A 10 Year Old Ball Of Goth Energy Provides Perspective In Giant Days #35

by James Ferguson

After the jaw-dropping cliffhanger of the last issue, Esther returns home hungover and overcome with emotion. Ed Gemmell just professed his love for her…and then fell off a wall, breaking both of his ankles. How is she supposed to react to that? It doesn’t help that her friend Sarah came by to visit and brought her younger sister, Lottie. Susan and Daisy are forced to entertain the 10 year old Lottie as Sarah goes out on a date. Leave it to a child to put everything in perspective.

Max Sarin’s artwork never disappoints and Giant Days #35 is another great example of his stellar work. The first page is a brilliant visual representation of drunken escapades. Esther is stumbling home, joined by a huge, lumpy mass of pale flesh. It’s her hangover…followed by her shame. It’s absolutely disgusting, yet it works so well in this context. Sure, it’s like something out of a horror movie, but it comes across as hilarious due to its context.

Additionally, the streets and buildings are curvy and wobbly, showing Esther’s altered mental state. It’s clearly a struggle for Esther to walk, let alone think straight. This kind of detail is just one of the facets that make Giant Days such a great comic.

Lottie is this little ball of goth energy. When McGraw first sees her, he asks if Esther has been made small now. My favorite description comes from Lottie herself when she meets Daisy’s girlfriend, Ingrid. She says she’s “Esther concentrated” like all of that power has just been compacted into a smaller size, making it stronger. Lottie’s eyes turn into little dark crosses when she says this too.

She spends time with both Susan and Daisy separately, poking holes in their plans for next year. Some of it sounds ridiculous, but it really sheds some new light on some things that they’ve either just taken for granted or have somehow excused in order to get by. They were making these changes to their lives and justifying their actions, but none of them are really ready to be adults. They’re still just kids.

I’m never going to get tired of Sarin’s character designs, particularly their facial features. They’re so expressive and just a bit cartoony, over emphasizing every emotion they go through. Each face says so much about the character and what they’re going through. This makes every day actions appear larger than life and more important.

I have a genuine concern that I’m going to run out of things to say about Giant Days because it’s so consistently good. If you’re not reading this comic right now, you’re missing out on one of the best titles on the stands today. The characters are real and they’re going through experiences that we can all relate to. Writer John Allison is writing a high quality book that always delivers.

Giant Days #35 is set for release on Wednesday, February 7th at your local comic shop and digitally through ComiXology and Amazon Kindle.