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The 10 Best Comic Books About Coping With Loss

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  • Posted on 16th Sep, 2022 00:32 AM

Comic books can be personal and don't have to be trivial. These stories about coping with loss are healthy, sad, honest, and often literally true.

Life is full of loss, whether it's the loss of a family member or friend, loss of identity, or even the loss of hope that things can get better. Everyone has experienced some version of this emotion and dealt with it in their own ways. Stories about loss are not only about things that have gone missing but can teach life lessons and hopefully help people come through their experiences stronger.

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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.


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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.

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