This thread is a discussion thread dedicated to the discussion of Zenescope's Jungle Book series. Come here if you would like to talk about the series. What you think about it? What you liked and what you didn't like? It's all a full round and open discussion. So have fun viners.
Jungle Book Discussion Thread
@razzatazz: Even with the implied beastiality undertones between Akili and Tobaqui, I have to admit from the perspective of the characters and how they have lived their lives up to this point in the series. It does make sense that perhaps one of them might have feelings for one of their animal friends. It would make sense for Akili in a way because she seems to be more integrated with her tribe than the rest of them.
@razzatazz: Over all for tribe Tavi, I would definitely say her emotional involvement is maternal in nature. I would go as far to say she is that way for all things she considers to be "small". Like with the young elephant whose name I can't seem to recall right now, and at sometimes even with Mowgli. It would seem though with Tobaqui that emotional attachment goes beyond maternal. How far beyond though could be different between both Akili and Tobaqui. With Tobaqui I would say goes probably a little farther than it should as it was sort of implied in the dialogue exchange between Mowgli and Tobaqui. With Akili it seems more like the emotional attachment she shares with the Jackal is closer to that of a beloved sibling or childhood friend.
@razzatazz: It will be interesting, and it's sort of sad to see how Bomani is being treated in the face of all this. He turned from the kid who tried to protect the others when they first appeared on the island, to a mockery of Shere Tribe, and now he's a cocaine addict. What I found interesting is when they were in the cave and before they ran back into Shere Khan they ran into a set of several eyes. I'm willing to bet that's the Bada Dar (Bear tribe), because it would make sense considering the backup story they did with Baloo, and the whole "Last of the Species" approach.
@razzatazz: I had a feeling since the end of the last book that they wouldn't kill off Shere Kahn right away. It was pretty vague about how it was done. What did you think of they tiger's hit list? Remember the rock they had with drawings of various different animals on it, and ones they had killed were scratched off? I found it odd that there had been Lion's on the island at one point in time.
@delphic: Yes its magic, but I am trying to see if it fits into the GFT universe at all, though it would work fine as a standalone.
Like most GFT properties they seem to put more effort into the female characters I think. The male characters are less filled out.
@razzatazz: I have a feeling that they had no intention of really fitting this into the GFT universe, because as you said it seems more like a standalone. I would imagine though that Zenescope would find some way to integrate it. The question is how exactly? What are the likes of Mowgli and Akili going to do against someone like Belinda or any of the Wonderland cast?
@razzatazz: I get that from how it first starts off, with Baloo and his approach to Mowgli about how she doesn't ever want to know what it's truly like to be the last of one's kind. It approaches Bomani from the aspect that despite being leader of the Shere, he is still alienated. Monkey-boy, is obviously attracted to Mowgli, but is so far mentally gone that he doesn't really understand what his feelings are. Akili, who is the least lonely of the group, is very much attached to tribe Tavi, and her desperation in finding both Mowgli and Tobaqui is a struggle against the possibility of loneliness. There are other examples, but for me it seems like every character is exhibiting the aspect of the struggle against being alone.
@razzatazz: Well looking for the positive in things is a gift I think. On the other hand, being a person who particularly enjoys tragic elements and seeing how it motivates characters into action, perhaps that is why I picked up on the "Loneliness" factor? I'm curious how you picked up what you did?
@razzatazz: I finally got around to reading this one, and I have to say with this one I wasn't as impressed. Normally I don't pay a whole lot of attention to art, but the art in the latest issue was pretty horrendous. It's redeeming factor though, was the horror element, but over all it really felt like a filler and didn't advance the plot in any way in my opinion.
@razzatazz: I already felt like the series was very solid. It is by no means a perfect series, but it stood on it's own as a shining example against the stereotypes that are normally placed on Zenescope books. My biggest problem with this issue was the art, because it looked very sloppy, plus I didn't like all the cliffhangers. This issue made this series feel like what should have been a four issue series is being forcefully stretched out to five. Plus I had predicted that the other inhabitants of the cave had been the Bada Dar, and I guess since I predicted it, that I wasn't as impressed with the literary direction that was taken. The final issue should be coming up soon though; possibly within the next couple of weeks.
What did you like so much about this issue?
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