Publisher: BOOM! Box
Creator & Writer: John Allison
Pencils: Max Sarin
Inks: Liz Fleming
Colours: Whitney Fleming
Who needs classes when you can have the adventure known as love? Or is it lust? When you are 19 it can be hard to tell. In Giant Days 22 we have young love, together with mixed-up feeling when Daisy brings back her new ‘friend’ Ingrid. But friendship is not what they have planned though; pity for them the house they have is full of Daisy’s friends. While Daisy’s friends take delight in this, at first, Daisy herself is more in a daze of emotion: nerves, anger, panic and excitement. She just kissed a girl and brought her home.
The issue focuses on Daisy and her new-found love blossoming. We get to see her in the ups and downs of a new romance. She panics about what to say in a text, is excited to meet up, is panicky about it all. It would be sweet if it wasn’t so apparent that being with Ingrid is clearly the start of a toxic relationship. It isn’t just the obvious signs of them not being completely compatible, with Ingrid’s go-out-and-find-any-party lifestyle and thirst for adventure. It’s the way she manipulates Daisy, making her feel bad, getting her drunk. She puts her in danger and uses her to pay money she clearly has no intention of paying back. Daisy herself picks up on this, noting that it is perhaps more lust she feels for Ingrid and considers if she should break up with her. But in these kinds of relationships should doesn’t always mean will.
Compared to some of the previous issues of Giant days that I have this one seems a lot darker with its subject matter, or perhaps that is just my reading of it. It still has its usual comic tones to the subject matter, but it is clearly setting itself up to teach Daisy a hard life lesson. Or perhaps it won’t and things will work out for her really well. The thing about relationships is they are impossible to predict.