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Posted May 10, 2010
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"Giant Monster" is the latest graphic novel piece of nihilism brought to you from the American Comics Industry. This book, created by writer Steve Niles and artist Nat Jones, concerns an astronaut who upon his solo return space shuttle flight from an international space station encounters an alien parasite, absorbs him and crashes the shuttle into the Pacific. Presumed dead, his body is reenergized by the alien force and he begins to grow rapidly and exponentially and also eats everything and everyone in sight. The prerequisite guns have no effect of the beast (who would've thought since by this time he's the size of the Chrysler Building?) and so General Gorgos (get the clever reference?) consults an ex-Nazi Dr. Strangelove wannabe who provides a weapon in the form of an equally giant Aryan Robot-Weapon complete with shoulder pad swastikas. They clash. They both die...or do they? This is an extremely tiresome tale told with stilted writing and 'fridge level art begging the question: just who is this for? Certainly the self-congratulatory referencing to every Toho kaiju (great creature) film ever made as well as retro VHS trash like "Hideous Sun Demon" stands out like a flare in an outhouse, but there is no reason for the references except for, well...lack of originality. And the gleefully abundant gore is hard to excuse. Clearly the creators have a whale of a time ripping out eyes, chomping divers in half (shades of "Lake Placid"!) and causing constant blood spraying mayhem, but to what end? Even the referencing of nazis and swastikas is too mean-spirited and pointless to have a satiric context (surely the creators don't think it's a point of honor to unearth an obscure, unseen film like "Dr. Strangelove", or do they?). To add insult to injury, the book is padded with extra pages of the original script outline to the comic, which adds no new insight to a fruitless scenario, only heft.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2010
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