Powell and Wiesch double down with the torture this issue of Big Man Plans (the last in this series, hopefully not ever) and it’s darn unpleasant. Powell seems to try to think of grosser and grosser panels to compose every few pages.
In between the torture is the flashback to the idyllic days of Big Man’s life, back when he loved a girl. The first girl, because this issue has hints at his current (or at least recent) girlfriend; she’s from his home town, she marries the sheriff. The story is sensational and horrifying but not really original. It doesn’t need to be original. What’s original is Powell and Wiesch just got people to read a whole comic about punitive torture.
And it’s not a trick. The writers get the reader to buy into it. It’s what this issue is all about.
It’s an effective comic; not sure about good.
Writers, Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch; artist and letterer, Powell; publisher, Image Comics.