Will Leslie live happily ever after? Your Major Spoilers review of Unnatural #12 awaits!
Writer: Mirka Andolfo
Artist: Mirka Andolfo
Colorist: Gianluca Papi
Letterer: Fabio Amejia
Editor: Diago Mara/Marco Ricompensa
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 14, 2019
Previously in Unnatural: it’s Leslie vs. the Glance with the Wolf in between.
“JUST A SIMPLE PIG-GIRL…”
Okay, so the first thing you need to know is that our cast consists of anthropomorphic animals who live in a quasi-future world reminiscent of a slightly less-advanced Blade Runner. Now, on we go! Our protagonist, Leslie, has been working to stop a nebulous evil called The Glance, but has discovered to her horror that Glance is in truth her own mother! Worse still, mom is a blood-powered shaman who wants to bond with a mystic creature called The Albino, who is (sort of) under Leslie’s control. When her mother flees, Leslie experiences a full-on hero moment and chases after her, ordering her friends to free the rest of The Glance’s prisoners… only to run headlong into a trap! Things get complicated, as Mom/Glance taunts her that she can’t kill her, only to have wolf-person Khal slash her mother in what should be a fatal wound. Aaaand then, I remember the part about “blood-magic”. Betrayed by her mother, Leslie is stabbed and then forced to fight The Albino, now possessing her mother’s body, fighting to overcome her fears and the creature’s psychic might.
NOT JUST ANOTHER FAIRY TALE
I really enjoyed this comic, even having not read any of the previous issues, and I’m really impressed at how quickly Andolfo’s art and story grabbed me. This story was originally presented in Italian, but I didn’t ever have any “translation issues” or moments that didn’t read clearly. That said, you can feel European influences throughout the book including the all-animal person cast, and while this issue doesn’t feature the sexuality seen in previous issues, there are still hints of it, especially between Leslie and Khal. The depiction of violence is strangely subtle in the issue, but even that is rendered beautifully, with excellent color choices making sequences with blood pop visually, The tension of Leslie’s situation is really well-established throughout the book and the depiction of various species is both smoothly designed and perfectly rendered. Leslie herself is even cute, and her relationship with a literal big, bad wolf makes a cute final joke. The issue ends on an ambiguous note that balances happy ending with the spectre that the Albino may not be entirely gone, and I’m actually fine with there being more of this book.
BOTTOM LINE: QUITE ENJOYABLE
In short, I’m going to be seeking out the first issues of Unnatural, and I recommend it (for adult readers) as Unnatural #12 is a satisfying climax with lovely art and truly beautiful coloring, featuring some really well-written moments of emotion for Leslie, who ends up being my favorite protagonist in recent memory, earning 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. If you’ve been wondering whether this book can balance adventure, sex, dystopian futures and pretty pig-ladies, be assured that it can and does, and it’s worth your time.
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I'm going back for the previous 11 issues and you should, too.