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The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  497 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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, 80 pages
Published September 10th 1996 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1995)
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Josephus FromPlacitas
This kind of ultra-detailed fantasy romp would be wonderful and fun and zoom bang pow, if only Frank Miller hadn't come out as an authentic fascist during the grim Bush years. (Side note: apparently only the Germans are the only ones to have figured this out, if Google's autofill results are to be believed: "frank miller faschismus." And, Jesus, if it's the Germans who are calling you fascist...)

Geoff Darrow's work, of course, is brain-breaking. It's completely unclear how a human being does wha
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Erin
Dec 28, 2008 Erin rated it really liked it
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
Dec 01, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok
Pretty pictures do not a great comic make
Nick
Sep 12, 2012 Nick rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, humor, art
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
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
Greg
Jul 15, 2014 Greg rated it liked it
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
Afa
Dec 25, 2015 Afa rated it liked it
Saya tak pasti adakah penamatnya memang dibiarkan tergantung, atau saya terlepas sesuatu.. Kisah android buatan Jepun yang sebegitu canggih berkuasa nuklear (juga ada emosi) mengagumi robot gergasi (padahal dikawal manusia) ialah idea yang menarik tetapi monolog demi monolog oleh Liz menyebabkan saya rasa aksinya agak tertunda. Walau bagaimanapun, pelukis cukup senang hati memenuhi panel demi panel dengan teliti menggambar total destruction of Japan, barangkali tribute kepada siri tivi Ultraman. ...more
Emilio
Jun 10, 2016 Emilio rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-manga-au, comic
Uno de esos cómics con muchos detallitos pero con poca carne.

Parece que es una precuela a una serie animada. Va de dos robots, uno mecha grande y uno pequeño. Los dos con armas hasta debajo de las uñas. Y se las van entendiendo con bichos gigantes tipo Godzilla. El pequeño es japonés, totalmente robótico y tiene problemas que le soluciona el robot gigante, estadounidense y controlado por una persona. Suena patriotero. Probablemente lo sea.

Lo que encontramos al ir pasando páginas son casquillos,
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Sam Quixote
Jul 21, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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
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J.G. Keely
Sep 30, 2010 J.G. Keely rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, reviewed
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
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Timo
Feb 19, 2015 Timo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Miller taitaa olla loppupeleissä useammin lyönyt kiveen kuin onnistunut. Paljon hyviä hetkiä miehen uralla on, mutta mukana on valitettavan paljon tätä pyllyvettäkin.
Mainio idea tässä on, mutta jos jutun juonena on lähinnä esitellä Darrowin henkeäsalpaavaa taidetta, ei se ihan sarjakuvakirjaksi riitä.
Molemmat tähdet taiteelle.
Eric
Feb 16, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it
"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
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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
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Karl
Collected edition. Still good fun all these years later. Meeting Darrow at this year's ECC was a hoot.
James S
Feb 28, 2016 James S rated it really liked it
Lovecraftian Kaiju and all American plutonium powered robots.
Michaela
It was interesting... I really did like the drawing style.
Spencer
Oct 13, 2012 Spencer rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 07, 2012 Travis rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
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.

Robert Shane Ellis
Feb 21, 2014 Robert Shane Ellis rated it did not like it
Strange giant evil talking dinosaur. Boring. Not Miller's best.
furious
Nov 12, 2010 furious rated it really liked it
Shelves: mines, comics
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
Aug 07, 2007 Matt Mazenauer rated it really liked it
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.
Printable Tire
Jul 27, 2012 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing
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.
Logan
Jun 06, 2016 Logan rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Great artwork from Geoff Darrow. He's the guy you should go to for wanton destruction and monsters. Otherwise, not much for story.
Tyler Lutz
Jul 17, 2012 Tyler Lutz rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2008 Stephen Conti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geof Darrow is amazing..... the details this guy draws is unbelievable... Thanks Brent for turning me on to this guy... Go Shaolin Cowboy..
Pete Buser
Nov 21, 2015 Pete Buser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, graphic-novel
Just wow.
Shabihi Goldsby
Oct 12, 2012 Shabihi Goldsby rated it really liked it
Classic story which captures the innocence of childhood in the form of a boy robot
Stephen Theaker
Oct 28, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it liked it
A series of great posters rather than a really good comic.
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