gotten used to over the years. While the characters may have changed a bit (it has been a year, after all), they’re still clearly our girls.

Max Sarin has always had a way with drawing characters, especially when it comes to their facial expressions. And let’s be honest here—Esther is a lady of many expressions, as are her friends. So that was no mean feat.

Meanwhile, Whitney Cogar‘s colors were absolute perfection. Even the most casual background is brought to life with the color palette Cogar includes. Altering the tones of flashbacks (usually just a panel or two here and there) was a smart choice as well. And then there was the lettering, provided by Jim Campbell. And it’s really no surprise that his work is exemplary.

Conclusion

It’s sad to have to say goodbye to a beloved series. But at least Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 made it a bit more bearable by giving the characters the send-off they all deserved. And okay, it does help to know that John Allison has already started a new project (Steeple).

Giant Days was a fantastic series while it lasted. For many, it permanently altered their expressions and preconceptions of what makes a comic book. For the rest of us? We simply enjoyed the charming adventures of Daisy, Esther, and Susan. And it’s not something we’ll forget any time soon.


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Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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