Title: Giga #1
Words: Alex Paknadel
Art: John Lê
Published: October 28, 2020
Publisher’s Summary: “Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos. From writer Alex Paknadel (Friendo, Turncoat, Incursion) and rising star John Le comes another Vault & White Noise partnership about what happens after the mechs stop fighting.”
Giga takes place in some far-off future or maybe another planet where the remnants of humanity survives by living in the hulks of gigantic robots designed to fight in wars of ages past. Now these relics are used shelter, worshiped as gods, and, likely much more. When one day one of these Gigas is sabotaged during a class of religious instruction the world is changed irrevocably as is the life of a young wheelchair bound man. Fast forward more than a decade and Evan, who had been a witness, a survivor, and possibly an accomplice, ekes out an existence and keeps a very big secret or two.
In Giga Alex Paknadel takes the love of giant fighting robots and breathes life and worship into their dormant bodies while building a world where the mystery of their existence has morphed into deification. Right away he shows how they represent much more than structures. That alone is worth the price of admission, but the story is much more as well. It is really about the people, their belief and what they need to do to survive.
Giga is fascinating and unique. It shows plenty of heart in the face of violent conflicted dogma.
The Bottom Line
Giga is a layered mystery in a land of giant fighting robots, a thriller with a touch of creep factor all about the people who worship these metal monsters.