- Writer: Alex Paknadel
- Artist: John Lê
- Colorist: Rosh
- Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
- Sensitivity Reader: Danny Lore
Thanks to Vault Comics for the review copy!
There is a LOT to unpack with this sci-fi series. In the future, skyscraper sized mech fought each other in a centuries long war. While this sounds like a neat idea for a series, GIGA is about what happened next. The mech stopped fighting and basically sat down and let humans use them as cities. A sort of religion seems to have arisen surrounding them, along with a separate group who hates them.
While a fair amount of space is devoted to establishing that world, the second half of the book focuses on Evan and a ‘friend’ of his. This relationship takes the story in a whole different direction. Finally, there is interlude near the end with some new characters that teases bigger reveals moving forward.
The art does a good job of capturing the scope of the GiGAs, which are huge enough to become cities in and of themselves. Another interesting technique is the speech bubbles – which are circles with a single line pointing to the speaker. At first this confused me because sometimes the lines blend in with the art. But as I kept reading, I realized a benefit to this approach is having more art on the page, unobscured by the arrow part of the speech bubble. The coloring, while using the whole color spectrum is washed out, adding to the gritty future vibe.
This issue has a fair amount for death in it, and some of it can be kind of grisly (think crow picking at a corpse), so this title is best for older audiences. Older audiences might also have a better chance wrapping their heads around everything this issue throws at them. At the end of the day, while I can’t say I have a complete picture of what is going on, I can say the first issue accomplishes what I imagine its mission was – to get me to want to read issue 2.
GIGA #1 is now available.
Check back soon for my thoughts on issue 2 of this series.
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