Today is not so much a review as a slice of life.
Yesterday I sat down and opened Twitter. I was quickly submerged by a lot of anger and sadness towards the Twitter Comics Community. People, mostly men, infuriated by the reveal of a variant cover for wonder woman.
People (again, mostly guys) commenting hurtful things about women’s bodies. About women in the community. About how we, women, don’t belong. About how we, women, ruined the comics industry.
I was very sad to see that people still think that I, a young woman, don’t belong in the community. It hurt me to see that people still think that I can’t read comics, I can’t have an opinion on them and I can absolutely not appreciate a different representation of a classic character.
I was very mad. There was smoke coming out of my ears… They were waking up my inner FEMALE dragon.
So I did as usual when I want to calm down: I stepped back from social media and opened up a comic. I started reading my advanced PDF copy of Big Girls by Jason Howard, published by Image Comics.
And it made me feel GOOD.
Talk about a crazy good timing!
Now, I know for a fact that those angry men over the Twittersphere won’t appreciate this story. And you know what? Too bad for them. They will be missing a great first number!
Contrary to some other highly feminist comics, this first number of Big Girls doesn’t set the same tone. Although this comic is highly focused on men VS women, it does not get as political as, for example, Bitch Planet, which is something I appreciated!
It shows how you can have this great idea of a concept, without “forcing diversity” or “keeping an agenda”, as angry men tend to reproach to comics with cool and different female principal characters. You will definitely be able to enjoy this story, without feeling like you are “getting shoved down your throat” an opinion.
Please note the use of all those quotation marks.
The irony in this is how Big Girls #1 will come out the same week as those tweets saying “how women ruin everything with their political agenda”. And yet, the concept of this new series by mister Howard is how men literally transform into monsters and destroy everything on their path. The only ones capable of saving the world? Girls. Since only men transform into monsters in this cool new post-apocalyptic universe:
“Men are monsters. Destroying the world. Only girls can stop them. Big Girls.”
I am very happy to see Big Girls coming out on the shelves this week. Jason Howard’s previous creation, Trees, was a great success for many and it makes me feel good to see his style coming back with this great new concept.
I strongly believe we need more passionate writers like Jason Howard. Thank you for coming out with this story. Although I am not “considered as a part of this community” (insert eye roll here), I strongly appreciate you as an artist and writer.
Big Girls came into my life with perfect timing, like a balm on my geek woman’s heart.
HERE'S THE SOLICIT:
When men become giant monsters hellbent on destroying the world, only girls can stop them—BIG GIRLS. Meet Ember—she writes poetry, loves to read, and she’s a 300-foot-tall full-time monster killer! She and the other big girls are all that stand in the way of our world’s complete annihilation! Critically acclaimed artist JASON HOWARD (TREES) takes full creative control as the writer and artist of a tale that’s a cross between JOHN WICK and GODZILLA by way of HBO’s GIRLS.