Animosity #15 Review: A Powerful Backstory Issue

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We learn the life story of Kyle and how he came to be the man he is. He was a victim of human trafficking and only saved because the boat carrying he and the other victims wrecked just off shore. He was put into the adoption system, and he was often left behind. He noticed that pets were always adopted though. Kyle isn't his birth name; each time he was adopted and kicked from home to home, he received a different name. Kyle is just the name he kept.

Animosity #15 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo
Animosity #15 cover by Rafael de la Torre and Marcelo Maiolo

After Kyle's shady actions in recent issues of Animosity, it's clever to give him a humanizing issue now. He had a rough life, and it could have made him for more bitter and cruel than he is.

It's quite a heartbreaking story; Kyle was just a boy when he was taken, exploited, and left for dead by abysmal human beings. He was then put into a system that barely cares about him to be offered to people who didn't want him.

None of this justifies what Kyle has done, though there is a part of the mystery involving Sandor that we still don't know. However, it does flesh out Kyle, and it makes him a more compelling character.

The one part that doesn't quite gel is his resentment towards animals for being adopted instead of him. That sounds like a Saturday-morning cartoon villain motivation and isn't necessary to justify what Kyle has done.

Animosity #15 art by Rafael de la Torre, Rob Schwager, and Dee Cunniffe
Animosity #15 art by Rafael de la Torre, Rob Schwager, and Dee Cunniffe

Rafael de la Torre once again dazzles with his detailed and grounded art style which mixes smooth linework with the dirty color palette of Rob Schwager and Dee Cunniffe. De la Torre imbues a lot of pain and sorrow into the face of young Kyle, and he knows how to frame a scene to best get an emotional response.

Animosity #15 delivers another homerun for Marguerite Bennett's post-apocalyptic talking animal series. We dive into the all-too-real and painful history of one of the main characters and see how he became the man he is. This comic easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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About 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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