Goliath Girls is a story about hope during wartime and the power of sisterhood. The fate of the world lies in the hands of three teenage girls – Zelda, Eunice, and Juliet – and their pet kaiju Ginger Spice.
Join them as they fight to not only save humans from gargantuan kaiju known as “goliaths,” but also to save goliaths from humans. In issue #2, the Goliath Girls must battle a giant space ape and face further trouble (romantically, parentally and otherwise).
After previewing Goliath Girls 1&2. I got some answers about my new favorite Manga from Writer Sam Humphries!
In addition to his comics writing, Sam recently became a co-host of DC Universe! He also shared some exclusive process art featuring the girls “pet” kaiju “Ginger Spice!”
Alex Yarde (AY): loved the line “Then came the children who never knew a world without monsters- Generation Kaiju- They came together to save the world from the monsters and to save the monsters from us.”
There seems to be a coexistence faction and a “humanity first” faction. Is this accurate?
Sam Humphries (SH): I’m fascinated by the differences between generations. The generation too young to remember 9/11, the generation who don’t remember a life before the internet — that sort of thing. They take the crisis points of the past and metabolize them in new ways.
In that process, they define the future. I wanted to know what it would be like for a generation of kids who can’t remember a world without goliaths. How would they look at the world differently?
Naturally, they’re not a monolith with one point of view. They have three Kaiju philosophies, or five, or five hundred.
AY: The team has definite archetypes; the rebel (Juliet), the science geek (Eunice), the empath (Zelda), but each seem to share a bit of the others traits as well, like Zelda “Every life is sacred, even monsters” utterly refuses to hand over Ginger Spice, breaks her own rule and swears up a storm trying to control her. What were your influences for the team?
SH: Mostly people I know, friends and colleagues, or even people I know from afar on the internet.
But Eunice, Juliet, and Zelda are pieces of them, split apart and recombined to create original characters.
As far as their relationships, I was inspired by Our Little Sister, Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, Maison Ikkoku, and Cowboy Bebop.
AY: The Art style is and storytelling is very Manga, which I love. I also really dug the “Villain” Paul’s Skull & Crossbones Tunic & Cape nod to Space Pirate Captain Harlock.
He seems to have conflicted allegiances and an interesting backstory will we learn more about him?
SH: Yes. See issue 3. We’ll learn a lot about Paul, but also a lot about all the characters. Their pasts, how their allegiances and rivalries came to be.
AY: The dialogue was very smart and rang authentic, how did you write from a teenage girls perspective?
SH: They’re in their early 20s. Mostly I just try to put myself in their shoes and write from an honest, emotional perspective. No silver bullet tricks for that, sorry. 🙂
AY: The cast and the creators of the book are also refreshingly diverse, was this a conscious effort? How did this team come together?
SH: Alti [artist Alti Firmansyah X-Men ’92, Star Lord and Kitty Pryde] and I worked together on Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde at Marvel, and we had such a great time together, we’ve been talking about doing a new book together ever since.
It’s great to have diverse characters on the page, but we won’t have true diversity in comics until we have diversity in the creative teams and front offices as well.
AY: Mangas are sometimes multi-generational. How far along did you plan? Do you foresee a limited issue or long run for this story to be told?
SH: Long run. Twice as long as Naruto. 😉 I’m glad you said “multi-generational” as the past and future are very important to the core of Goliath Girls.
AY: Will we see the two factions square off in the future trying to control the sovereign?
SH: Absolutely. The Goliath Girls and AJAX have a LOT of history together. On top of giant monsters and cities at stake, it is all very emotionally loaded for them.
AY: Loved the fire-breathing pink reindeer! As a matter of fact, all the creature designs were very creative. How much did you collaborate with the artist on the creatures?
SH: Alti went wild and created an entire portfolio of amazing goliaths. So whenever I’m scripting a scene with a new goliath, I can just point and say, use that one! It’s great.
AY: Without any major spoilers. What are some of the big events can we expect after the release?
SH: Big events but not major spoilers? This is a trick question. All I can say is the goliaths get bigger, the relationships get more intense, and Zelda and her mom butt heads like crazy.
On December 5th, comiXology Originals debut an exciting Special Edition of Goliath Girls issue #1 featuring never-before-seen process art, character development, script pages, and more from writer Sam Humphries (Blackbird, Harley Quinn, Green Lanterns) and artist Alti Firmansyah (X-Men ’92, Star Lord and Kitty Pryde).
Goliath Girls continues with the all-new issue #2 debuting on the same day in both English and Japanese.
Both Goliath Girls #1 Special Edition and Goliath Girls #2 will be available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and also available for sale on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99.
Issue #2 will also be simultaneously available in Japanese the same day in Japan through Amazon.jp and worldwide, upon release.
The print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com.
Goliath Girls contains big emotional turning points, but instead of bursting into song, giant monsters battle each other,” says Goliath Girls writer & co-creator Sam Humphries. “This is a new take on the kaiju genre—the monsters are more emotional, more interconnected with the humans. And with the same day Japan release, we are erasing the boundaries of comics distribution to bring comic book readers across the world together.
In the world of Goliath Girls, monsters will rise, cities will fall…but best friends are forever! Zelda, Eunice, and Juliet are three best friends: orphans of the Kaiju Generation, and adoptive mothers to their own baby Goliath!
For years they’ve searched for the elusive King of All Goliaths, the one fabled to bring the Forever War to an end. But they’re not the only ones on his trail.
In addition to the new Goliath Girls releases set for this Wednesday, comiXology will also host a Sam Humphries sale featuring some of his outstanding work from across notable comic publishers!
Goliath Girls joins other comiXology Originals including, Superfreaks by Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet and Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: Death of Shorty by Richard Starkings, Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; Ask For Mercy by Richard Starkings and Abigail Jill Harding; Savage Game by Ryan Kalil, Shawn Kittelsen and Chris B. Murray; Grave Danger by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton; Teenage Wasteland by Magdalene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn; Hit Reblog by Megan Kearney and curated by Hope Nicholson, and more.
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About the Writer
Sam Humphries is the writer of Harley Quinn, Nightwing, and Green Lanterns for DC Comics’ blockbuster Rebirth initiative. He recently wrote the global video game phenomenon Marvel: Contest of Champions.
His other titles include Legendary Star-Lord and Avengers AI for Marvel, as well as original critically-acclaimed books Jonesy and Citizen Jack. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two cats, El Niño and Hopey.
About the Artist
Alti Firmansyah is a native-born Indonesian. She studied graphic design in Bandung.
Her big break as a comic artist was on Marvel’s Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde, written by Sam Humphries. She has also drawn Marvel’s X-Men’92, The Unbelievable Gwenpool, and Thor Vs Hulk. She lives in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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