Before Big Hero 6 came out in theaters back in 2014, I wasn’t aware of who any of these characters were. I would have never imagined just how big of an impact the film would have on my life. Fast forward five years, I’ve read the original comic book the film was based on and have watched all the episodes of the TV series. The team dynamic and the intricate stories told were definitely a huge part of why I became such a huge fan. After seeing that another comic would be released, I knew I had to read it.
Big Hero 6: The Series #1, which is published by IDW Publishing, is written by Hannah Blumenreich, illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari, and lettered by Christa Miesner. After a grueling battle with giant robots, the team returns to their lair and everyone continues with the rest of their days. Fred proposes for the group to hang out and go over the battle, but the rest of the group has to go on a class trip. They leave Fred alone to watch over and defend San Fransokyo. Feeling a bit worried about another robot attack, Fred decides to write and draw a Big Hero 6 comic book to prepare himself. Also included in this issue is a mini-story titled “Mini Maximum Noodle Dog,” which is written by Joe Caramagna and illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari.
Like I mentioned above, the team dynamic within the group is something that I’ve come to appreciate. It’s quite unique that they all became friends while coming together for a greater cause. The comic captures that sense of friendship while also showing just how connected they are. There’s a part of me that believes that Fred is making the comic book not only because he misses his friend but also to show just how much they mean to him. He could’ve written about anyone else but the fact that he chose to write about his friends reveals a lot about his character. I was glad to see that the level of their friendship established in the film was a prominent element in this comic.
During my time as an undergraduate student, I was able to take a class on comic books and how they were made. It covered a number of areas, including Scott McCloud’s Triangle of Iconic Variation and the different types of movements that can occur between different panels. Although Fred doesn’t go into that much detail, it’s still great to be able to relate to the process of creating a comic and the different components that go into it. There’s a moment in his comic where he adds a comment on how difficult it is to draw action scenes, which is something I can definitely relate to.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Big Hero 6: The Series #1. It built upon the already established elements in previous material while also promising to build more in this universe. The ending of the main story sets up the second issue in a much more traditional sense by adding a cliffhanger but it’s very effective. The short story at the end was quite funny, especially since it shows a new version of BayMax. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the series plays out.
Big Hero 6: The Series #1 is on sale now wherever comic books are sold.
Big Hero 6: The Series #1
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Big Hero 6: The Series #1.