Unnatural #1 Review - The Book That Made Me a Furry...
Updated: Nov 12, 2019
Writer / Artist / Cover: Mirka Andolfo
Well I'm a couple months late to this series but better late than never I suppose.
Unnatural follows Leslie, Leslie is an anthropomorphic pig girl. All of the characters in Unnatural are anthropomorphic. This series is a godsend if you're a furry but is also a great read even if you picked it up randomly.
Leslie lives in a totalitarian society that limits personal freedoms in regards to sex and relationships. She also has erotic dreams of being with a musclebound wolf man. This behavior is frowned upon and also illegal. She lives with her roommate, Trish. Leslie also has a crap job in which she gets sexually harassed by her boss. In addition to being stalked by a mysterious figure that has yet to be revealed. I'm betting it's the guy from her dreams.
Her friend Derek, is in a same-sex,interspecies relationship.
Derek's partner also happens to be a pig. After discussing their situations he makes the suggestion that Leslie and his boyfriend get "married" to get a tax break and also to satisfy the mandatory reproductive laws set by the government.
Leslie turns Derek down but later mulls the idea over. What she really wants to do is to live out her fantasy and make her own decisions about her life and be with whoever she wants. The comic closes with Leslie and Trish celebrating her 25th birthday. While eating, she gets a notification from the Reproductive program that they have found her a suitable partner. Her relationship decision has been taken out of her hands.
Unnatural is Written and Illustrated by Mirka Andolfo. The story is interesting and plays on the themes of oppression and freedom of choice in a restrictive society. It will be interesting to see if Leslie goes along with the system or stands up to it. The setting isn't mindblowingly original but the premise makes up for it. Imagine an adult take on Zootopia and you get Unnatural.
The art is simply gorgeous, sexy and striking. Every page is imaginative and you're never looking at an uninteresting panel. Being somewhat of a furry myself this series is right up my alley, I'm not sure if I should be ashamed to say that or not...
The story isn't very complicated but the themes are culturally relevant. You definitely won't be bored with this comic, it's worth the cover price for the art alone and you get an interesting read as well. I've added it to my pull list and I'm excited to see where the story goes.