Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!
Issue 6 closes the first story arc of the series. At the end of the last issue, Martin underwent the Behemic Process and ended up as big as Ember and the rest of the Big Girls. So much for females being the only ones who can get large without turning into scary looking monsters. Martin has been driven by rage after the death of this son earlier in the series, but hasn’t really made much of a mark thus far. This issue changes that.
The best arc conclusions provide a satisfying end to the story, but leave ample room to explore in future issues. BIG GIRLS nails it. The issue answers most of the questions posed in the main storyline and puts a nice bow on the tale. It ends on a high note, but also provides some interesting hints as to where the story can go from here.
I continue to appreciate how the art conveys action and sense of scale using different perspectives and panel shapes and sizes. The movement is so well done you can really picture what is happening as if it were on the big screen. This issue might win the award for most satisfying (and gross) death scene. Also, thanks to the fact that there are no giant dude sized clothes laying around, in the midst of an epic battle, we also get some shaded inference of male genitalia. Nothing obscene, but probably worth checking out before showing your children, just to be safe.
If you haven’t read BIG GIRLS yet, at this point, I recommend picking up the collected edition (set for release in March) to get the whole story. While the story has always featured huge fights a la Godzilla, it has also set up an interesting universe that has been developed over the course of the series. While I wasn’t sure what to make of BIG GIRLS based on its title, it has become one of my favorite new series.
BIG GIRLS #6 is available now.
Have you picked up the issue, and if not are you going to? What were your thoughts on the issue, if you’ve read it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.