Love: The Lion

Written By: Frédéric Brrémaud

Illustrated By: Federico Bertolucci

Distributed By: Magnetic Press

Reviewed by Melissa Minners

                It's not often that I get to review a comic book featuring wild animals and no dialogue whatsoever.  What a unique concept!  So when I was offered an opportunity to review the third volume in the Love series by Frédéric Brrémaud, I decided to check it out.

                Love: The Lion focuses on a solitary lion who has somehow lost his pride.  Alone, he must go out in search of food, but hunting without a pride can be extremely difficult in the African plain.  Especially when he is not the only carnivore in the area.  The lion must compete with hyenas, alligators, vultures and other prides for his food.  Along the way, he encounters a number of indigenous species and some who don't exactly belong, but his final test will be engaging a well established pride.  Will our solitary lion survive and be welcome into the pride?  Or will he have dined on his last supper?

                The artwork in this comic book is simply amazing.  The incredible detail afforded the wildlife in this comic is amazing.  And the story - without words, the story is somehow made more poignant as we watch this lion from his time as a cub until his adulthood, learning exactly what the circle of life is all about.  Frédéric Brrémaud and illustrator Federico Bertolucci don't pussyfoot around the reality of the harsh life afforded animals in the wild.  Such realistic approaches can be seen in the death of an elderly lion who can't keep up with the rest of the pride, the death of various prey by the various carnivores of the area,  the injury and eventual death of a lioness caused by her prey or the ostrich running and trailing flames after the unfortunate fiery crash of a fighter plane.  All of this is done in stunning color with black and white artistry illustrating the solitary lion's memories.

                What a unique and amazing concept!  Seeing the world through an animal's his or her life in her specific habitat.  Getting to see what danger lie in store and how every day that animal overcomes them to survive.  This series would be terrific for kids as well as adults, teaching them the realities that befall the wild animals of the world and the beauty that exists for them as well.  I thoroughly enjoyed Love: The Lion and can't wait to check out more of this series!


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