Being Happy, But At What Cost? – Giant Days #33 Review

by James Ferguson

Time is running out for Esther to find a new place to live. Daisy and Susan are leaving her in order to live with their significant others next year, so she’s stuck high and dry. Esther is getting desperate, reaching out to anyone and everyone to try to secure housing. Where does that leave this rock solid friendship that has developed over the past couple years?

Although Daisy and Susan have grown a lot over the course of Giant Days, they’re showing some hesitation as they prepare to take these next steps. There’s a nice conversation between the two of them as they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into. They’re making these big sweeping changes in their lives for love, but as a result, they’re making a lot of compromises. Will they still be the same people after this? Or are they giving up too much?

This reluctance to change comes through on the characters’ faces. Artist Max Sarin drives home the feeling of resigned acceptance with a tinge of regret with both Susan and Daisy. They’re happy, but at what cost? This is perfectly encapsulated in a panel with Daisy as she joins a rave of all things, going on in the warehouse she will be living in next year. There are a ton of people dancing happily around her, completely swept up in the music and she’s at the center, trying desperately to have a good time.

Esther’s quest for housing takes up a majority of Giant Days #33 and it’s pretty great. Writer John Allison deftly balances the comedic moments, dropping them at just the right time and never overdoing it. It’s like he’s flipping dials between character development and laughs, timing each perfectly. This makes each issue feel like there’s a ton of story packed into it as each character gets some time to shine and grow, while also making us smile.

Some of these comedic bits are subtle too, such as the ridiculously large sandwich Dean makes that’s literally half the size of him. It’s straight out of a cartoon. He’s carrying it around like it’s nothing too. How is he possibly going to eat that? What is even on that thing? Did he use an entire loaf of bread to make it? Does part of it have a face? This is not even mentioned in the dialogue! We just keep going like this is a normal, everyday occurrence.

Although Sarin excels at the funny and cartoony moments, there are some sequences that delve into horror. When Ed Gemmell thinks about what it would be like to live with Dean again, he imagines a giant head buzzing with ones and zeroes, ready to swallow him up around piles of computer equipment. Jagged, crooked teeth stick out of its wide open maw.

Giant Days never disappoints. I know I’ve said this before, but it flows like a great sitcom. It’s always funny, but it reaches new levels of comedy because of the care spent developing the characters. It’s easy to relate to each of them which makes the antics they get into all the more hilarious.

Giant Days #33 is currently available at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.