Story, Art, and Cover By: Mirka Andolfo
Unnatural is the newest comic published by Image Comics and it features an unorthodox look at the world of sex and freedom. Told from the perspective of Leslie Blair, Unnatural throws the reader into a story of being stuck with her job, and how she struggles under the government’s dictatorship over same-sex marriage.
In this first issue of Mirka Andolfo’s Unnatural, readers are introduced to a feeling common among young women in this day and age– the dreaded urge to get married before the age of 30. The government will find a suitable partner for you once you reach the age of 25 from your own species as well as what will suit the needs of you and said, partner. The catch is that copulating with different species is highly prohibited. Our protagonist, Les, struggles to find a partner that she truly feels for, as well as someone she can trust to aid her with life’s many responsibilities, such as bills or taxes. She continues to see a mysterious unnamed man in her dreams, but can’t decipher his identity or if he’s more than a figment of her imagination.
This comic book may not be for the closed-minded people. The first few pages of this comic book have subtle hints towards social and political issues that we are experiencing today such as same-sex marriage, and feminism. For me though, while I’m reading it, I focused more on the personal aspect of Les’ love life. About not allowing anyone to dictate her heart and that she’s going to find that someone that she loves and spend the rest of her life with that person no matter how long it takes. I, too, reached a point in my life where I made the decision to not let society dictate my decisions. I didn’t need to settle down once I reached the age of 25. Well, I’m 30 now and still legally single.
I have seen a couple of movies or shows that have the same story plot. But then, I liked the interesting art style and a little bit of humor in the dialogue. Those are what made me continue reading and got curious about it. The cliffhanger is predictable though. Plus, there’s a certain scene in this issue where Les is stuck at her job that caught my attention. She can’t leave since she needs to pay her taxes, and being single, the government makes her pay more than what a married woman pays. Her boss makes her wear seductive outfits since it’s what the “client” wants, (she works at a bar). When she raises her feelings about it, her boss makes advances towards her. That made me feel a little bit uncomfortable as I personally don’t like an unhealthy work environment.
With those being said, I’m still willing to give this comic book another chance and will try to read the next issue.