Animosity #14 Review: The Tragedy of Watching a Dog Ponder Mortality

Kyle has taken Jesse, and Sandor will do anything necessary to get his child back. Kyle is afraid of Sandor and believes that Jesse is not safe living with the animals in their herd. Kyle gets a significant lead on Sandor though, as the fight at the Old Gold Dam has left a great many of the herd hurt or trapped. Sandor is unwilling to leave them that way, but Zarzamora spotted Kyle getting away and reports this back to Sandor and the herd.

Animosity #14 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo
Animosity #14 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo

Animosity #14 continues the plot of Kyle's grand betrayal, focusing on both his rationalization and Sandor's desperation to find Jesse. It's a heavy issue consequently.

It succeeds in supporting its heavy tone and themes too. A lot of the comic is devoted to Sandor coping with his own mortality, which tugs at the heartstrings. He knows his time with Jesse is limited and that he may not be capable of readying her for the world.

The "Walled City" which Kyle takes Jesse into is an unnerving location not unlike Christopher Eccleston's military base from 28 Days Later. There are significant differences, so don't feel like I spoiled that for you. That said, it is sure to be another notable location with memorable characters for Animosity.

Animosity #14 art by Rafael de la Torre, Rob Schwager, and Dee Cunniffe
Animosity #14 art by Rafael de la Torre, Rob Schwager, and Dee Cunniffe

The quality of Rafael de la Torre's artwork is, by now, well documented in my reviews of Animosity. That said, rest assured that his textured, rough, and at-times even gritty style still serves the book excellently. Rob Schwager and Dee Cunniffe's color art brings even more of a dirty and rustic touch to the visuals, giving the comic its distinct atmosphere.

Animosity #14 is another high point for the series, showing an emotional intelligence accompanied by a compelling plot of each character just trying to do what they think is best for those they care about. This one earns a strong recommendation. Give it a read.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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