Writer: Leah Williams
Art: Marco Castiello
Colors: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 12, 2019
As far as the War of the Realms mini-series goes, this one seemed like it would be the most fun. I mean, the entire thing felt a bit tongue-in-cheek from the start. Well, with this issue it’s all over. Was it any good? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with our heroes scaling the walls of Ymir’s stronghold and as they climb, they think about climbing and I realize that three issues in, I barely know any of these characters. I mean, I know Scott, but that’s about it. I think if you held up pictures of each of them, I wouldn’t be able to pick them apart. I will take some of the blame here…I am a dummy with little to no attention span, but I will lay a bit of it on Leah Williams as well. She hasn’t made me want to know, let alone care, for anyone in this book up to this point and a little spoiler…that doesn’t change at all after this one either. After a prolonged encounter with some Giants on the roof, a group of women walk by and that’s where we finally get some story progression. It’s not great, but it’s something.
One of my problems with this series is that for a book called Giant-Man, there is a real lack of scope here. That changes for the better when we finally see Ymir and learn of what’s going on with him. Even then, however, Williams seems caught between wanting to have a big bad and a message and by the end, we get the lesser end of both.
As far as what the issue started out as, Scott does find Cassie, but even that felt half baked and couldn’t decide how it was going to work itself out. She certainly didn’t need saving, but the timing of it all felt so forced to get to the ending.
By the end, Atlas, Giant-Man, and Goliath all get their little character moments but they are just a little too late to make them matter much. I know I must sound pretty down on this issue and I am. This felt like such a wasted opportunity with a bunch of underused characters showing why they don’t get much work. I wish I could be more positive here, but there is just not much to like at all out of this series.
The Giant-Man mini is over and it was not very necessary and to be honest, not very good. There were little tidbits of fun here and there, but this mini lacked character moments and development, had pacing problems throughout and didn’t make much out of its very basic story idea.