[Magical Readathon] Entry 101: I Kill Giants (#1-#7)


Author: Joe Kelly, J.M. Ken Niimura (Artist)
Fiction > Young Adult > Graphic
Fiction > Young Adult > Fantasy
Publication: September 1st 2009 by Image Comics
Pages: 184
Format Read In: Ebook

Summary from Goodreads (GOODREADS LINK)

Barbara Thorson, a girl battling monsters both real and imagined, kicks butt, takes names, and faces her greatest fear in this bittersweet, coming-of-age story called “Best Indy Book of 2008” by IGN.
My Review
Trigger warnings: ableism, fatphobia, homophobic slur, violence, slurs towards mental illness, sexism, cancer, death of a parent

I picked this book up to fulfill the “Herbology” prompt for my O.W.L.s!


  • Arithmancy: Read something outside your favourite genre
  • Charms: White cover
  • Herbology: Title starts with an “I”
  • Muggle studies: Book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

What I Liked

  • I like how confident Barbara was in herself. She refused to let people make her feel embarrassed for her giant hunting stories, and kept her head held high even in the face of bullying.
  • The art style of the giants and titan was really cool! I want some of those up as posters in my room.
  • This is the second time I’ve read a book with a child protagonist viewing the cancer in a parent as a monster (see: “A Monster Calls”) and it’s just as heartbreaking and tender the second time around. The art style doesn’t shy away when it comes to showing how terrifying the whole experience can be for anyone who has to watch their loved one undergo treatment.

What I Didn’t Like

  • There were far too many awkward and outwardly problematic actions from Barbara, none of which were properly resolved. I understand she’s a kid going through some serious trauma but the fact that the narrative left out how she should make amends for her actions and words that have hurt people was so bizarre to me, especially if someone going through a similar experience picked up the book and found their hurtful actions justified. This was a major issue I had with “A Monster Calls”, as well.
  • Man, this graphic novel, above all else, made me realize how much shit therapists go through. They just don’t get paid enough for all that BS.
  • While I liked the art style ultimately, I found it hard to follow the panels. It didn’t flow very well and I got lost in pages with lots of text.


Maybe this genre isn’t for me. I’m glad I got around to it though!

My Rating: 2/5

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