Magnetic Press Love: The Lion Graphic Novel Preview Review

Love: The Lion is an upcoming silent graphic novel illustrated by Federico Bertolucci and written by Frédéric Brrémaud and published by Magnetic Press. This is the third novel in the series, preceded by Love: The Tiger and Love: The Fox.

Each volume in the Love series centers around the days in the life of an animal, very similar to a nature documentary, particularly the recent films in the Disneynature series. However, as these are silent graphic novels, the artwork alone tells the narrative without the assistance of words. The Lion follows a lone male lion and his struggle living without a pride.

The artwork is stunning. Bertolucci’s style captures the hot, dry plains of the savannah and the deep, wet tones of the jungle with beautiful color palettes and soft shading. Every panel is filled dynamically with movement and emotion, swiftly illustrating the story.

At roughly 80 pages it will be an interesting “read” for any age.

 


Here is what others have had to say about this publication:

"Lavish, gorgeously rendered... A monument to modern sequential narrative"

COMIC BOOK RESOURCES

 

"...Breathtaking beauty... Gorgeous full page illustrations that recall Disney's animated classics."

- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

"...A stunning isual delight that paints the natural world with a lush sense of wonder and graceful wit. You will joyfully lose yourself in its abundance."

- J.H. WILLIAMS III (Eisner Award Winning Artist of SANDMAN & PROMETHEA)

 

"Expertly controlled... A beautiful slice-of-life graphic novel..."

- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

 

"...If you are someone who loves comics for its ability to grant narrative meaning to still images, this book was made for you."

- THE COMICS BEAT

 

"...The book is gorgeous and the panels, breathlessly paced...Visually lavish and unforgettable" 

- KIRKUS REVIEWS

 

 

Summary

A young lion wanders the Serengeti in search of a pride to call his own. But being alone, he is watched with cautious eyes by those families he encounters along the way, including a coalition of rival males in search of their own pride to conquer.

So the nomad searches patiently, waiting for the opportunity to claim his territory and find a new family. But loneliness can breed ferocity…

The third volume in the lavishly illustrated, award-winning series of wildlife graphic novels, each depicting a day in the life of different wild animals, told through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling, like a nature documentary in illustration.

Click here to read the 8 page preview of Love: The Lion

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