The wild animals of Loïc Godart
#BD I really like this type of initiation story, from a key moment in the transition to adulthood. A genre in its own right in literature, but ultimately not very common in comics, with the exception of a few comic book authors who have made it their specialty. There is a gloomy teen movie side: to support this dimension of change, the author staged his story in a dystopic future where wild animals are running the streets. Where the danger is permanent even in the residential suburbs where the story takes place.
We are far from the zombie story that usually occupies this setting and this threat becomes poetic in its graphic treatment. Rather, it is a metaphor for the overflowing emotions and sensations that teen heroes experience. Just as death is at the centre of the story, through these fantastic dangers, but above all through the trivialized violence of teenagers among themselves. Misunderstanding, rivalry and silly challenges that lead to tragic situations in a world where everything is becoming more and more violent. Wild animals may not only be wolves, monkeys and elephants..
Loïc Godart’s line and colours give a dreamlike atmosphere to the story, his vivid drawing captures movement with this dose of controlled imprecision, of approximation that gives way to the necessary ambiguity. The whole book is full of symbols, signs, from animals to buildings, or the obsession of these wall paintings that can be found on almost every page. We have Stranger Things ambiences: we perceive a lot of influences from US movies and series. A well rendered and visually successful melting pot of numerous references that run through the work of this author who always signs very pictorial albums.
In the end, we know neither the causes nor the purpose of this upheaval, the important thing is not in the why: I have seen a lot of negative criticism that started mainly from the fact that the author does not explain, no matter what. The pleasure of the book lies in its atmosphere and this successful capture of the moment. In this tiny moment when everything is changing and can change even more. A contemporary tale in a crumbling world, a teenage love story that replays the same score in a chaotic setting that reflects today’s society and challenges the romantic vision of early idylls.
The wild beasts of Loïc Godart, Ankama
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