Love: The Lion by Frederic Brremaud ~Goodreads~
Published by Magnetic Press 2016
Hardback edition 80 pages ~Book Depository~
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 is probably one of the most beautifully illustrated graphic novels I’ve read, and what’s interesting about this book in particular is the fact the story is told through only the illustrations.
The story depicts “a day in the life” of a lion living in the wild, and the illustrations certainly speak for themselves. It was fairly easy to follow the story but towards the end I did get a bit lost with what was happening. However, it was incredibly moving from picture to picture and viewing the circle of life if you like. There’s truth in the illustrations that isn’t tainted by the human mind, and this realistic outlook made this graphic novel all the more special.
If you love animals and appreciate stunning artwork then this is the perfect graphic novel for you, and despite not having text I enjoyed just having the illustrations to ignite my own imagination of how the characters felt and what may have gone through that powerful animals head. I’m looking forward to checking out more graphic novels such as this one.