Giant Days #54
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Giant Days is easily one of my favourite comic series in recent memory, perhaps that I’ve ever read. But a lot of comics fail to stick the landing and mess up the endings somehow. It was definitely a worry of mine that Giant Days would do the same thing with its last two issues, but were my fears unfounded or were they sadly proven true?
I’m happy to say they were unfounded. Giant Days #54 is absolutely excellent, a wonderful tour de force from writer John Allison and artist Max Sarin. Read on to find out my more in-depth thoughts on the issue!
The writing is as perfect as ever, with John Allison continuing to prove himself as one of the best writers on the scene. Whereas in the past, some issues have focused on certain characters, this issue focuses on the core trio, with appearances from the tertiary cast here and there. But the issue mainly focuses on Susan, Esther and Daisy, and their experience as they come to the end of university. Graduation is a tough time for all, and it’s no less tough on the protagonists of this story. It’s weird to see characters we’ve been following for four years come to an end, and a definitive one at that, but Allison manages it perfectly, as he always does.
Max Sarin is as brilliant as ever on art, with their style fast becoming one of my favourite in any comic book I’ve ever read. In previous reviews, I’ve described it as a ‘tumblr-esque’ style, but that was completely off the mark. The artwork is more like a slice of life, realistic yet far-fetched, and it captures the world that’s been built over the last 54 issues and four years perfectly. There’s really not a ton more I can say about the art that I haven’t said before sadly. It’s really good, obviously, but it’s the same style of art and the same characters as in the previous issues I’ve written about.
Overall, Giant Days #54 is a wonderful farewell to the gang (even if there is an epilogue coming up, this is the end to the main Giant Days story) and as brilliant as the previous issues. If the epilogue is as good as this issue, then the entire series will have nary a single issue. So definitely head out and pick this issue up.
Giant Days #54
An absolutely brilliant ending, and I'm extremely excited for the upcoming epilogue.