Comic books of the cosmic variety usually come in two different types: High Adventure, like Guardians of the Galaxy, or morality tales, like Silver Surfer. So when a cosmic comic comes along that includes both of these elements it’s truly a treat. The Bigger Bang blends cosmic adventure with strong morality, delivering a beautiful and powerful story.
The Bigger Bang follows the adventures of caped hero Cosmos as he travels the universe performing good deeds and getting no thanks for the chore. Writer D.J. Kirkbride does a great job endearing the main character to readers, with Cosmos’ quest for redemption, and the subsequent reveal of the reason for his quest, driving the character. The imaginative adventure is expertly delivered by writer D.J. Kirkbride’s, and artist Vassilis Gogtzilas’ unique style is a perfect match for this emotional story.
Kirkbride fits a whole lot of stuff into this small first issue of a package, and the overall story suffered a bit from it. There were introductions of presumed villains, as well as a mystery female observer, but Cosmos should have been a larger focus and these other elements took away from him quite a bit. While Gogtzilas’ style of art is a beautiful tapestry of pen strokes and colors in each and every panel, it forces readers to work a bit, and it’s so unique that it may push away some readers. Personally, I simply cannot wait to see more of Vassilis Gogtzilas’ beautiful work.
The Bigger Bang #1 was a slow but compelling initial installment to a series that looks to be a wonderfully different take on the cosmic comic book genre. The blend of high adventure and morality tales, mixed with some of the most unique and artistic pens and colors I’ve seen in years, culminates in a terrific comic books. I’m hooked on everything about The Bigger Bang, and I can’t wait to get more.