Series Review: Giant Days

This is a series review post. As more books come out in the series, I will add the reviews to this same post for convenience. I try and keep the spoilers out as best I can. Enjoy!

Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days #1). by John Allison.Illustrated by Lissa Treiman.
Published by BOOM! Box on December 24, 2015. Paperback: 128 pages.
Source: Owned
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Young Adult, LGBTQIA, Diverse Characters & Stories
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Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

Collects issues #1-4.

A great introduction to these quirky, loveable girls. This comic is so unique because it is just about every day life at a University. Our three friends, Susan, Esther, and Daisy, are friends who met at school, and this is about them living their lives. And it is beautiful and humorous and sometimes sad. Everything is real, and it is wonderful. Each issue is pretty standalone, which makes the volumes more like a collection of moments/stories just like you would have from your college days. This is such a nostalgic-inducing series. And all of the characters are loveable in their own unique ways. I knew when I read this first volume that this would become one of my favorite comic series, and after seven volumes it is still the case. Wonderful fun!


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days #2). by John Allison.Illustrated by Lissa Treiman, Max Sarin.
Published by BOOM! Box on April 12, 2016. Paperback: 128 pages.
Source: Owned
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters & Stories, LGBTQIA
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Continuing their first semester at university, fast friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy want to find their footing in life. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, holiday balls, hometown rivals, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

Collects issues #5-8.

This volume is just as good as the first volume. The excitement and the energy from volume one continues in this volume full force. What I love most about this series is its genuine spirit. It is just filled with real characters navigating through the complexities of college life and being themselves, and that is something that everyone needs in their lives, honestly. I loved getting to visit Susan’s home and learning more about her past. And my love for Daisy grows exponentially with each issue I read. This is seriously my favorite comic series.


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #3). by John Allison.Illustrated by Max Sarin.
Published by BOOM! Box on October 11, 2016. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Owned
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters & Stories, LGBTQIA
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Best friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy are rounding out their first semester at university. The girls, along with their male hall-mates Ed and McGraw, find that college is more than academics and bad microwavable meals. Add some pub-hopping, hookups, breakups, and political scandal and this might just be the most eventful first semester ever.

Collecting issues 9-12 of the critically acclaimed series, Giant Days, vol. 3 gives us another comedic slice of life from creator John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round), and fantastic newcomer, Max Sarin.

This volume was a little weird compared to the first two. Susan is working her tail off to get her candidate elected for the student council election. Meanwhile she disappears from her friend group and ends up being a “night walker” because she stops sleeping. I’m not saying it’s not good, it’s just a little off from the rest of the series. This collection has an overarching story across multiple issues, and maybe that’s why the pacing in this volume just felt a little off. But this series continues to introduce and involve diverse characters that just make you fall in love with the girls even more.


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 4 (Giant Days #4). by John Allison.Illustrated by Max Sarin, Liz Fleming.
Published by BOOM! Box on March 14, 2017. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Owned
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters & Stories, LGBTQIA
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It's springtime at Sheffield University — the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, and fast-pals Susan, Esther and Daisy continue to survive their freshman year of college. Susan is barely dealing with her recent breakup with McGraw, Esther is considering dropping out of school, and Daisy is trying to keep everyone and everything from falling apart! Combined with house-hunting, indie film festivals, and online dating, can the girls make it to second year? 

The Eisner Award-nominated series from John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) with artist Max Sarin delivers another delightful slice-of-life adventure in Giant Days Volume 4. Collects issues 13-16.

This one is a little wacky, but you can’t help but smile and laugh when you read this series! Once again Giant Days explores the mundane moments of life in college with such drama and tenacity. Something like “searching for next year’s housing is turned into an overly dramatic quest that is acknowledged by some of the side characters. I just love that this story can make fun of itself and still be lighthearted and fabulous.


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 5 (Giant Days, ). by John Allison.Illustrated by Max Sarin, Liz Fleming.
Published by BOOM! Box on June 20, 2017. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Library
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, LGBTQIA, Diverse Characters & Stories
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Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.

Their freshman year is finally coming to a close and Daisy, Susan, and Esther say goodbye to Catterick Hall forever. Literally forever. It’s being bulldozed and re-purposed as a luxury dorm next semester. But as one door closes, another opens and between end of semester hookups, music festivals, and moving into their first home together, the life experiences are just getting started.

Written by Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrated by Max Sarin, Giant Days Volume 5 finishes off freshman year in style, collecting issues #17-20 of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated series.

Year One has ended for our favorite girls, and with that comes summer break and a massive music festival trip. But honestly, things just can’t go 100% right with our ladies ever (and this is so real life for me it isn’t even funny). With each passing issue I see myself in Daisy, Susan, and Esther more and more. I see my high school and college experiences, the innocence I started school with, and the exposure to life I gained by being around my friends. Such simple things, but those simple things are what makes this comic so real and relateable. Giant Days just continues to have the right balance between humor, problem-solving, and being overly dramatic. Because that is real life, y’all.


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 6 (Giant Days #6). by John Allison.Illustrated by Max Sarin.
Published by BOOM! Box on October 24, 2017. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Library
Genres: Young Adult, Diverse Characters & Stories, Comics & Graphic Novels, LGBTQIA
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Esther, Susan, and Daisy have moved into their beautiful new house off campus, but the new living situation creates new challenges for the girls.

Second year begins and Daisy, Susan, and Esther have taken their friendship commitment to the next level by moving into their “beautiful home” off-campus. But the keys didn’t come without new responsibilities. Unwanted suitor visits, a robbery, and Susan living only a few blocks apart from her ex-boyfriend, McGraw, has made the dorms feel like a haven. The girls are in for a dose of reality when they learn that there’s more to being an adult than paying your own rent.

Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming welcome you back to Sophomore year in Giant Days Volume 6, collecting issues #21-24 of the critically acclaimed series.

Volume 6 returns right back to the tone and humor that made me fall in love with the series in Volume 1. It is refreshing to return back to the roots of this series as Year Two begins–almost like we have completed a big circle and are starting around again. Move-in day comes with a few unexpected surprises, and seeing Susan, Esther, and Daisy handle them with more “grown up poise” is fun. The more I read this series, the more invested I become in each of these characters, including Ed and McGraw (and even Dean). And Daisy gets a girlfriend, y’all! And that just adds an extra layer of chaos and hilarity.


Series Review: Giant Days Giant Days, Vol. 7 (Giant Days, ). by John Allison.Illustrated by Liz Fleming.
Published by BOOM! Box on March 27, 2018. Paperback: 112 pages.
Source: Library
Genres: Young Adult, Comics & Graphic Novels, Diverse Characters & Stories, LGBTQIA
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Esther, Susan, and Daisy continue to face the rigors of young adulthood in this Eisner-nominated series.

Fast friends Susan, Daisy, and Esther continue their second year at Sheffield University, and these are formative times, indeed. Education and looking ahead to the future isn’t all that college holds in-store for these ladies--grocery store protests, family reunions, and even an MMORPG wedding are all on this semester’s docket.  

John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Liz Fleming, take us to Sophomore year’s second semester in Giant Days Volume 7, which collects Issues #25-28 of the Eisner Nominated series.

What I love most about this series is that, while this is set at University and our characters are occasionally seen going to class, this series reflects the growth that occurs outside of the classroom. Esther learns about capitalism and corporate conglomerates and peaceful protesting all because she enjoys sandwiches. Daisy learns that love and relationships are complex and chaotic and sometimes knock you off your feet in the best way. Ed and McGraw learn that sometimes you end up living with someone that almost gets married in a videogame. And Susan–Susan is still brooding, but as you read you can see her emotional growth happening underneath the surface, but it is still not complete yet. And all of this is real life. And it is beautiful and enjoyable and give me more, please!


I am now currently caught up with the trades available at my library. As soon as I can get my hands on more, I will add more reviews to this post. But for now, if you haven’t figured it out by my raving reviews above, you should probably go out and get yourself a copy of Volume 1 and start reading this amazing comic series!

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