Possible spoilers ahead!
I’ll admit it, I picked up Animosity #1 out of curiosity more than anything else. I wanted to know what this little girl on the cover was doing with her dog. So basically it was the cover that sold me on giving this book a shot.
It also helped that Animosity #1 is from Aftershock comics, the same company that publishes the highly underrated Rough Riders. But I’ll tell you about that book another day.
Animosity #1 is written and created by Marguerite Bennett, with art by Rafael de Latorre. I really didn’t know what to expect from this book, like I said, it was the cover that got me hooked. But boy oh boy, Animosity blew away any and all expectations! Animosity #1 is the most twisted comic I’ve read, and I loved every minute of it.
The book started innocently enough on the first page, but by page two all hell broke loose and my jaw was on floor. It’s rare for a comic to surprise me, but I honestly had no idea what was going on. I’m not going to spoil anything, because if after reading comics for almost 30 years it took me by surprise, it will probably shock you too.
I will tell you however that the main idea of Animosity is that an event called The Wake has occurred, and it has given all animals the ability to think and talk. Sounds fun right? weeeelll, unfortunately, many of the animals don’t have friendly thoughts towards humans, and you can imagine what happens next.
Some of the moments of insanity that stood out for me included: a cow begging for her life, a cat warning the man of the house not to beat his wife or he’ll eat his eyes, a group of pandas shooting each other with shotguns, and a sweet dog named Sandor proclaiming his love for his owner, a young girl named Jesse, and yes they are the ones on the cover. And by the way, all that stuff I just mentioned happened in about a page or two, there’s ton more stuff I didn’t talk about.
As is said earlier, this is the most twisted comic I have ever read, but it worked for a number of reasons. One, Marguerite Bennett’s writing is amazing . Animosity might be her best work yet. Two, the art by Rafael De Latorre is beautiful and fits perfectly with the story Bennett is trying to tell. And three, Animosity is just one hell of a ride!
With an odd mix of violence, heart, humor, and horror, I found this comic to be one of the best comics of the year, and there is no doubt that I will be picking up the second issue. In fact, I already added it to my pull list.