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Unnatural, Vol. 1: Awakening

(Contronatura #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,591 ratings  ·  273 reviews
Leslie J. Blair is a normal pig girl, she loves sushi and she is trapped in a job that she hates. She lives with Trish, her best friend. In her world, which is full of anthropomorphic creatures, with a totalitarian government that interferes in the personal lives of its citizens, up to the point of allowing only relationships between individuals of the same race. The trans ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Image Comics (first published November 1st 2016)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stumbled upon this randomly while looking up new graphic novels on Hoopla and WOW I LIKED THIS A LOT. Cannot wait to carry on and read the next volume tonight!
I honestly didn't know what I was getting into with Unnatural but I've seen the cover around and was kind of curious. I just never wanted to use one of my loans on it. However, since it was offered up as a free Hoopla bonus borrow this month, I pulled the trigger.


Admittedly, I didn't really read the blurb.
Apparently, it's a romancy-erotica comic that mirrors racial and/or LGBTQ issues. The animal people who live in this world are required by law to mate with the opposite sex & same species. The
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Vol. 1 ★★★★★
Vol. 2 ★★★★★

Wow, this graphic novel is so gorgeous! I love this pastel goth vibe and Leslie's such a sweet, likable protagonist. I was a little confused early on as to who I was supposed to be rooting for as far as the other characters go, and there were some little twists I definitely didn't see coming. The plot is a little bit terrifying, as it kind of reminds you of some sort of twisted dystopia, only with anthro animals instead of regular humans. I was really just fascinated by t
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
This is an adult version of Zootopia with Orwellian overtones. Leslie is a pig girl having erotic dreams with a wolf she's never met. She's turning 25 at which point the authoritarian government forces you to marry or pay heavy fines. Interspecies and same-sex marriage are outlawed. There's this whole conspiracy / past lives thing introduced in latter issues that felt out of place, like Andolfo couldn't decide what she wanted the book to be about. This book was translated from Italian so the dia ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unnatural echoes sentiments of Black Mirror with elements of real-world totalitarian plausibility exemplified through birth and mating control, as well as overtaxing those few who dare to be different, stretching the populace into poverty.

While this all consuming and thought provoking story draws comparison to current day events and spotlights the strength of diversity, it's a fun and wholly entertaining light erotica with fantastical elements which steadily build each chapter into an epic cres
L. McCoy
Unnatural V1

Warning: This review contains a lot of sexual discussion due to the nature of this comic (which is very NSFW). If sexual content makes you uncomfortable, you probably shouldn’t read this book or my review for it.

What’s it about?
Leslie is a pig-girl who keeps having erotic dreams about a wolf. The thing is that isn’t good as sexual relationships with animals of a different species are illegal in this book’s world of anthropomorphic creatures, so is homosexuality. So now with her frien
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
My review was first posted on Northern Plunder, you can read more of my reviews there too.

Why did I pick up Unnatural? CUTE GOTH PIG GIRL.

I didn’t even read the synopsis but I ended up being surprised by the route this graphic novel took and I really enjoyed it.

Surprised because the opening pages were uh, a nsfw sex scene! Which actually turned out to be Leslie – main characters – reocurring fantasy dream.

Wait, please don’t cut away because you’re like Lauren please? Stop with the NSFW graphic n
James DeSantis
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This gorgeous book with interesting world building and a decent story. This was a nice surprise!

It's basically about our main character, Leslie, trying to find love. Well, more in the mood for a werewolf to fuck her hard. Yes. That is the main plot point at the start. See in this world everyone is an animal. Leslie is a pig girl and she is a horny one. Every night she has dreams of a werewolf fucking her brains out. Every day she wakes up disappointed. However, In this world animals are not all
Not really sure about the plot and where it's going. The art is fantastic though.
Ed Erwin
Update: finished all 3 volumes. It stays pretty good but remains totally un-subtle. It wasn't until volume 3 that I noticed the intentional references to both Animal Farm and 1984. (The pigs, lead by Napoleon, think they are "more equal" than other animals. The sympathetic rule-breaker is named Winston.)


Read with a book club. In the story, the "people" are all partly animals, like pigs, mice, wolves, etc. The government penalizes any sexual relationships between different species, or between
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Women Write About Comics:

I’ve just discovered that the Hoopla library app has a whole bunch of fairly recent comics on it, including some on my book club reading list. In perusing what they had to offer, I stumbled on Unnatural Volume 1: Awakening, which was featured on the app. I absolutely borrowed it based on the cover alone — checking that category off of my WWAC Reading Challenge — because Mirka Andolfo’s art is a gorgeous, seductive array of colour and imagery.

The bo
How has it taken me over a month to review this title?!
Seriously, I loved it. I read both volumes in one sitting and have checked maybe 2 or 3 times on when the third one will potentially be released in English. I. Need. More.
I went into this one thinking it would be insta-love between an aggressive werewolf and a more submissive pig -- I WAS WRONG.

Wow, this isn't just a romance, in fact there is barely any romance or sexy times outside her dreams. Although, that being said, the sex dreams ca
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ok look hear me out

the set-up isn't exactly original -- the message is good, but it's one we've all heard before, and it's wrapped up in Black Mirror vibes, but know, furries

but hey, the closer towards the end of the first volume i got, the crazier the story got, plus, the artwork's 11/10

also i'm a sucker for all the horny pig-girl covers they've been doing for the individual issues, so what wanna fight about it
Devon Munn
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5. Stars

Mirka Andolfo has definitely crafted quite the interesting story here. The intrigue builds up until the last issue in this volume and the end reveals a situation that will be very interesting to unravel. Very much looking forward to the rest of this series
Jessica {Litnoob}
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a shocker of a start and one I really enjoyed. I’m a huge fan of taking moral questions about humanity and giving them a different face because it makes it both easier and harder to cope with and that’s a compelling story. I will 500% be continuing on to the next volume.
Myk Pilgrim
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beautiful lush art that's wonderfully sexy.
The dialogue comes through a little clunky, but I think that may have been more down to the translation than anything else.
I will be picking up the next volume asap :)
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Interesting story and really nice art.
Curious to see how the story continues to unfold.
These comics are not what I expected them to be, and are going in a direction I did not at all see coming, but I like them quite a bit. They're heavy-handed, yes, but much more complex than the smutty covers imply. And the style is A+
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really, really good graphic novel. It does have erotic features, but honestly, with the staunch portrayal and emphasis on mating with the same species/ "reproductive program" it felt appropriate. I really like the tie-in with "fairytales" to real life
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3 and half stars*
C.E. Clayton
The art work in this is seriously gorgeous. I love Leslie and how beautifully thick she is! While this is erotic, it really isn't outside of some female nudity, you see more graphic sex in things like Saga, honestly, so if you can handle that, you can handle this. And while I loved the premise and how closely it aligns with current issues our world faces on love being love no matter who it's between, I did find the story lacking at times. Things tended to jump and move too quickly so when certai ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Odd yet interesting. I think there's a lot of potential, though I have to admit I still a bit mystified at the end of this first volume. Leslie is a cute pig-girl who has erotic dreams about a wolf lover who she may have known in another life or something. She lives in a society that outlaws interspecies romances and where, once one hits the age of twenty-five, they must either find a same species mate or be subjected to punitive taxes. The artwork throughout is great--Andolfo does everything, w ...more
Alex Lawless
This was buckwild. The art is absolutely gorgeous and the story kept getting more and more insane in the best ways possible. It's about a (anthropomorphized) pig that lives in a world where only "real love" counts: meaning only same-species, opposite-sex, procreative relationships. It's dystopian in the way that The Handmaid's Tale is: not that far of from feeling like the truth. I'm very much looking forward to the next volume.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4

Total review score: 3
Angel Hench
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this beautiful, weird and brilliant graphic novel so much! It's set in a world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. In this world, it is illegal to have a relationship with any other species or with the same sex. Now that I am at the end of the first volume, I have discovered there is also a conspiracy/mystery going on as well. Highly, highly recommend this series!

Jenn Lopez
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I totally agree with the Black Mirror vibes people are talking about. The story is so strange, and interesting. The art is stunningly beautiful! The message is timely. Definitely FMA (duh - just sayin') I'm still not sure where they are going with this one...
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a weird one!

It was ok and the art was amazing. The characters were good but it didn’t really go anywhere.
The story didn’t make a ton of sense until the end and then it just ended and nothing got answered so I guess if I really want to know what happens I have to buy volume 2

But if the same thing happens again I’d be disappointed
Anna Heidick
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Don't judge a story by it's cover or intro issue. There's something there that lurks beneath the surface. This first volume poses many questions.. I wonder if the next one answers them? I hope so.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
Likable characters and a compelling storyline. The art gets a little too close to erotica for me, but other than those instances it's pretty adorable. I already have volume 2 out from the library.
Danny Garcia
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Great art, but the message is laid on thick. The script (or maybe translation?) is inconsistent in quality - cringeworthy at times. But the last two issues ramp up the action and it's fun. Might continue reading.
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