Friday, June 17, 2016

Love, Volume 3 is the Circle of Life in Color (Review)

The third volume in the lavishly illustrated series of wildlife graphic novels, each following a single central animal through an adventurous day in their natural environment. Each tale depicts genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, this volume focuses on a solitary Lion as it wanders the plains of Africa, handling the daily hunt, and vicious rivalry, without a Pride of its own. The circle of Life takes center stage in a world where predator and prey trade places on a regular basis, and Family is something worth fighting -- and dying -- for. This exciting tale, written by Frederic Brremaud, is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. 

A beautiful, powerful tale of survival in the animal kingdom that explores the all-too-identifiable, universal concepts of Life, Courage, Aging, and ultimately Love.
Love: The Lion
Frederic Brremaud (Author)
Federico Bertolucci (Illustrator)
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Publisher: Magnetic Press
Genre: Comic/Graphic Novel

Part three of the Love series, which takes readers into the interactions of predator and prey, The Lion is graced with beautiful depictions of the circle of life.

The illustrations are amazing and really designed to keep the eye focused on the story. So much is captured in the drawings that no words are necessary to explain the trials and triumphs of the lion. It is definitely a quick read with a flowing sequence of events. I really felt as though I was watching a real-time portrayal of African wildlife. 

I recommend The Lion for those who feel they’re too mature for The Lion King, but want to experience a day in the life of lions, and older teens who can handle the graphic depiction of animals attacking each other. If you are new to comic books, then you would definitely appreciate the depth that can be found in this quick read.

*eARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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