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I kill Giants

(I Kill Giants #1-7)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  15,400 ratings  ·  1,618 reviews
Il mondo si è spaccato in due e solo una bambina straordinariamente fragile e caparbia può impedirgli di spezzarsi definitivamente. Barbara Thorson fa la quinta elementare, ama il fantasy e i giochi di ruolo, non ha molti amici e ha un segreto. È la custode del martello incantato Coveleski, il distruttore di giganti. Barbara dorme in cantina, perché al primo piano di casa ...more
Hardcover, Titan edition, 240 pages
Published September 20th 2018 by Bao Publishing (first published September 1st 2009)
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Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This really grew on me. It had to. I started the book frustrated with Barbara, with her disconnect from the real world and total immersion in a fantasy world she's created, with her near inability to interact with the people around her. That's a bold thing that Kelly did, to start the reader off with an entirely outside perspective of Barbara, and only slowly reveal exactly what is going on inside her heart and mind, and what events in her life have caused her to react in this way. (view spoiler ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Giants and stories that hit home!
I Kill Giants

5.5 stars!


I have read so many Image Comics over time (Saga, Invincible, Chew) and I have been enjoying every one of them! Now, I had stumbled upon this unique little comic called “I Kill Giants” which is written by Joe Kelly along with artwork by JM Ken Niimura and it was seriously one of the most creative and intense comics I had ever read!

What is this story about?

Barbara Thorson was just your average fifth-grade student…alright maybe not so average student. Barbara’
Content warnings:
Abelist slurs
Lesbian slurs
Violent responses/reactions to non-violent situations

Barbara is a character that I continuously had to remind myself to not judge too harshly. I figured there had to be an explanation. And there is...I'm just not sure it's enough. She's not nice, she's abusive and mean, and there's nothing in these pages that excuses that behavior - though many people make excuses for her behavior. However, there are reasons for her actions, too. It doesn't make
Sam Quixote
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Barbara is a pretty headstrong young high school girl who loves Dungeons and Dragons, dislikes school, isn't interested in friends or other people, and is obsessed with giants - more accurately, killing giants. But in our everyday world, is Barbara just a weird kid because we all know giants aren't real. Aren't they...

The most important thing potential readers to this book should understand that it's not a fantasy book (though it contains fantasy elements) and is set in our world, the "r
Johnathan Morris
What an emotional roller coaster! And the first graphic novel to make me cry!

I Kill Giants follows a segment of the life of Barbara Thorsen, arguably the greatest giant slayer of all time, in her quest to defend the world from giants—and maybe defend herself from some giants and ghouls of her own.

Probably my favorite graphic novel, the story opens on the surface with a young, angsty girl trying to follow her passion of bringing down titans and giants. However, as the story progresses we find tha
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Pretty awesome. I'm not usually a fan of manga-style or black and white artwork but this is great. (Although I do wish there was more black or, at best, a highlight color like red.) I Kill Giants is a surreal allegory (in the style of Joe the Barbarian) about Barbara Thorson, an angsty loner teen who deals with very bad things through fantasy. Or is it fantasy? This coming of age story is also about friendship, courage, bullies, allies, family, and the power of the imagination. Having been a qui
Moi  Baltazar

Reminded me of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. They both have a lot of things in common -- bullies, nerdy kid, giant monster, sick mother, stupid friend, wild imaginations, depressing story, etc.

Actual rating: 3.25 stars
Seth T.
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
It's good to pick a book with vaulted expectations, set the book down finished an hour and a half later, and have those expectations met. In I Kill Giants' earliest chapters, I was not at all sure this would be the case. The pace felt abrupt, the characterizations suffered some adjacency to verisimilitude, and the ground seemed well-worn and overly familiar as it hadn't been long since I had the pleasure of reading Nate Powell's Swallow Me Whole. Of course, by book's end, all that had been well- ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Liz Janet
I got the same feeling with this book that I did with "A Monster Calls", it was good, but not great.
It is the story of a girl named Barbara who thinks she fights giants, the giants being a metaphor for something else of course. Her big sister is taking care of her and her brother, but Barbara does not have the best relationship with them as of late. Something has happened that has distanced them.
It is a very well drawn piece of work, all in black and white. It might have been much better with c
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Πάρα πολύ καλό!!!
Μου θύμισε το Bridge to Terabithia και το A Monster Calls.

All things that live, die. This is why you must find joy in the living, while the time is yours, and not fear the end. To deny this is to deny life. To fear this... is to fear life. But to embrace this... Can you embrace this?
You are stronger than you think.
I’m not crying you’re crying shut up.
The artwork in this comic is super super amazing! Even If the story wasn't so interesting and full of oomph I would've kept on flipping through, it's that amazing. Cool story, amazing read and satisfying ending. Not many YA comics are this satisfying. Awesome book. ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-ya
Seth said his high expectations were met; mine were set high in part by him, but for some reason I didn't love this book. The highlight: Niimura's visual work, which was awesome. I thought the story was conventionally "inspirational," how you get through the challenges of "giants" in your life, and maybe especially as a kid, and Kelly had some similar challenges, and apparently some of the same angry responses, and presumably came to the same cathartic conclusion as the main character girl in th ...more
Barbara's a lonely girl, but she tries hard not to show it. Queen of the misfits, she loves fantasy books and D&D. And why shouldn't she? Her real life is no piece of cake. She's bored by school, has her own personal bully, and is coping with one very deep, dark secret.

Though I wasn't overly crazy about the manga style artwork, this is a wonderful, touching story that should not be missed.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I kinda expected it to be something else and it was. A little disappointed, I just felt that nothing really happened and I could see the end a mile away.
Nicay (dearnicay)
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted @ THE NERDY SIDE OF A QUEEN

“You are stronger than you think.”

Simple words, yet so deep in giving a meaningful meaning.

I don’t know how I stumble to read this graphic novel, but I remember when I saw my friend reading this, I became intrigued what is the story of it. I Kill Giants is the title and I became curious to find out what is the story all about. Until, I also saw the movie trailer, and I’m shocked that it will be adapted into a movie. That’s why I eagerly read this
Released as a seven-issue, self-contained comic book series, about a teenage girl in the modern day who claims to kill giants. Difficult to expand much on that without spoilers. This book will upset you.

Nothing about this is well-done on a technical level, but I still found it effective. The writing is... okay, but there's very little payoff until the end. The art is not great and sometimes make it hard to tell what's going on.

The creators have pre- and post-issue comic book conversations betwee
Jan Philipzig
Nothing really wrong with this one, I guess. And yet, I don’t know, somehow the story just did not feel all that original or convincing or memorable to me – go figure. Maybe my expectations were too high?
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, realism
Huh. I wonder if Patrick Ness read this? ...more
Mike Rapin
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ircb-summer-2017
Whew. I put reading this book off because I knew it was going to wreck me. Reading it a second time, and in one go, was way more gut wrenching. That whole last chapter had me in straight-up tears.

I knew the damn ending and I still cried.

This book sets you up to have fun with some quirks but with a heavy, heavy cloud over head. How we get to the end is the most important part, and watching Barbara lose control, chapter after chapter, is the roughest part of the story. You know something bad loo
"A giant comes to a place and destroys everything on its path. It's not like a dumb hurricane or something. A giant is hate. It can't stand anything good, so smashing isn't enough. A giant comes to a place and takes everything from you...and when it's's like whatever made your life good was never there. That's why they have to die."

"All things that live, die. This is why you must find joy in the living, while the time is yours, and not fear the end. To deny this is to deny life. To fea
Neil (or bleed)
It's like A Monster Calls in graphic novel but the main character is mean this time. ...more
Okay, this graphic novel left me so conflicted I'm not sure even where to begin soooo . . .

Book content warnings:
ableist slurs
lesbophobic slurs

Basically, this book is about Barbara Thorson, a young girl who "kills giants" both imaginary and real. Sooner or later, though, she's going to have to face her ultimate fear: the Titan.

Only, the titan isn't so imaginary and is something that's all to real to many people (and kids). I won't spoil it for you, but to be honest, the family drama, and this
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is why God or Santa Claus or Alan Moore or whoever invented graphic novels and it's the perfect example of why they are a valid and worthy literary form. The art and text together make the story. It's a truly beautiful collaboration between Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura.

This is the story of Long Island fifth grader Barbara Thorson. She is iconoclastic and nearly friendless-until she meets a girl named Sophia and the school guidance counselor. She is a Dungeon Master extraordinaire. She
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nbtr
Wow Wow Wow Wow!!!!!!

Just wow, this was a wonderful read and I loved both the story and the artwork. I LOVED THIS BOOK. This story deals with a 10-11 years old girl's story to cope up with losing a parent. This is similar to A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness or rather I should say that 'A Monster Calls' by Patrick Ness is similar to this graphic novel. This was wonderfully drawn and Barbara's fantasy world was drawn beautifully. Do yourself a favor and read it.

I have always loved comics, and I hop
Sep 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When we are adults we tend to remember our childhood and teenage years as the good old days, we keep sweet memories but no matter how happy we were (and I was a happy child indeed) it was never a piece of a cake. There were hard moments. Surviving school and high school sometimes could get rough. We had problems grown ups considered ridiculous, but they were massive for us. So much for a regular kid, but Barbara's life is somehow not very common: She lives with her sister and her brother. She ki ...more
Jean-Paul Bass
I was excited about reading I Kill Giants–the title itself was enough to get my attention. And then I read the description and was even more intrigued. Barbara is a loner, an odd kid, who escapes into a fantasy world to avoid dealing with real life. As the fantasy world starts bleeding into reality, Barbara becomes more and more convinced that something big is coming and it’s her duty to stop it.

Barbara is just enough of a smartass to make you feel sorry for her. A kid who backtalks like her mus
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

***Indie 500 Buddy Read with the Shallow Readers! Indie Publisher this time: Image Comics***

I'll admit: I was more than a little confused in the beginning.I was under the very false impression (because my mind really just made it up) that Barbara fought giants all the time because they were running rampant. I don't know why my brain went in that direction, but it did. So when she was the only one who believed in giants, I was baffled. But then things started making more sense. This isn't just a
Dec 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2010, yaf
I read this because: Felicia Day told me to.

I brought this home from the library, and finished it within 12 hours. This is a noteworthy feat because I have 18 other books sitting next to my bed. I love each of them more than the one before.

This is a YA graphic novel about Barbara, a middle schoolish-aged girl who is dealing with some serious shit. The ways that kids cope with the difficult things in life consistently amaze me and remind me of what the human spirit is capable of. Joe Kelly captur
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“All things that live, die. This is why you must find joy in the living, while the time is yours, and not fear the end. To deny this is to deny life. To fear this... is to fear life. But to embrace this... Can you embrace this?

You are stronger than you think.”
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