By Nolan P. Smith
(Victor Valley)– Archaia Entertainment, an imprint of Boom! Studios, has already released two spectacular mini series under the umbrella of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches and Dragons. With the third series, the focus shifts to another mythological figure: the giant. As with the previous series, each issue is a self contained story about giants, with the first one focusing on a friendly giant out to make a difference.
Written and drawn by newcomer Conor Nolan, this first issue takes us to a mythical land where an elderly couple find a humongous peach, which ends up housing a baby inside. This child grows from infancy to giant sized before he reaches his pre teens, but of course, people fear what they don’t understand. As villagers protest for the giant to leave as they fear for their lives, word spreads of a band of ogres terrorizing a nearby town, the giant leaves to go save a village.
On his way, he befriends a motley crew of friends, ranging from a starving dog, a greedy monkey, and a crownless king swan, the story focuses on accepting those that are different than us, because deep down, they aren’t as different you might think. Nolan’s work here is great, from script to panels, and is a story ripe for all ages. This is a great start to the mini series: an upbeat, lighthearted story of morals and understanding.
Nolan Smith is a longtime reporter with High Desert Daily, covering everything from the opening of a new comic book shop to a series on the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. A long time resident of the Victor Valley, Smith has worked in the educational sector in the High Desert for the past decade. He is also the Editor and Co-Founder of Pastrami Nation- a pop culture news site which features news, reviews and podcasts on various aspects of pop culture, including comic books, video games, films, anime, manga, cosplay and more. You can visit Pastrami Nation at www.pastramination.com.