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An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere. Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic—a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere. Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic—a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right to exist. Marlowe launches Beast Wars, a televised interspecies tournament designed to select Earth’s mightiest champion. On a decadent private island, sharks, lions, gorillas, and polar bears square off to the delight of screaming fans oblivious to the sky-high stakes. Enter Bruno Bolo—single father, blues belter, and alligator wrestler from the swamps of Florida. Beset by personal demons, corporatized killer sharks, Yeats-quoting pit fighters, and looming alien eradicators, Bruno will emerge as our desperate planet’s final hope.


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An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere. Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic—a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right An alien race of religious extremists plan to honor their deity through the ritualistic annihilation of our planet. The only man who knows this is Milan Marlowe, an unstoppable media baron who sees opportunity everywhere. Earth’s only move is to engage the invaders according to their holy law and issue The Challenge of the Heretic—a winner-take-all gladiator battle for our right to exist. Marlowe launches Beast Wars, a televised interspecies tournament designed to select Earth’s mightiest champion. On a decadent private island, sharks, lions, gorillas, and polar bears square off to the delight of screaming fans oblivious to the sky-high stakes. Enter Bruno Bolo—single father, blues belter, and alligator wrestler from the swamps of Florida. Beset by personal demons, corporatized killer sharks, Yeats-quoting pit fighters, and looming alien eradicators, Bruno will emerge as our desperate planet’s final hope.

42 review for Nature of the Beast: A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    karen

    I AM READY FOR MY SHARK-OFF PLEASE!!!! in this graphic novel, aliens are planning to destroy earth in order to use it as a sacrifice to their god. earth's only hope is in single, mortal combat with the aliens' champion; an entity reported to be too mighty to be defeated by anything on our planet. but is that true? either way, the planet gets destroyed, so we might as well pick our pony. so what follows is an animal face-off: gator vs. gator gorilla vs. gorilla polar bear, lion, rhino, shark rooooaaaar I AM READY FOR MY SHARK-OFF PLEASE!!!! in this graphic novel, aliens are planning to destroy earth in order to use it as a sacrifice to their god. earth's only hope is in single, mortal combat with the aliens' champion; an entity reported to be too mighty to be defeated by anything on our planet. but is that true? either way, the planet gets destroyed, so we might as well pick our pony. so what follows is an animal face-off: gator vs. gator gorilla vs. gorilla polar bear, lion, rhino, shark rooooaaaarrr!! and after each victor has slain its opponent, it must fight the winner of a different round: gator vs gorilla etc. what's not to love? i used to watch animal face-off on the discovery channel all the time: http://animal.discovery.com/videos/an... and it wasn't a great show, but i loved it; it was the best idea ever for a show. (except maybe... manimal...) and they sure did love that gimble! the way manimal loved that panther. but what if the mightiest beast isn't an animal at all? once aggression-spray is introduced and ...man gets a whiff of it...man might be the most dangerous animal of all... so this book is a great.animal battle royale for the chance to save earth!! is it stupid? sure, yeah, of course! it's all rarrrr he-man aggression with big boobed ladies and hi-larious bloodspray. i couldn't find any cool pictures i could steal for this review, but here is a link to the illustrator's page, so you can see a bunch of images: http://owenbrozman.com/portfolio.htm enjoy!! seriously! i mean, (view spoiler)[he punches his way out from the inside of a shark after being swallowed!!!! (hide spoiler)] that is the most awesome thing ever. come to my blog!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    This is my first go at a graphic novel and I laughed out loud at several points. It was a fun entry point into the genre. Happy I started here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Garrison Kelly

    Single father, alligator wrestler, and all-around tough guy Bruno Bolo enters a tournament pitting himself against the deadliest animals from around the world from sharks to gorillas to polar bears to whatever else can snap a normal man’s spine in half within seconds. He thinks he’s going to earn a million dollars for his victory, but the tournament is really part of a conspiracy to determine who fights the alien invaders who want to bring the apocalypse to earth. Bruno is already a Gary-Stu-esq Single father, alligator wrestler, and all-around tough guy Bruno Bolo enters a tournament pitting himself against the deadliest animals from around the world from sharks to gorillas to polar bears to whatever else can snap a normal man’s spine in half within seconds. He thinks he’s going to earn a million dollars for his victory, but the tournament is really part of a conspiracy to determine who fights the alien invaders who want to bring the apocalypse to earth. Bruno is already a Gary-Stu-esque superman, but after being sprayed with angry hormones, he’s pretty much unstoppable. Just like with any science-fiction, fantasy, or superhero graphic novel, badass violence is a must. Bruno and the wild animals he fights not only bring the violence, they leave blood bombs behind them. If you’re a fan of hardcore action, you’re going to get it with this graphic novel, no question about it. I personally don’t care if Bruno comes off as a Gary-Stu. As a child, I played videogames where Gary-Stu’s were the main characters (Ryu from Street Fighter, the barbarian from Diablo II, Gorge from Unreal Championship, etc.) Yes, I know it’s intended to be a literary slur, but I’m allowed to enjoy a little hardcore violence every now and then. I still enjoy it to this day when I’m watching WWE and Roman Reigns is punching everyone’s lights out. Here’s what I do take issue with: the animal aspect. I have dogs and cats around my home and they’re all as sweet as can be. While it is true that the animals in Nature of the Beast are a lot scarier than my dogs and cats, it doesn’t take away from them being innocent animals. These animals didn’t choose to be fighters in a tournament; they were raised that way by the scientists behind the scenes. Hell, there was even a scene where one of the scientists sprayed the anger hormones in a pit bull’s face. The dog went from being a smiling puppy-dup to a raging lunatic within seconds of being sprayed. Bottom line: forcing “scary” animals to fight each other is no different from forcing dogs and roosters to do the same. At least when it happens in the wild, the animal is protecting something precious of theirs. What do they have to fight for in an arena under the watch of scientists? Fame? Fortune? Sadistic urges? I’ll get off my soapbox now. This book gets mixed reception from me, or for those of you on Good Reads, 3 out of 5 stars. When you make your own conscience decision to buy this graphic novel (and it is your own choice in the end), you have to find a balance within your mind between the badass action and the sympathy for animals. You might like the bloody violence and give this thing a full five stars. You might be the future president of the ASPCA and give this book one star. You might be a fence-rider like me who finds validity in both sides of the spectrum. Or if you want to avoid this debate altogether, buy a copy of Adam Mansbach’s “Go the Fuck to Sleep” instead. I have a niece and that book made me giggle.

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