Thursday, December 8, 2016
"My word! You weren't joking, these peaches are giant!"
Giants are a thing of legends. There are some people who are really tall, but the notion that a being towers over us as humans is left mainly in fairy tales and fantasy stories. You would hope that such a character would be kind and gentle like the giant in Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 from BOOM! Studios if it was real though. The issue is written and illustrated by Conor Nolan and lettered by Warren Montgomery.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 reimagines the"The Peach's Son," a Japanese tale of a giant who was raised by humans but never accepted by them. When a nearby village is overrun with evil beings, the giant will take a chance to be a hero and prove himself to be part of the community he calls home.
Nolan infuses Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 with a prevailing sentiment of generosity and care, courtesy of a marvelously written main character. An older couple is given a blessing in the form of a baby giant and Nolan ensures that through their humble approach to life that the baby grows to be a very caring giant. There's an underlying theme in Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 about finding one's place in the world and it's a theme that Nolan really hits home with through the other characters that the giant befriends. The dialogue is a great example of this, as the giant chooses words that are very simple yet reflect a relatively complex longview that emphasizes kindness. The issue is paced very effectively as well, ensuring that the plot is happily resolved by the issue's end in a way that's satisfactory to both the characters involved and the reader.
Nolan's artwork is just as peaceful as the story's overall message is. The giant is drawn with a simplicity that's reflective of his generally positive and caring nature as Nolan imbues him with a genteel demeanor that's befitting of a character with his personality. And while only a small portion of the issue focuses on the giant growing, there's a very beautiful page showing him as he's growing as he walks down the same path. It's a great method by Nolan to showcase the giant's stagger size (especially when compared to the villagers) and how he interacts with the village around him. Nolan's colors are also rich and bold, giving the world a sense of life and purpose.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 is a beautiful and elegant tale about a giant trying to fit in. The giant knows that he's feared because of his physical appearance, but he more than makes up for that with his personality that emphasizes being nice. Nolan's tale is full of warmth and has a lot of heart as the giant enlists a motley crew of traveling companions to reclaim what was taken from the villagers. Nolan's artwork is vivid and renders the giant's world in a beautiful manner. Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 is a great book that will appeal to all ages and has a very endearing message.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller Giants #1 is available now.