Thursday, September 22, 2016

Animosity #1 Review

"Animosity" #1 from AfterShock -

    One day, the world was spinning just as it always was. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, the flowers were in full bloom...And then sh-t got REAL. The animals were our pets, our food, our inferiors, things for us to care for or to kill. And then, one day, they woke up. Their intellects bloomed in seconds, giving them the power to speak, to reason, to hate, and to take vengeance on the humans who had for so long oppressed them - bloody vengeance with claws that slash, teeth that bite, and minds that can both hunt and reason. But not all of the animals hate us. There are some that will lay down their lives to protect us, loyal and faithful until the end. Even with the help of friendly animals, mankind is greatly outnumbered and outclassed. The animals are mad as hell and they aren't going to take it anymore - the revolution has begun. Hello humans, welcome to the bottom of the food-chain. 

   In the same vein as James Patterson's "Zoo," recently turned into a TV show, and movies like "Day of the Animals" and "Long Weekend" comes a gripping new series from writer/creator, Marguerite Bennett, and artist, Rafael De Latorre. "Animosity" is a pretty wild ride from the second page, starting with a hilarious rat attack, that sets the stage for some animal awakenings inside the book that border on the absurd, kicking off a great tone for the series that is equal parts irreverent, violent, and darkly humorous. Where Bennett does her best work is with a dog named Sandor and his best friend, a little girl named Jesse. I felt the tender bond that they share from their first appearances on the page, and it was no surprise that Sandor would give everything he has to protect Jesse, the girl  he loves more than anything in the world. Sandor quickly emerges as the hero of the story, and boy! Sandor is my kind of dog - super-loyal, super-courageous, and smart as a whip! "Animosity" is a little bit of "A Boy and His Dog" and a bit of "Zoo," and it's got lots of heart, action and a whopping dose of black humor, all of which makes for an excellent read that took me from being on the edge of my seat, to bursting out laughing, to experiencing the tender, touching moments that gave me ALL of the feels. Rafael Da Latorre lays down simple, but elegant, pencils in big panels that give "Animosity" a bold, cinematic feel. I REALLY dig this book - I was not expecting that.

RATING: 10 out of 10. I wouldn't be surprised if "Animosity" found its way to the big or small screen. I'd surely love to see it in either place.

CAVEAT: From the looks of this book, it would appear to be safe for children. I would not say so. I would rate it for teenagers at the very least.

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  1. I missed out on "Animosity", Ah! well another TPB Lol. Nice review Tex.