Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colors: Bob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Publisher: AfterShock Comics
The first issue of Animosity was one of the best debut issues I have ever read. Everything about issue #1 was amazing, from the writing, the characters, to the art, to the insane moments. I wasn’t alone when it came to loving Animosity, and the fact that the comic is getting a fourth printing proves that. So it’s probably not a surprise that after reading Animosity #1, I could hardly wait to read issue #2.
Well, I FINALLY got my hands on a copy of Animosity #2, and I’m very happy to say Marguerite Bennett’s series where animals suddenly “wake up” and become free thinkers does not suffer from sophomore slump. This issue is as good if not better than the first.
This issue covers a lot of ground and time. We star one week after the events of issue #1, but by the time we reach the end of the issue,a year has gone by. Although I’m not a huge fan of time jumps in comics, Marguerite Bennett managed to pull it off seamlessly. It felt organic and, an important part of the story. And best of all, the time jump never felt forced.
During this issue, we see the struggle that the animals have in sharing the world with humans. The attacks are not as rampant as they were in the previous issue, but the violence still exists and can come from nowhere. Animosity #2 also gives us a bit of a political approach by both the humans and animals as they make an attempt to co-exist.
Just like in issue #1, I couldn’t help but laugh at times. Don’t get me wrong, this issue still has some frightening stuff. But come on, how could I not laugh when Rafael De Latorre draws a moose with two guns balanced in between his antlers by two squirrels or a house cat trying to pedal drugs to humans?
Of course the main focus of Animosity #2 is Jesse and her family, as well as their beloved bloodhound Sandor. Well, beloved to all but Jesse’s dad, Oscar. This gives us some great drama, and even some emotional stuff when Sandor explains how his life is different now that he is more self-aware.
Animosity is only two books in and it has already become one of my favorite books of the year. Marguerite Bennett can tug at your heart-strings like few writers can, and Rafael De Latorre’s art can entertain and frighten you at the same time. The entire creative team is doing stellar work on Animosity, and I can’t wait to see where this series goes from here!