REVIEW: Animosity: The Rise #3


The City by the Sea is under Animal control. Led by a mysterious beast, and under laws and dangers never known before, the city is on the brink of crisis-and one man stands between totalitarian order or ravenous chaos. What choice is there?

The exciting third chapter of this ANIMOSITY trilogy comes to a conclusion here, paving the way to AfterShock’s new ongoing ANIMOSITY series, debuting next month! Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, Bombshells and Batwoman) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER).


It’s been a week since the animals all over the world began to think and talk. Humanity has become the prey. Adam North is just one prisoner who is being held hostage. He has received a note from the human resistance to join them in the fight to take back the Earth. Will he join or stay loyal to his captives?

Bennett has taken Orson Wells idea of “Animal Farm” and turned the volume up to 11. While this was my first foray into Animosity, the concept isn’t new. What is exciting about this series is the approach that Bennett has taken in the way that the animals have banded together to mimic our society. All the regular human traits of greed, lust, murder, and distrust are all present.

Adam is a pawn in a game that he can’t control. He really doesn’t know who to trust. While he yearns for his freedom, he still has a place of respect amongst the animals; thanks to the fact that he saves a sea-lion named Sunny. It’s this indecision that leaves the question of where Adam’s loyalties lie until the very end of the issue. The final page may surprise you.

Juan Doe, brings a child-like innocents to the visuals that enhances the crazed violence. For example it’s hard to register two birds holding knives in their beaks, slashing the throats of two grown men; but this bloody act is only amped up by Doe’s simplistic style.

While the concept of wildlife taking on human traits isn’t new, the execution of this series is. Animosity is quickly picking up the mantle that series like Fables and Y: The Last Man left off. This is a very intelligent and unique look at an age-old idea and worth a read.

Final Score: 4 out of 5 knife wielding birds

Animosity: The Rise #3
Story: Marguerite Bennett
Art: Juan Doe
Color: Juan Doe
Letters: John J. Hill

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