Animosity #1 (AfterShock)


Rating: 3.5/5 – An Intriguing Concept, Where Will Bennett Go With It?
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

I liked the idea of this debut issue, but if there was ever a comic that cried out for having an “extra length debut” it is this one.  The comic was 19 pages of story/art with one text page briefly explaining the premise.  But I had already read 6 of these 19 pages as “preview pages” in Captain Kid #1 just the other day, so I really only got 13 new pages here.  That made this feel really short.  Too short.  Great image on the cover with Jesse and her dog Sandor.  But we don’t make it to the point in the story with this compelling cover image in this issue.

The high concept is that one day all animals, fish, insects become sentient.  They gain the power of higher level thought and also the ability to speak (apparently they also spontaneously generate the vocal cords necessary to accomplish this).  And they’re pissed off.  For too long have humans mistreated them and they’re out for revenge.  So we’ve got a “on the road to a post-apocalyptic world” tale starting on Day 1 of the apocalypse that could spell the end of humankind.  But that’s about it.  This issue is almost purely the very beginning stages of the set-up for our story with a couple of scenes that blatantly defy what is physically possible in order to demonstrate the love Sandor has for his human, Jesse.  Leave it up to the dogs to have our back… man’s best friend and all.

Marguerite Bennett has come up with a cool concept.  The proof, for me will be in the development of this concept, which I’m unable to judge based on the small amount of story revealed in this issue.  The story could go in lots of directions from this setup, both innovative and rehashed.  Issue #1 grabbed me enough to get me to come back for a second helping.  Issues #2 & 3 will need to give me a reason to stick around for the long haul.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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