Comics' unique combination of words and images makes it the perfect format for personal stories. The medium highlights nuanced feelings and its natural intimacy connects readers and creators in ways that film and conventional literature can't. As a result, comics about loss can help people on both sides of the equation process loss in the real world, and learn from others' experiences.
I Kill Giants is a seven-issue series from Image Comics Here, Joe Kelly, and J. M. Ken Niimura tell the story of fifth grader Barbara Thorson, a loner quick to tell others that she fights giants with her hammer Coveleski. Barbara's home life does not provide her with much of an escape as she and her younger brother are cared for by her older brother.
I Kill Giants is a story of a young family coping with an absent father and a terminally ill mother. As it progresses, it's obvious that the "giants" Barbara battles are symbols of her mother's sickness and her need to make amends before it is too late.