Created by Federico Bertolucci and Frederic Brremaud, the series Love aims to tell emotional tales with no dialogue or narration. Instead, they aim to convey the story and its raw emotional power through some carefully crafted artwork and a very simple (yet highly relatable) idea.
Each of the stories are standalone and do not require the reader to have read the previous book in the series Der Tiger. This one, (for those who don’t speak German) is entitled The Fox and follows the journey of a fox during an extreme environmental event. To explain any more would take away some of the power that the story has, so I will leave it there in terms of description. What I will say is that the book progresses at a fast rate and is constantly gripping. It may not be the longest of books, but I’d argue that it is of perfect length. Any longer and the story would have dragged a little. Any shorter and the stories development would have been sacrificed.
I guess it’s time to address the elephant in the room - yes this book is in German (although an English translation should be hitting stores later this year). It doesn’t really matter; the only text is a little section at the start and the title. The fact that the rest of the story is entirely visual allows for it to be universally understood. It really is one of those cases where less is definitely more. The creators know exactly what they are doing and have realised that they are working in a very visual medium. They are accepting the whole ‘show don’t tell’ ideology that accompanies a lot of art and for this they should be fully commended.
What do you think?
Can a comic book be considered a piece of art?
Read any great comics like The Fox lately?
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Throughout this review I’ve wondered if the term ‘reading’ is appropriate for how you experience this book. Should it be viewing? This is one of the things I find utterly fascinating with books like this. You can argue that you read a piece of art as you are ultimately ‘reading’ into what the artist wants you to find. But at the same time you are viewing it as there is no text.
Be it reading, viewing or both, this is an amazing book and one that I feel everyone should give a chance. It’s different from so many angles and for this, many may feel hesitant at giving it a shot. Nevertheless I urge everyone to do so. This is easily one of the most emotionally charged books I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. Give it a try and see what you think.