Graphic Novel Review: I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly

Book Reviews


Title: I Kill Giants
Author/Creator/Artist:  Joe Kelly, J.M. Ken Niimura
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Format: Digital Copy



4 Stars

“You are stronger than you think.”

Simple words, yet so deep in giving a meaningful meaning.

I don’t know how I stumble to read this graphic novel, but I remember when I saw my friend reading this, I became intrigued what is the story of it. I Kill Giants is the title and I became curious to find out what is the story all about. Until, I also saw the movie trailer, and I’m shocked that it will be adapted into a movie. That’s why I eagerly read this and throw all my current readings to devour this one.

Barbara Thorson was our main character in the story. Well, she was a little weird, and sometimes mean. She became interested in GIANTS – that she wants to hunt and kill them. Because of being weird, everyone thinks of her as crazy and troublesome because she always went to principal’s office.

Everybody doesn’t believe everything Barbara says until she met the giant that would change her perspectives on her life.

I Kill Giants was like A Monster’s call graphic novel version, and this time the character was a girl. At first, I don’t know what would be the point of this graphic novel, but until the last pages, I became enthused by the message it wants to convey.

Though the character Barbara was weird – in terms of outfit and character, I became attached to her and what she was going through with her life.

Few pages, yet it still made my heart ache.

Though I hope it became longer because the ending was a little bit fast for me. But overall, the story was very compelling, and I love it to bits! I now know why it is adapted into a movie, and I will surely going to watch it!

Very well recommended!

Here is the link to the movie trailer of I KILL GIANTS. (Please click the image to see the full trailer)

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 called “Best Indy Book of 2008” by IGN.

Well, obviously I have my favorite parts in this graphic novel. And these are:
This scene was well… very strong for me. And this scene made me felt like that I want to know more about this girl.
And this scene… Ugh. Those words really made my heart ache. It has a reason why the giant said those words. And you must know it for yourself! 🙂

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