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About the Author

Frank Miller is among the world's most popular comics creators. His work on the original series Sin City has garnered numerous awards, including two Harvey awards for Best Graphic Album of Original Work (1998) and Best Continuing Series (1996), and the series has earned Miller six Eisner Awards, including those for Best Writer/Artist, Best Graphic Novel Reprint, Best Cartoonist, Best Cover Artist, Best Limited Series, and Best Short Story. Similarly, books in his Martha Washington series have won Eisners for Best Finite Series, Best Coloring, and Best Penciller/Inker

Together, Miller and Darrow have earned two Eisner Awards. In 1990, they were recognized as Best Writer-Artist team for the sci-fi crime graphic novel Hard Boiled, and in 1996, Darrow earned the award for Best Penciller/Inker for Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics; Gph edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569712018
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569712016
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the black and white and 'dialogue-less' version of a similar comic title released by Darkhorse which is in colour and contains dialogue. If these elements are important to you, you may want to purchase the original version. Having said that, it is interesting that the narrative runs very smoothly even without the dialogue as the Big Guy and Rusty stories are very simple 'Rescue the World from Monsters' narratives.
The reason some may want to purchase this is to drool over the very detailed inking artwork done by the artists which is lost in the smaller version and obscured by the dialogue balloons. Personally I prefer this 'King-size' version as it allows me to examine in superb detail, the careful, intricate and excellent illustrations.
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A few of the individuals who had previously reviewed this book said that they had got it for their children, read it and didn't like it. While I think it may be somewhat appropriate for young readers, it should be noted that this book was not technically written for the young. The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot series is a satire of Japanese Chogokin (giant robot) stories in which a robot made by humans and piloted by one or more humans is sent to fight off an invasion of giant monsters. In those stories, western nations are often forced to rely on Japanese technology to save the day. In Big Guy and Rusty, the opposite occurs. While I didn't fully love the story, I did like it very much and will likely read more of them in the future, but I'd like to point out that the reason I liked it is largely because I knew what to expect. The artwork is super detailed and masterfully rendered by Geof Darrow. The faces of the characters aren't all lovely to behold, but this is because the book is a satire. There is barely one single dull moment in the story. Just as you would expect to see in movies like Pacific Rim, the story mostly consists of nonstop action. Basically if you like giant robots, giant monsters and satire, this series is for you!
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I've known about this graphic novel for some time but never got it. I am a fan of Frank Millers writing - to a point!. He has written a lot of stuff that I do not like. This one falls towards one of those moments. However, Frank Miller is not the reason to buy this book but rather the beautiful drawing by Geoff Darrow. The work is incredibly detailed and meticulous and it works brilliantly with the ridiculous monster attack storyline. To summarize: A scientific test gone awry; a monster is born and attacks Tokyo, two superheroes are sent to deal with it: Rusty, a Japanese robot and Big Guy, an American armored soldier. The story is campy and very simple but it is the huge splash pages of art that draw you in. If you get this, don't do it for the story, which is just a simple tongue-in-cheek tribute to kaiju, manga and cold war comics, but for the gorgeous art.
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Frank Miller's phrasing and Geof Darrow's art blew me away. I had no idea that it was going to be so dark and scary, a tale in which humanity faces an overwhelming threat to its continued existence. Most comics stay at a distance for me, but this really pulled in my imagination. Comparable works in my experience would be Mark Waid's "Irredeemable" and Joe R. Lansdale's "The Drive-In." It's like Godzilla meets H.P. Lovecraft with the horror quotient pushed to the max. Wow!
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In a modern (for the 90s) Tokyo, scientists, foolish with power, successfully recreate primordial ooze, only to discover it's the perfect host body for an evil, Cthulhu-like (in mindset and motive at least) creature who breaks free and follows the trend of giant monsters rampaging on Tokyo. What's worse, citizens discover after they've thrown everything at it from missiles and tanks to helicopters and super (prototype) boy robots, the creature isn't just out to destroy humanity, it can infect them, turning them into mutant dinosaur creatures that can further spread the disease, destruction and chaos. In a last ditch effort commanders beg for help from the good old U.S.A. and from the sea comes the Iron-Giant-ish hero, The Big Guy.

All American, a true blue hero, the Big Guy is determined to defeat the evil creature, save the innocents mutated into monsters and uphold decency standards all the while. The prose is a bit pretentious at times, and a bit old fashioned other times, but both reinforce the character of the Big Guy and heroic feel of the tale.

The only bad thing to say is that this two part series went nowhere as a comic, introducing dynamic characters but going no further, and, while the Fox Kids TV show (a mere 26 episodes) was a hilarious, spot on blend of tongue-in-cheek jabs at mechs, robotechnology, speculations on the future, Godzilla-inspired disasters and superhero comics, reading this book is a reminder that the Big Guy and Rusty still hasn't seen DVD release. Oh well, there's Youtube.
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The first thing you'll notice is Geoff Darrow's knotty tight sublime hyper-etched artwork, lines running like veins into the architecture and broken glass that is Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot. This is not the Miller of Sin City or DK Returns et cetera,,,,watch him rip away the Chandler influence and dive into Japanese toy culture via Godzilla gggrraaaaaauu. This won't give you a typical Milleresque vision, whatever that means, but it's a cool trip through a world owned by toys and monsters. Great book for kids. Bedtime story and such.
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