Zenescope Entertainment 2015
Written by Mark L. Miller
Illustrated by Michele Bandini & Luca Claretti
Coloured by Grostieta
Previously in Jungle Book...
With Mowglii captive to pirates, Akili attempts to unite the tribes. But the Shere and Payari are too absorbed in their fight and may just drag the rest of the jungle back into conflict. It is clear they need Mowglii to lead their cause, but her rescue comes at a deadly price when Bomani is killed. Can Mowglii finally unite the tribes against this new threat?
I’ll still go on record as saying this is one of the best adaptations of a classic story. So what if Mowglii was turned from a boy into a girl it doesn’t detract in the slightest for the enjoyment of the story. As Mowglii and company race towards Kipling’s edge they see the chaos happening on land. With the narration along with the action at hand the story kind of takes on a new meaning as Mowglii wonders once again what started all the fighting the tribes to begin with?
With the Seeonee having hidden themselves, regrown their numbers and trained to fight they’ve come back with a vengeance that no one, Bagheera included can seem sate. That is until Mowglii comes ashore and makes her speech. Wow ya know for cub like her to be so well revered by all the tribes is something special and her speech was riveting, such a vocabulary on one without schooling. She was right about one thing though and the Sloths knew it too they tribes have to band together to fight man not Kipling Island they must defend their home from their incursion, work together and save the home they all love.
The fight is serious don’t get me wrong and many animals lose their lives in this fight but that they fight together is amazing to see. Also there’s still some humor here most noticeably with the monkey tribe and his recognition of a cannonball you can’t fight nature and while they can be ferocious they can also be funny and the depiction of both within this story has been handled delightfully.
With the fight against man over there is one more hurdle to overcome and it’s quite possibly the most heart wrenching thing ever.
This was one of those stories that you come across so rarely and it leaves a huge impact on you. It also showcases the fact that Zenescope is taking it’s rightful place in the industry as a place where you can go and find those types of stories. Powerful, gripping and full of heart with interior artwork that is not only beautiful but just as powerful as the words and that help tell the story in ways that enhance the reading experience.
This doesn’t have to be the end of the Jungle Book stories there’s room for more but more importantly it makes me wonder and look forward to what else they have in store for us.