Issue #35 of Giant Days is about the truth. The cast spend the issue hiding, running from or confronting the various inconvenient truths of their lives. Giant Days is currently in the middle of a storyline where Esther, Susan and Daisy look set to go their separate ways as the second year of university hurtles towards its end. This issue provides the impetus to ask questions about their decisions. In this case the impetus comes in the form of a 10 year old girl.
Lottie, the aforementioned 10 year old, is an energetic force of nature that drives a lot of the story in both this issue and the greater storyline. Most importantly, she may be the catalyst for Daisy finally making a decision about Ingrid. The other main plot line is the aftermath of Esther and Ed’s ill-fated pub crawl.
This month’s issue contains a lot of the energetic dialogue, humor, surrealism and realistic understanding of the confusing nature of young emotions that have become the hallmarks of Giant Days. Like most issues, it make me laugh and smile with John Allinson’s witty dialogue. I really liked the introduction of Lottie and how she was used to ask the awkward questions. By the end of the book it felt like we were much closer to some big decisions being made.
As good as the characters and the humor are, a lot of the charm of the book is thanks to Max Sarin’s art. The opening page perfectly captures the surreal feel of the hangover and guilt, including the sloshing backgrounds. Sarin’s forte though is how he captures the emotions of the characters. His work with Daisy in particular is fantastic in this issue, with each panel capturing a different nuance to her emotional journey. That isn’t to say that anyone else was neglected in the book — that’s just how good he was with Daisy.
Is It Good?
Issue #35 proves to be yet another witty, charming and enjoyable issue of Giant Days, although the very nature of the book means that not a lot happens. It also means that it is very hard to judge individual issues on their own due to the continuous narrative and the nature of student life. Honestly, Giant Days is probably a book that’s easier to enjoy by buying trades instead of singles.