Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Jungle Book. Graphic Novel Review


Zenescope, t/p, $15.99


Reviewed by David Brzeski

I was a little dubious about this book on first inspection. It follows the publisher’s regular habit of taking the young female characters of fable and fiction and re-imagining them as sexy young women. That Mowgli was a young boy didn’t seem to worry them. They made him female and added three more children, each raised by a different group of animals, to the mix.

I couldn’t help but notice that, on the original covers of the five issue miniseries collected here, Mowgli is drawn more buxom than she’s depicted in the actual story. Obviously Zenescope know what appeals to their core readership.

For all that, it’s not as bad as I expected. The story, of the fragile peace between the four tribes of animals is well handled. The artwork, by Carlos Granda (coloured by Liezl Buenaventura) is stylish and pretty to look at, if sometimes a little unclear. The prurient element takes a back seat, for the most part, to good storytelling, although, inevitably two of the other three kids show a marked sexual interest in Mowgli, including Akili, the other female.

All-in-all it was an enjoyable read, which made me want to dig out the original novel by Rudyard Kipling. I’m not sure I liked it enough to make me want to keep up with future additions to this series though.