Oh how prepared I was to hate the comic that always had a naked woman on its cover. Nothing but gratuitous sex exploited like everything else in society. Crowds drawn to the mention of t**s like moths to a flame. & then one day I stumbled upon the first issue posted on-line for free. I read it, ready to cringe yet curious of what it was really about. It began to a poem; about life's chaos, beauty, & ugliness to the scenes of sperm searching for an egg & a young man masturbating. `Oh boy, yet another erotica desperately pretending to be something deep,' I thought. But then I read the rest of the 22 pages & it was... amazing. Beautiful. Genuinely deep. An over-coming celestial sort of awe. All of my harsh prejudges were crumpled.
Its enigmatic unsettling tone matches to that of The Birds rather than that of Girls Gone Wild. That atmosphere alone reaches out & grabs you by your throat. I cannot praise it enough. It's one of those stories where if you say anything, almost anything at all, it will spoil so many of the twists that the series is famous for. But here's a hint. In the words that inspired the Luna Brothers themselves; beautiful monster. & it all begins with Ethan--the masturbating man, a 20-something nobody who has no luck when it comes to the opposite sex. To top it all off he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. One ominous was-rainy night he has an emotional breakdown at a bar & is thrown out, but while driving home in a frustrated daze he almost hits someone: it's a frightened, naked, bleeding, breathtaking woman. & she's about to change more than just his world.
The deeper into the series you go, the more surreal & almost dreamlike it becomes. The story never dies down for a second, each & every page is fascinating & drenched in dark hearted drama or bizarre mystery. The art is beautiful, with blurred surroundings & smooth colors. & the ending, those very last 3 pages, is dazzlingly reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The finale itself does collapse under its own weight a bit, but the ride is such a grand trip that this can be forgiven. Ultimately, in my opinion, it's a science-fiction masterpiece that explores the depths of stereotypes & holds a statement on the differences between genders; played out by very human characters whose humanity & hope slowly erode away in a situation they can't comprehend. & only one thing is certain; no one will ever look at the opposite sex the same way again. As well as exploring the very nature of beauty itself. Yes there is nudity & sexuality, but it's more of a commentary on humans' slavery to sex & never feels pornographic at all. This is a rare breed of story, one in which everything that can be explored is, & thoroughly so. But don't be mistaken, this is a very mature read, a very strange read, & not for everyone.
If you are someone who prefers conclusive endings, energetic pacing, & is interested in the meeting of an alien race over the arguing of humans, this is a series you will either find sub-par or simply average.
Girls is a character study above all else.
Oversized, hardcover, & $[...]--a bit steep.
The book is heavy & acts as more of something for show, but the comic certainly looks amazing in its large format. The slip it comes with is attractive & looks more penciled than its counterparts. Mine was lightly dented on one edge, & the top's image was loose around the edges--I glued it down more securely.
Ultimately this is a book for the die-hard fans, & for casual readers I recommend the trades.