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GIGA #2 review – Giant Robot Murder Mystery (Paknadel, Lê, Rosh, Bidikar, Lore) Vault Comics

Thanks to Vault Comics for the review copy!

GIGA is jam packed with so many big ideas that it is taking some time to process everything. The series is set in a future where giant robots stopped fighting each other and settled down so humans could live in them like cities. Amazingly, that is only the background for a story centered around one of the GIGA’s being murdered. The main Character, Evan, is wrapped up in the investigation while also trying to fix his robot friend who is apparently contraband. As you can see, there’s a lot to unpack.

The nice thing about dense series is they really give an opportunity for the writers to build a complex world and tell complex stories. This issue delves into the official investigation and Evan’s entanglement in it while providing some details about the human society that has developed. I’m still trying to figure out which side is ‘the good guys.’ While it is too early to get a clear picture given the scope of what this series is attempting, enough is shown to provide promise.  I think this series will really benefit from publication as a trade paperback down the road.

The art continues to impressively show the towering scale of the GIGAs. I also appreciated an appearance by a monkey, as I think monkeys make everything better. This issue isn’t as violent as the first one, but the art doesn’t shy away from a very effective flash of violence at the end.

Like the Snowpiercer TV show, GIGA is interesting because it layers a murder mystery on top of an examination of a strange future society. If you like science fiction, I recommend this series, starting with issue 1.

GIGA #2 is now available.

Check back soon for my thoughts on issue 3 of this series.

Are you going to pick up this title? Have you already? 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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