Best Comic of 2014 - My Opinion. ~ What'cha Reading?

Best Comic of 2014 – My Opinion.


As the one and only editor at What’cha Reading I could very easily write a piece endorsing a comic as the best of 2014 without batting an eye. But the fact is we at the site haven’t actually picked one yet. We’ve had an email volley or two but no clear winner has risen to the top. So while we all argue the merits of this and that I decided to write about my personal favorite book of the past year.

Best Comic of 2014 - My Opinion.

Planet Gigantic is an all-ages sci-fi story about two genetically engineered tweens sent by to the stars by their parent corporation on a mission of exploration. Written by Eric Grissom, drawn by David Halvorson, and published by Action Lab. It’s an old-time, new age, sci-fi adventure. I’ve reviewed it multiple times, ran previews, tweeted about it. Hell I’ve done just about everything short of stand on a soap box and preach it to the masses.

Let me tell you why.

This year has been a roller coaster of gender and racial tension. I’m not going to list the myriad of horrible things that went on in 2014 but suffice to say damage was done to many, all of it unjustified.

Planet Gigantic doesn’t fix any of it. Hell it doesn’t even attempt to address any of it. It doesn’t offer solutions for a united universe like Star Trek, doesn’t promise a new hope like Star Wars. What it does is simple and very welcome. Planet Gigantic doesn’t play favorites. The two main characters are well thought out, well-balanced, and what’s becoming more important to me over time, both genders. At no time do we feel that Valentina is more caring of Yuri more heroic. We never think the sister is in charge, or her brother is her protector. Writer Eric Grissom makes no apologies with his characters, addresses no huge social issues. And yet he does. In this era of who is or isn’t represented in which medium Eric gives us a simple, fun, engaging story where boys and girls are in it together. The big bad is an evil queen, but doesn’t use her sexuality overtly, the brother and sister are joined in their adventures by all manner of creature (male and female and whatever). I’m truly pleased with this book. It tells its story, makes you care about the characters, and unwittingly shows us that if everyone is equal, well you probably won’t even notice, you’ll just enjoy it all the more.

Planet Gigantic (the mini series) gets a five out of five and my personal pick as Comic of 2014.

Get it the first 3 issues digitally at or in print at your local comic shop.

Issue #4 is due in shops in January, or if you prefer pick up the trade in February!


Writer(s): Eric Grissom
Artist Name(s): David Halvorson
Cover Artist(s): David Halvorson

Valentina is reunited with MOTHER and together, along with Lyana and the rock-beast Ignatius, attempt a daring rescue of Yuri from within the dark heart of Castle Terror. Will they arrive in time? Or will the Queen steal his soul forever? Find out in the epic conclusion: Apocalypse Neva!
32 pgs./ Teen/ FC                                   $3.99



Writer(s): Eric Grissom
Artist Name(s): David Halvorson, Will Perkins, Phil Sloan
Cover Artist(s): David Halvorson

Two genetically engineered teenage astronauts crash land on a fantastic planet and are forced to grow up in a world filled with rock monsters, giant insects, smoke ninjas, and a cruel Queen who wants their powers. And that’s just on the first day.  Collects PLANET GIGANTIC #1-4.
128 pgs./ Teen/ FC                                   $14.99

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Chuck Suffel is the Owner/Editor-in-Chief of He loves comics, movies, tv shows. When it comes to comics his first loves are independents and small publishers. Feel free to drop him a note anytime at

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