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‘Animosity: Evolution Vol. 1: Lex Animata’ (review)

Written by Marguerite Bennett
Illustrated by Eric Gapstur
Published by AfterShock Comics


This series has been an unprecedented hit for AfterShock Comics.

It’s easy to see why. It has an easy concept with a world of possibilities. And they have been pumping out the books as quickly as possible.

In this world, the animals have woken up. They can think and talk. And now they want the world to be theirs!

So humanity must fight back but they are sorely outnumbered. This is like Planet of the Apes, but now all of the animals are involved instead of just the apes.

In this book, Adam and Wintermute are trying to broker a peace between the animals and the humans.

It’s not going well.

Throughout the first part of this book, there is a sense of an uprising coming. Bennett keeps thing on a slow boil to begin with and the tension she creates, especially in the first chapter, is great.
It does get a bit wordy for my tastes. I think Bennett could cut half the dialogue and it would be more effective.

The characters are great. Wintermute, who is a hybrid of many different dog species is wonderfully developed as is Adam. The way they talk about their respective philosophies and find a common ground is great.

The theme is this book is about actions. What actions are terrible? What are done for the greater good?

This book deepens the conflict between man and animal. But are they really that different at all?

The best part of this book are the different communities Wintermute and Adam meet. They are so well developed and thought out. The art by Gapstur is good too for this as it is full of little details and is well planned.

There was a bit of a lack in the action department. It slowed the read down a bit for me. It’s a small complaint but the story could do with a little more excitement.

Overall though, it’s a decent book for sure.



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