Enter The Hound

Animosity Volume 1: The Wake. Marguerite Bennett, Rafael De Latorre. Aftershock Comics, 2017. 9781935002895. 120pp Contains Animosity #1 – #4.

One day all of the animals woke up and started talking. They were not happy with us.

Cue an entertaining, multi-page comics montage of animals that have just started speaking including: a cat threatening a man who beats his wife, irritated sloths, a cow in a slaughterhouse trying to talk a man out of killing it, pandas offing each other as they scream “Why did you keep us alive for so long?” and a hound dog, Sandor, confessing his love for Jesse, the little girl that chose him, the unwanted runt of his litter.

It’s kind of like a zombie apocalypse. As pissed off animals start taking out the humans, a few loyal and much loved pets try to keep their humans safe. Sandor calls these the Angry Hungry Days.

Cut to a year later. Jesse’s family is gone. (There’s a lingering mystery as to what happened to them and whether or not Sandor had a hand paw in it.) Sandor is trying to get Jesse from New York to California, to reunite her with her brother. To start that journey he needs to use his hound dog’s nose to do a favor for the Animilitary, who have a fort on the other side of the Hudson River. It is the beginning of an eventful and violent journey across what is left of the U.S.

Thanks to my buddy Ryan for recommending this one to me.

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