I've heard tales of Northampton, and because of those tales I have never visited. No, I'm sure it's fine; a picturesque town in the heart of England. It's probably not at all the dangerous and vengeful place it's hinted to be in this prevew of Giant Days #6 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman, which sees university friends Esther and Daisy on the search for the third of their cohort, Susan, in the unfamiliar territory of her home town.

Where is Susan, and what did she do to tough-as-nails Karen Shaw that may have forced her into hiding? The preview only hints at the answers, which may lie in a strangely bifurcated Comic Shop/Vinyl Shop.

If you're not familiar with Giant Days, published by Boom Studios' Boom Box imprint, it's a refreshingly authentic look at university friendship, and while it has a distinctly UK slant, the relationships between the leads should feel warmly familiar to anyone who was ever that age. Check out the preview below, and I think you'll be charmed by the rhythms of Allison's dialogue and the expressive personalities of Treiman's characters, even if you're lucky enough never to have been to Northampton.

 

 

Here's the solicitation:

 

Giant Days #6 (of 12)
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
Price: $3.99
Synopsis: As everyone buckles down for exams, we get a good look into Susan’s mysterious past.

 

Giant Days #6 is on sale Wednesday 19 August.