THE STORY: "3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man" by Matt Kindt – Dark Horse Comics
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Born to a single mother following the death of his soldier father, Craig Pressgang outgrows everything and everyone around him as the result of a rare tumor.
Told through the eyes of the three women who would share each stage of his life — from child to university student to spy — Craig's story is a vibrant, but ultimately incomplete portrait of a man disconnected from the world by biology and celebrity.
WHY IT WORKS: While it would be easy for skeptics to characterize the giant man's doomed existence as a series of metaphors expressing the somber side of the human condition, Kindt's comic fleshes out ideas with relatable characters and genuine emotion. Everyone has a place in the narrative without becoming a cipher for its leading man.
Though situations often call for outlandish visuals, the modern tall-tale never escapes the upper-limits of believability and keeps readers surprisingly grounded amid images depicting the fantastic.
WHY IT DOESN'T: While three narrators succeed in lending unique voices and perspectives to one ongoing saga, the premise doesn't necessarily leave much room for the amount of dialogue mainstream movie audiences have become accustomed to. A skillful director could surmount this issue by translating the comics' captions into voice-over work or other framing devices, but shifting the focus completely onto the giant Craig would risk slaying the spirit of the story and its ultimate meaning.
HOW TO DO IT: Careful to keep his more whimsical side in check, Tim Burton could likely render Kindt's rich visual style as a feature film. From its focus on an outcast to its layered, scrapbook-style assortment of framing devices, "3 Story" seems like fertile ground for the master of mood, pacing and characterization.
CLOSING ARGUMENT: Tapping an impossible premise to communicate very real emotions, "3 Story" takes readers to a world where love and loss are more than just two sides of the same coin. By employing the spectacle of a giant man as a backdrop for personal relationships, Matt Kindt's graphic novel is primed and ready for the right studio to make it a household name.
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