Written by Eric Powell & Tim Weisch
Art by Eric Powell
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: 03/04/2015
Solicit: From ERIC POWELL (Eisner award-winning creator of The Goon) and TIM WEISCH (a guy who used to be a bricklayer) comes BIG MAN PLANS, a brutal crime drama with a shocking mystery at its heart. Even the most marginalized in society can exact revenge if they don’t care how they do it.
- The subject matter of this comic is vicious and course. Big Man Plans will not be for everyone. It’s ruthless, violent, and at times may make you lose faith in humanity.
- This comic is about a man of short stature, who is pushed past his limits by societal injustice and one mysterious letter, and becomes a killer out for revenge. This is a very graphic comic so be prepared for some brilliantly drawn brutality.
- Big Man Plans is written by Eric Powell and Tim Wisch with the art by Eric Powell. It is published through Image comics.
-Big Man Plans is unapologetic in its story and art. There is no humor, no love, and no positivity. Instead there is homicidal rage, gore, sex, and plans of revenge. Despite the unrelenting bleakness and a now psychotic homicidal main character, this comic somehow manages to draw you in.
- The writing duo of Powell and Wisch, introduce the main character by depicting the cruelty, ignorance and abuse that are the catalysts for the event that finally throws him over the edge.
- I’m a huge fan of Powell’s artwork in this story. The detailed character drawings have great facial expressions and body language. The graphic illustrations mixed with the dull and often barren backgrounds create a sense of disassociation between the character and his surroundings while making high impact statements on the pages.
- Colour is well used in this comic; harsh bright colours give a severe and claustrophobic feeling to the pages. During flashbacks the colour tends to be faded which adds to the atmosphere and allows the hits of vivid colour to highlight the violence.
- This comic is bleak and unrelenting from beginning to end. It’s the type of comic that will appeal to a certain crowd and make everyone else extremely uncomfortable.
- There are some panels that will upset and offend some people so choose to read this comic with that disclaimer in mind. I personally feel this comic achieves the goals of the writers but I can see the potential for audience backlash in a comic such as this.
- This is a 4 part mini-series and a lot of this issue is spent in flashbacks. I think the writers have set up an interesting yet distressing starting point. However, you don’t get a sense of where the plot is leading, you just know it will be a violent downhill spiral for from here on out.
- Big Man Plans is tricky to review, with the vagueness of the plot and the extremes to which it takes, well everything. However, between the acts of drinking, swearing, sex, and violence it does have the beginnings of a solid story and the artwork is excellent.
- Personally, I found a lot to interest me in this disturbing tale. However, the unrelenting carnage left me feeling shell-shocked.
- I wouldn’t recommend this story for everyone but it is definitely worth a look if you like a hyper violent story brought to gruesome life with excellent graphic art.
Big Man Plans is unapologetic in its story and art.
There are some panels that will upset and offend some people so choose to read this comic with that disclaimer in mind.