Reviews: The Bigger Bang

The Bigger BangThe Bigger Bang by D.J. Kirkbride and Vassilis Gogtzilas

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Bigger Bang is as absurd as its title, but also endearing. The protagonist is a man named Cosmos. Forged in a singularity from what had been our solar system.

…It’s a shame about all good things.
The end came without suffering at least. Just a flash and then…
…over.

Well…
…over for life on Earth. Over for life in the pocket of the multiverse the Earthlings had barely begun to perceive. So, while Earth and it’s inhabitants were created in The Big Bang…

…a being named Cosmos was created in…
The Bigger Bang.

His impossibly proportioned bulk soars through the vacuum of space. To atone for the tremendous cost of his creation he protects all living things throughout the universe. His primary ability is to absorb energy. The first action we witness is his diffusing of a mega-volcano encompassing one-eighth of an planet. Despite his heroism he is feared. Across the universe he is misunderstood. To others he is known as The Destroyer.

King Thulu (who is a combination of Cthulhu, Thanos, and Zapp Brannigan) rules many galaxies through violence and fear. He is ever attended by his faithful assistant (essentially Kif Kroker), and his will is enforced by Captain Wyan (basically a three-eyed version of Gamora). Captain Wyan has known nothing of compassion until she is sent to kill Cosmos and sees his kindness towards all creatures (then promptly destroys the planet he just saved, because orders are orders).

D.J. Kirkbride’s story follows all the familiar beats you would expect, but is peppered with silliness and comic timing. No one describes the “taste and mouth feel” of exotic fruits unless they are in on the joke. This bizarre satire is paired with some of the loosest surreal artwork I have seen in a comic. Vassilis Gogtzilas’ fascination with tentacles rivals Ben Templesmiths’ The Squidder, but also has frames where rows of eyes and teeth just repeat off into the distance. Its whimsical and disturbing. The style lends to very kinetic tableaus peppered with dirty particle effects, and scribbled shading, but it grew on me. There is a sweetness in the insanity. In each vignette Gogtzilas manages to incorporate a self-aware character who responds with a clarity and surprise which pierces through the chaos.

I received access to a digital copy of The Bigger Bang from NetGalley. The collected trade paperback will be released by IDW Publishing on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015.

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