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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Barbara Thorson, bullied and friendless, will not back down. She is smart, angry, won’t follow the rules, won’t let anyone close, and sees things no one else does. In short, she is a very disturbed girl, and the power of I Kill Giants is its ability to convey the reality of a frightened little girl’s pain along with the wonder of her apparent fantasies. Kelly’s portrayal of the material is nothing short of literary, echoing the similarly combined elements in Roald Dahl’s Mathilda (1988), just as the giants that Barbara describes to her tentative new friend Sophia recall Quentin Blake’s illustrations in The BFG (1982). Nimura’s line work also retains the jittery quality of the British illustrator’s style, creating a world of sharp tension. As Barbara begins to let people in, her insistence that the giants are coming threatens these intensely longed-for relationships. Whether or not they exist, the metaphor of giants to symbolize the vast terrors of a person’s inner life has never been better realized. Along with Storm in the Barn (the 2009 Booklist Top of the List winner for Youth Fiction), this is graphic storytelling at its zenith: employing fantasy to offer profound insight and take readers on a deeply emotional journey. Grades 9-12. --Jesse Karp

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Joe Kelly is one of comics' hottest writers, with highly acclaimed runs on Daredevil, Deadpool, X-Men and Superman to his credit.

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The story was balanced with the art in a unique way.
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My six year old daughter is starting to get in to reading and I have been picking up books that I thought she would like.
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By the time we've finished our journey with Barbara, we're stronger for the experience and so is she.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
The very first giant, Ur, was the result of a union between the earth and sky. When he became too lonely from being the only of his kind, he tore himself apart, creating a group of other giants: swamp giants, mountain giants, frost giants, and, worst of all, titans. They're unstoppable.

We know this because Barbara Thorson explains it just so. Barbara is waiting for the giants to come, at which time she will fend them off with her deadly hammer. It's tough work, preparing for an oncoming invasion and being the sole person tasked with killing them when they arrive.

Barbara is a unique fifth grader, even aside from training to kill giants. She wears giant bunny ears, avoids talking to most of her classmates, has regular conversations with fairies, calls her P.E. teacher a bull dyke, and even slaps the school psychologist. She's antisocial and proud of it, considering almost all the people she encounters to be stupid and annoying.

Only fellow student Sophia manages to crack Barbara's thick shell, acquiring a place of trust and friendship that no one else ever has--or even tried to attain. The sweetness of the friendship is genuine, as are most of the relationships in I Kill Giants. Whether Barbara is dealing with her principal, her psychologist, or her sister (who is raising Barbara and her rarely seen brother), and even when the dialogue feels ready-made to fit a movie starring a sassy protagonist, the words have the ring of truth to them. Even when writer Joe Kelly pushes the dialogue to the brink, he pulls back just in time to ensure believability. Better yet, he sends in surprises to usher the story along in unexpected paths (anchoring it as he goes with some fun allusions; my favorite being one of the best movie quotes ever: "No fighting in the war room!").
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Shuster on November 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
This touching and humorous story of a young girl who must invent monsters to cope with her demons touched something inside of me. I bought it blind because I was looking for something light and the cover art was fun. It was not what I was expecting yet I read it in one go. This is one of the only books that I have ever allowed myself a few tears for. The writing and art are perfect for this story, and the protagonist is someone who we can all relate with at different times. If you want a treasured part of your collection which will stir up emotion, get this book!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lanewburn on September 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
I Kill Giants is both powerful and poignant with its young protagonist, Barbara, battling in the awkward struggle of otherness. She cocoons herself in her imaginary world, slaying monsters and facing giants that, though flights of fancy, are tangible symbols of the inevitable truths she must face. The writing is subtle and the artwork, a nod to manga, is whimsical yet the perfect delivery piece for so touching a story. It's one of the few comics that forced me to shed a tear, but sniffling aside, I rallied for its heroine and her all too vivid moment of having to grow up. This is a fine example of why comic books can and should be considered part of the canon of good literature.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By para on December 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
This trade collects the entire series I Kill Giants (issues #1-7).

Barbara Thorson is an anti-social fifth grader who has more important things to worry about than school, detentions, or the opinions of others. Because she kills giants. Ones more frightening and real than anyone else understands...

I won't talk in detail about what I liked about the story of I Kill Giants in order to keep this review free of spoilers, but I absolutely loved it. Barbara's story is a captivating blend of fantasy and reality, as this overmatched but resolved child deals with giants of all kinds. It's a layered, emotionally packed achievement of the graphic novel medium.

The art is a blend of stark black and white work and a more grey-tone approach to black and white, often in the same panel. The underlying shapes of the character designs are exaggerated (giving some faces a particularly square look, others oval, etc.) and line quality varies from crisp to sketchy. All of this combines to make the art very unique and take some getting used to. You can tell that it's quality work, but many readers might be a little put off at first glance. The thing is all of these things are done deliberately and carefully. After a short while the unfamiliarity dissipates, leaving the reader to appreciate how this odd yet wonderfully executed style perfectly compliments Barbara's story. There are some particularly jaw droppingly gorgeous pages later in the book.

Because it is so outside the norm in art, subject matter and style, Barbara's adventure doesn't necessarily grab the reader from page one, but it doesn't take long to become engaged in this deeply resonant story. Overall a perfectly paced and told masterpiece, I Kill Giants is easily and instantly became an all time favorite of mine.

Highest possible recommendation.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By David Henry on June 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book and simply put it was amazing. It is a perfect example of how great the graphic novel is as a medium.

I want to say nothing about the content of this book. Go in with a totally fresh slate. Don't go look at pictures, don't read other reviews, don't wait, just buy it.

I picked it up on recommendation from my local comic shop guy. His words we're "It's good, really really good, buy it". I did just as he said, and am glad that I did.
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