MINOR SPOILERS BELOW
This is one of my favorite series in the entire medium right now, and Animosity #6 continues what I love about it, even if it wasn’t my favorite issue, it was still good. We continue to follow Jesse, and her hound, Sandor (yes named after The Hound from Game of Thrones) as they travel across the United States, which humanity is no longer in control of. Instead, the country, and seemingly the world is run by animals, but not all of them get along, and most of them do not like humans. The animals fall somewhere between the existing survival tactics they know and the way human beings govern. It is awesome to see the duality and is the strength of the series. I love seeing a charismatic pack leader sound like a politician, similar to what we’ve seen in classics like George Orwell’s Animal Farm or a deer that throws grenades with their antlers. The animals are still figuring things out, and they still need some help from humans (mostly their opposable thumbs) that many of them keep as slaves.
Sandor has vowed to protect Jesse and has proved countlessly that he will do anything to keep her safe, even die. He is the definition of a girl’s best friend, and the relationship he and Jesse share is really sweet. Now with a group of other animals that she and Sandor trust (as much as he can after what they witnessed), they find themselves in some real danger again when what they describe as a “dragon” takes one of the goat’s brothers. The reveal of what the “dragon” actually is was interesting and made sense if they never saw this animal. These are animals, and although they are now speaking and doing more things like humans do or did, it isn’t like they are browsing the internet or using smartphones daily to search information like that.
Marguerite Bennett has a very original style of writing, and that is a good thing. She stands out among her other books, but to me this one is my favorite of hers that she writes. Animosity always has some great and funny lines that the animals say, and I feel like each issue has a laugh out loud moment of a witty or obscene line from one of them. There was one of those in this issue with Sandor saying something an old angry Texas lawman might say. I really love seeing what dialogue will come out of their mouths each issue. From a plot point, time will tell about the overall story and where it ends up in the end, but for now, I love where this story has taken us in just six issues.
The art by Rafael De Latorre is great. The “dragon” was bright red, and beautiful while also remaining menacing. I am always amazed at how much life he gives the characters, from Jesse to Sandor the hound, Bethesda the Buffalo, and so on. Even when we see a random animal that may only be in an issue, they have a personality, and it’s great. The art goes hand in hand with the personality of the book by capturing facial expressions and marries Bennett’s words perfectly. De Latorre also does a great job depicting some pretty violent or dark scenes. There are countless times that I amazed by where this book goes, and the art does a good job at showing horrors, while not going too far.
This is still one of my favorite comics, and Bennett and De Latorre are working together in perfect sync. It feels a little like Bambi meets a war movie. You can feel for not only these cute characters and the PTSD they are getting from the horrors they see. This is true for the good humans as well. Not all of the humans are bad, but some of the pets hold prejudices that echo what we see in our own society with racism, sexism, cultural differences and judgment. I cannot wait to see where the story leads us, and am always fearful that Sandor will pass or be killed. The relationship between a girl and her dog is so special, and the creators do a great job of making it believable. Just think of the things your pets would say if they could talk. Now laugh at some of the ridiculousness things they would say. I imagine my lab-retriever just going “Dude! Dude! Dude! Do you wanna play? Omg! Lol!y Dude!”. This comic is a lot of fun, while still keeping the tone serious enough for you to feel dread, and like something horrible is always looming on the horizon. Don’t worry though, Sandor is there to protect us.
Story: Marguerite Bennett Art: Rafael De Latorre
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
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