The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot
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The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

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Front and center, America! Here comes action! Here comes adventure! Here comes The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot—a roller-coaster ride through the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the tag team that set you reeling with their hard-hitting series Hard Boiled! Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all t...more
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 29th 1996 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 1st 1995)
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Andrew Anony
This is Miller and Darrow having fun with the Godzilla-style story line. It's more Geof Darrow's book than it is Miller's. I'd recommend it for Darrow fans (is that a thing?) or anyone that is bored and has this available, as its a nice little diversion (and is honestly better than any other giant monster story I've seen/read).
Erin
this was the first "comic" book keith showed me at the strand. and, in my typical manipulative manner, during those tenuous days before keith had decided to let me get him naked, i professed eager interest in it and bought a copy.

i think the pictures were cool...
Dan
Pretty pictures do not a great comic make
Nick
I continue to adore Geof Darrow. Frank Miller aint bad neither, but the highlight of this is the art. So incredibly intricate and perfect! Our two titular heroes try and stop a monster which is invading Tokyo and trying to destroy the earth. Its sort of like the sleeping spirit of a dinosaur god, very much like a wrathful Old One in abilities and intent. The dialogue is actually pretty funny. Rusty and the Big Guy both speak like caricatures of children's superhero comic from the 50s. They are s...more
Greg
Solid original work by Frank Miller and Geof Darrow. If anything, Darrow's work makes the book work way more than Miller does. The story is all right, pales in comparison to their other fantastic collaboration, "Hard Boiled." A team of scientists try to recreate the big bang to see the primordial life they can create, and it turns out to be some kind of giant yellow Godzilla monster that represents all evil. Godzilla storms through Japan, turning people into pink goo and mini-monsters. Robots ma...more
Sam Quixote
An experiment goes wrong and an unstoppable force is unleashed in the form of a giant orange iguana with fire breathing abilities and shape shifting powers. Rusty the Boy Robot to the rescue! Only the Japanese Boy Robot can't save the day - enter the American Big Guy! Action and fighting ensues, etc etc.

The cover might make the book seem like a kid's comic but I assure you it isn't. Geof Darrow's incredible artwork is extremely graphic, especially in the fight scenes. Frank Miller's script is a...more
Michele Lee
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 th...more
Keely
I'd heard good things about the series, and after finding out you can watch it free, online, I figured I'd check out the comic. Darrow's art is, as ever, delightful, impressive, grotesque, and a masterful show of draughtsmanship.

I was curious to see what Miller would do with a story that didn't revolve around murder and whores. It's alright, but nothing memorable, just a frame for running amok in the Japanese monster genre. Ellis does a better Atomic Monster send-up in Planetary, but this one's...more
Eric
"patriotism has never been so cool"

having been (and still am) a big fan of the cartoon series, i always wondered how the comic it was based on really was. too my approval, the comic is nearly parallel with the show, in humor, catch phrases, and overall feel of the world that is big guy. the oversized comic helps to bring the big guy world to life with huge comic panels and amazing art that is very busy. i just cannot understand why miller only did this one shot big guy story, and not continue wi...more
Jason Smith
Like Hard Boiled Big Guy and Rusty is a simple, short story with extravagantly detailed drawings rendered by the unequaled Geoff Darrow. This issue is packed with a heart-felt nostalgia for 50s Japanese and American science fiction with a slightly tempered amount of violence as compared to Hard Boiled.

I loved the story line, and it works on the level of this being an issue of an imaginary line of comics (additional covers for non-existent back issues are displayed at the end). However, taken so...more
Spencer
awesome graphic novel. its toungue in cheek but not so much you cant get emotionally involved. A god-like monster starts to destroy japan. The japanese govt. unleashes their secret weopon, the insecure rusty the boy robot. He quickly gets defeated so they call on the Americans for help. Big Guy, a sophisticated american robot saves the day. Did I say I got emotionally involved? Why yes I did. And the artwork is amazing.
Travis
Frank Millar takes the idea of 'What if Astroboy and Gigantor fought Godzilla' gives it a bit of a twist and then gives it to the brilliant and bizarre Geoff Darrow to draw.

Fun and brilliant! Like a saturday morning cartoon on acid.
The story is basically one big fight and the art is amazing to look at.

Shame they never did more with this duo.

Bobby
Strange giant evil talking dinosaur. Boring. Not Miller's best.
furious
i used to like Frank Miller. then, i found out that it wasn't cool to like Frank Miller. & it was, in fact, cool to hate Frank Miller. since then, i love Frank Miller.

it's always been cool to love Geoff Darrow, & it probably always will be, because he is unarguably awesome. it's just too bad he spells his name wrong.
Matt Mazenauer
Captivating & unique artwork along with offbeat story that doesn't really... fit into any classifications. There's something special here. It's also only loosely related to the show, yet relies on your knowledge of the show to know the characters.
Patrick
A color collision of campy Mid-60's Marvel mad-libbing and Flaming Carrot fun. The oversized pugnacious pages perfectly portray the punchy, putrid prevalence of patently patriotic, pop-art potpourri. It's good!
Michael
A comic book without words. But it doesn't matter, because the magic is Darrow's obsessive attention to drawing the tiniest details. The large format works well here, allowing the reader to appreciate the art.
Gennadyi
Mar 31, 2008 Gennadyi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic book fans, art fans, cartoon fans
the opposite and compliment to hard boiled, this book is a very americanized story set in a very japanese art style. expect a predictable storyline, beautiful designs and colors and very basic dialog.
Tyler Lutz
A million stars just for Geoff Darrow's art! The story is in a wonderful, campy, Godzilla-ish style. Tugged on my nostalgia strings.
Stephen Conti
Geof Darrow is amazing..... the details this guy draws is unbelievable... Thanks Brent for turning me on to this guy... Go Shaolin Cowboy..
Shabihi Goldsby
Classic story which captures the innocence of childhood in the form of a boy robot
Stephen Theaker
A series of great posters rather than a really good comic.
Steven
The attention to detail in the art is astounding.
Bill
Geoff Darrow's art is out of this world.
Chris
Worth reading.
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