Wednesday, June 5, 2013
I Kill Giants: a graphic novel review
Publisher: Image Comics, Inc.
Info: 2010, 184 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Dungeon master, giant slayer, and young girl learning about life and death.
Barbara Thorson, a girl battling monsters both real and imagined, kicks butt, takes names, and faces her greatest fear in this bittersweet, coming-of-age story.
I Kill Giants is a graphic novel with heart. Young Barbara Thorson fights giants. She carries around her magical sword (nicknamed Coveleski), secreted away in a small bag, sets traps near the beach, and keeps watch for the return of the fiercest giants of all, the titans. She's an outcast at school who has trouble making friends, and the school therapist keeps wanting to make her talk about the real giants affecting her life. There are giants that she will never defeat and friendship that she must learn to accept.
I don't want to give too much away, but this is a heartbreaking story of a young girl accepting death. She's independent, stubborn, and so much stronger than she gives herself credit for. This is a must read, and it's a quick read, so check out I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and illustrated by J.M. Ken Miimura.