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BIG GIRLS #5 review – Big Time Rumble in the City [Mild Spoilers for Issue 4] (Howard, Fonografiks) Image Comics

Thanks to Image Comics for the review copy!

At the end of BIG GIRLS #4, Joanna led a charge of Jacks against the Preserve, with only the three Big Girls to stand against the horde. As that cliffhanger promised, this issue starts with some impressive super huge women on super huge monster mayhem. 

The art continues to expertly show scale, really giving perspective on just how tall the heroines and monsters are. The art typically does a great job of clearly depicting what happened. On one page, things are a bit less clear, but it’s my guess that the panel I am referring to was driven by a need to be ambiguous for plot reasons (read the issue and let me know if you can figure out which part I am referring to).

In addition to the main assault on the Preserve, we also get to see more of Joanna’s plan with Martin, who she brought into her fold after his mutating son was killed. I haven’t really bought into Martin as a character yet, but his storyline takes a turn that could move the series in an interesting new direction. In contrast, the groundwork laid in issue 4 really explains Joanna’s actions.

BIG GIRLS continues to be a great story, layering some fun sci-fi concepts on top of kaiju style fight scenes. The previous four issues have slowly laid the basis for a deep mythology, so if possible, I recommend starting with issue 1. As a bonus, if you are interested in the creative process behind comics, this series continues to have a robust letter section, which is a fun read.

BIG GIRLS #5 is available now. is available now.

Check back in a few weeks for my thoughts on issue 6 (set for release on January 13th) of this series.

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.

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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