About the Book

Nature of the Beast

Nature of the Beast

A Graphic Novel
March 2012
Trade Paperback · 240 Pages
$23.95 U.S. · £15.99 U.K. · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781593762452
Soft Skull Press



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.

About the Authors

Adam Mansbach's most recent book, Go the Fuck to Sleep, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Published in thirty-six languages, it is forthcoming as a feature film from Fox 2000. His novels include The End of the Jews, winner of the California Book Award, and the cult classic Angry Black White Boy, which is taught at more than a hundred universities. His work has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, GQ, Esquire, The Believer, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

Douglas Mcgowan is a filmmaker, record producer, and lifelong comic book fan.

Owen Brozman lives in Brooklyn. This is his first graphic novel.