Love: The Dinosaur
Written By: Frédéric Brrémaud
Illustrated By: Federico Bertolucci
Distributed By: Magnetic Press
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Some time ago, I read a comic book called Love: The Lion. The third in its series, it told the tale of the circle of life. The main character was a lion, separated from his pride, that must learn to survive and ultimately comes full circle with his own mortality. The most astonishing thing about the comic book was the fact that it contained no words – no narrative whatsoever – relying on the artwork to tell the story. I loved it! So, when I heard that there was a fourth volume in this series, entitled Love: The Dinosaur, I just had to check it out.
This time around, we are taken back in time to prehistoric Earth. We are introduced to a small mammal-eating dinosaur – I’m not even going to try to butcher the name of this guy – who, as the lion did in the previous comic book, finds himself separated from his herd. Without a herd or pack, it is nearly impossible to survive the swamps in this world. Quite a few of the larger dinosaurs out there think he’s lunch.
After several near escapes from dinosaurs traveling by air as well as water, our little dinosaur finds shelter amongst a large herbivore. Though not seeming to realize that the smaller dinosaur is using it for shelter, the large herbivore has helped to keep the smaller dinosaur safe from the larger predators of the swamp. But when Tyrannosaurus Rex comes along, it may all be over for our little friend…unless there is something out there that can prove mightier than the mightiest predator alive amongst the dinosaurs.
As with Love: The Lion, Love: The Dinosaur tells its tale through its artwork. Frédéric Brrémaud creates the story and Federico Bertolucci brings it to live brilliantly. I do believe that there is nothing Bertolucci can’t illustrate with exquisite detail. Though similar in theme, Love: The Dinosaur is much different than Love: The Lion. The dinosaur in this story doesn’t simply fend for himself, but finds a symbiotic relationship with a dinosaur who is not a perceived threat, but can conceivably protect him from actual threats. Unfortunately, the fate of the dinosaurs is well known here and thus, the dinosaur’s journey is fated to end the same way as that of the lion.
If you check Love: The Dinosaur out for only its illustrations, consider yourself lucky. But if you can enjoy it for its passionate tale of survival and the circle of life, Love: The Dinosaur is a must read…look at…Check it out!