Giga is a new series from Vault Comics. The author, Alex Paknadel,, reached out to us and agreed
to answer some questions about the
series. You may recognice him from his work on Boom Comics' Arcadia and Marvel
Comics' Lords of Empyre
Today I am excited to share the first issue of GIGA, my new
giant robot murder mystery series from Vault Comics. Folks like James Tynion,
IV, Scott Snyder, Kieron Gillen, Dennis "Hopeless" Hallum, Jamie
McKelvie and others are already calling GIGA one of the very best books of the
year. Accordingly, I really hope you'll give it a read and consider preordering
#1 in good numbers before its FOC this Monday, October 5.
1. Anything more you want to say about the plot aside from
I don't want to give too much away here, but I think what's
caught people's attention about this book is that it isn't the usual giant
robot smackdown. I love that material and there's some of that in the book, but
in the main this is a book that depicts what happens AFTER the city-leveling
smackdown - centuries after, in fact. The robots that laid waste to our towns
and cities came to rest and apparently never woke up, so before long we humans
did what we always do and made the best of a crappy situation; we moved in and
made our destroyers our homes and our gods in one. A new religion sprang up to
account for the change, led by a team of engineer-priests who also govern the
city and enforce its laws. It's a sprawling, textured world with its own rules
we've created here, and I hope people will enjoy visiting it.
2. Fans of what type of books will like Giga
Giga's a genre mashup at its core, so I'd say if you're into
anything from Neon Genesis Evangelion to Brubaker and Phillips' Criminal via
Urusawa's Pluto then you're going to enjoy this. If you're a fan of meticulous
worldbuilding and mythology then this will also hit all of those buttons. We've
striven to present a plausible world with real stakes here, so in general I'd
just say if you're a fan of good stories then our book is for you.
3. How many issues is the series?
The first arc is 5 issues and it constitutes a complete
story, but if sales warrant it then I have many, many more tales to tell with
these characters in this world.
4. Readers will know the artist from what other books?
John is a new talent with a few anthologies under his belt,
but this is his first long form work. I couldn't be more excited to be working
with him as he takes his first steps in what I predict will be a long and
storied career. When I was planning the book I decided that I wanted the art to
be very warm and textured, which is the often the last thing you'd expect to
see in this genre. John can handle the spectacle readers rightly demand, but
there's a punky, cartoonish quality to his character work that makes the book
feel way more indie than it is.
5. What else would you like to say to someone who is
intrigued by Giga but hasn't quite decided?
I'd say please just give us a shot. GIGA won't be for
everybody because nothing is, but the team's passion and commitment to the
project is evident on the page. I've been working with this publisher and this
team on this for well over a year now, and I can honestly tell you it's a labor
of love for every single one of us. For that reason, I'm very confident that if
most readers pick up our first issue they'll see how different our approach is
and be curious to see more.