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Graphic Spotlight: Animosity Vol. 1 – The Wake

A fun new take on the end of the world. Pets welcome!

Marguerite Bennett┬áis stacking up quite the bibliography and buzz. With all the hubbub around her new Batwoman solo series, it’d be easy but unforgivable to forget the first collection of her series at Aftershock Comics: Animosity.

Bennett and artist Rafael de Latorre (Superzero) craft a really fun apocalyptic concept. We human beings should all be terrified if the animals of the world we’ve constructed gain the capacity to reason and communicate as we do. We cage them. We domesticate them. We experiment on them. What happens when the rats decide to break down the walls? What are consequences when your pet iguana can tell you what he really thinks of the things you do behind closed doors? How will you get to work if the birds decide to start making kamikaze dives through your car windshields? Get ready to find out!

The animals can talk, think, and they’ve decided to begin taking their revenge. How? That’s an answer you’ll have to search for in the book. One thing’s certain, they’re bringing chaos and the creators are self-aware of the possibilities of this concept. There’s definitely some fun to be found with the newfound form of consciousness and reasoning that the animals gain. And then the story finds its focus on Jesse, an eleven year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who proves that dogs may be mankind’s best friend. Sandor is devoted to Jesse and swears to protect her even as many of his species are drooling at the prospect of bloodying their jowls with their owners. One year after this awakening, Jesse and Sandor begin one of the craziest road trips since Preacher and Y: The Last Man to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco and who could be the last bastion of safety for the duo.

Collecting the first four issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue Animosity: The Rise. Read the book that, as the solicits from the publisher say, “EVERYONE is talking about.”

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