“Planet Gigantic is an all ages adventure comic about two super powered teenagers who 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.”
This sounded great when I heard about it the first time. Now I’ve seen the art, read the story and I can’t wait for the first issue! The thirteen page preview I read today was awesome! It’s an all ages, sci-fi, action adventure that’s not dumbed down. When I read it the first time I stopped midway through and called my 6 year old daughter over. She dropped into the chair next to me and we read it together. We were both thoroughly blown away. It reads like a classic adventure story, the slow climb towards the conflict that you know is coming but you don’t know how, or when. It teased with mini conflicts that all seemed like they could be “the one”. When we hit the last page my daughter went “NOOOOO!” when’s the next issue! Strong praise from a girl who reads Scooby-Doo, Tiny Titans, Superman Family, and watches Gravity Falls (Disney Chanel). I have to admit I felt the same way. Here’s the poster:
It’s written by Eric Grissom and illustrated by David Halvorson. I’ve written about Eric’s book Deadhorse several times before and while this is a completely different type of story his pacing and tight story telling shine here as well. I was only aware of David’s work as the colorist on Deadhorse which I love. His art is really wonderful, it has a great retro feel, kind of a Darwyn Cooke vibe. I sent David’s previous work Armstrong to an artist friend of mine who remarked “Blend Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim) with Jhonen Vasquez (Invader
Zim) until a frothy mix and then strain through Charles Schulz” (C’mon Juan write me some articles!)
If you read this free digital copy and love it as much as I did you’ll be happy to hear Eric will be bring a small print run to Asbury Comic Con next month! Also issue one should be out early next year, under what publisher? They’re still looking for the right one. Believe me when I know more so will you. For now though click the link (www.planetgigantic.com) get the free issue zero and enjoy!
5 out of 5 my friends, go read this!