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Giant Days, Volume 1: 02/13/17
Giant Days, Volume 1 by John Allison is the first volume in a new comic by the author of Bad Machinery. The illustrations are by a Disney artist, Lissa Treiman.
While Bad Machinery takes place in a middle school, Giant Days takes place at university. These are three incoming first year students who through the luck of the room lottery are now roommates.
There's the tough girl who has an ex-boyfriend / rival who has managed to grow a magnificent mustache. He means well but just can't fathom whatever wrong he has done and thus is cursed to perpetually be pissing her off. There is the Goth girl who is surrounded by a field of bad luck — which can be harnessed for good or evil. And there's the homeschooled shy girl who has a secret wild side waiting to be revealed.
All of these quirks and back stories come into play brilliantly when the girls catch the dreaded university flu. Each one goes through a hilarious story arc of illness, recovery, and retribution for what mayhem they caused while under the weather.
These funny scenes are further brought to life by Lissa Treiman's illustrations. Each character is instantly recognizable no matter the situation and there are numerous spots where the story is carried on the artwork alone like an old fashioned silent movie comedy.
Finally mention should be given to Whitney Cogar, the colorist. Giant Days is a vibrant series. The colors are eye popping, saturated, and luscious. Never though do they get in the way of the story telling. They are though as memorable as the colors in the FBP series.