REVIEW: The Bigger Bang #3

Story: D.J. Kirkbride
Art: Vassilis Gogtzilas
Letters: Frank Cvetkovic
Colors: Vassilis Gogtzilas
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 21, 2015

After his violent birth and extremely melancholy life since, Cosmos, otherwise known as the Destroyer, has finally found some friends…or has he? The universe can be a complex and confusing place and the deceptively naive Cosmos is learning that the hard way.

The thing about Bigger Bang is, either you love it or you hate it, there really is no room for simple affinity. The storytelling method is so different from what’s trendy in (post) modern comics that that’s really not much of a surprise. Throw in the book’s ponderous themes and eccentric art style, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a polarizing comic. Fortunately, I’m one of the guys that think the book is outstanding.

Usually when you’re dealing with a main character that is essentially a god, the tone of the story tends toward melodrama. That’s not to say that Bigger Bang isn’t without exaggeration, it’s just that the book treats its cast of character and events with healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek awareness. That’s why I think the 3rd person narration works so well; nothing is ever that dangerous or frightening when approached from such a literary distance.

In this issue, Cosmos starts to come out of his shell, accepting that there may be more for him than solitude and destruction, even as he becomes more and more entangled in King Thulu’s web of deception. The crafty King has decided that if he cannot beat Cosmos outright, he’ll simply find a way to harness the hero’s overwhelming power and use them toward his (Thulu’s) own ends.

Captain Wyan begins to suspect, as well, as she and Cosmos become more emotionally involved, that there is more to life than duty and obligation, though she is not quite as free-spirited, understandably, as Cosmos.

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Like I said, the book isn’t without dramatic spectacle, it simply addresses it in a funny way. It’s like reading a parody of 1950s science fiction that is smart enough to know that it’s a parody without getting so gratuitous that it becomes tedious.

I know you’re already reading this one, so I won’t tell you to add it to your pull list. Just keep it there and enjoy the ride.

By: A.C.

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