Animosity Vol. 3 – The Swarm | Review


Published on Feb 12, 2019


After having proposed the first volume of the spin-off Evolution – HERE is our review – saldaPress offers us the third volume of that which to date remains the flagship series of the catalogue, strong and just as diverse, excellent and the Aftershock Comics or Animosity.

With the first volume – our review HERE – we dive into Animosity, a story from the tone of the post-apocalyptic definitely different from those to which we were accustomed in the last few years: one day, for no apparent reason, the animals will “wake up”. Take that is, consciousness of self, begin to think and especially to speak. The coexistence between human beings and animals will then become anything but peaceful with the lunatic fringe extremist of the latter that they will begin their revenge on the humans disintegrating social conventions, habits, and food chain... the world descends into chaos, and the conflict then becomes inevitable.

In this apocalyptic scenario, you move Jesse, a young girl of 11 years by the kind-hearted, and his dog, Sandor, a hound who has always been concerned to protect her, the two travel to California in search of Adam, the half-brother of Jesse, the only relative left to the little girl who lost her parents. During this crossing, which started from the state of New York, Jesse had picked up other friends, both animal and human, fleeing first from the fortress of the dangerous animilitari and arriving to Maryland – as seen in the second volume of which you can find the review HERE – where the heterogeneous group was forced to stop because Jesse is not good: has had her first cycle. Will be the cat, the Pallas and the bison Bethesda to take care of her while Sandor and the human Kyle had gone in search of supplies and medicines in the area around.

The camp had been attacked and to make the charges had been Arandano, the brother of the quarrelsome goat Zarzamora, then Chirrut and finally, the same Jesse. Sandor and the other, of course you were immediately put on the trail of the girl discovering that the “dragon” who had kidnapped her had gathered beneath them animals and desperate men, and above all, hungry.

To overcome this small, but almost fatal misadventure, the group had reached the border with Virginia enjoying a bit of tranquility in an oasis at the Falls of the Hourglass where the animals had continued to wonder, once again, on the causes of the awakening and will happen to them after death. The speeches had, however, troubled Jesse, who had decided to confess to Sandor to know who is going to die.

In the third volume, entitled The Swarm, Jesse, Sandor, Kyle, Beth, Pallas and Zarzamora, arrived in West Virginia, encounter a dam turned into a giant hive attacked by a group of humans. Jesse, of course you throw in the help of the apis that the demand to free their queen kidnapped. With Beth and Pallas in the hands of the hive, the little girl puts on the traces of the human falling, literally, in their hands, and discovering a huge town with running water, food, and all the amenities.

With the promise made to the api in mind, Jesse, however, begins to doubt the goodness of the settlement, while clashing with the point of view of Kyle. The girl, in fact, immediately catches the eye is the total absence of women... when a first attempt to free the bees – imprisoned and imprisoned, not only to produce honey but to allow the crops to thrive – fails, the situation will accelerate with the intervention of Sandor and the other which will lead to a dramatic battle right to the dam.

Once again Sandor and Jesse will be forced to part ways with this latest “taken” over by Kyle dazzled by a mysterious Fortress City, a place mentioned by the inhabitants of the municipality.

With the third volume Marguerite Bennet abandons for a moment the tone and intimacy of the first two volumes focusing more on post-apocalyptic and “geographic” in its history. The new adventure of Jesse is, in fact, the mere pretext for the planting of some of the narrative elements that surely will be carried out and exploited already by the next volume, the two on all of the past and the role of Kyle, and, above all, the mysterious City-Fortress. Less incisive than usual, however, is the digression to the past of the family of the girl who would like to reconnect, once again, with Sandor, whose characterization has lost a bit of interest: initially worked great, the air from the “hard and mysterious” with the passing of the episodes, however, everything has lost centrality in the narrative.

The writer snatches and then a page to the great sagas of the same kind – the echoes of The Walking Dead brood on more than one occasion, especially in the first part of the book – and, as I said, while softening the tones of africa can not do less than indulge in a reflection on this new company's post-Awakening.

Citing a famous story “not all animals are equal”. Jesse then collides with the reality of a settlement which, while bearing witness to the harmony between humans and animals is based on the exploitation of one part of the latter and whose “voice” is too feeble to be heard. The choice of the author to use as the driving force of the events, the api presents the tones ecologists of the early volumes interpreting them, however, in a reflection of the socio-politics: the greed of man has altered irreversibly the eco-system, thus fuelling a vicious circle of exploitation which the bees are so much the metaphor as the figure.

The designer Rafael de Latorre and colorist Rob Schwager offer convincing evidence, galvanized by the pace certainly the most sustained of these episodes which make up the third volume and with more action scenes. While it is unequivocally the expertise of the anatomical de Latorre – both human, but mostly animal – one must mention the great skill in the construction of the table, able to skillfully use a look “cinematic”, mixing in a way the excellent use of the double splash-pages that extend the reach of the narrative and the events of underlining often as nature, and not only the animals, is an active character in the series.

As always excellent care carto-technical saldaPress for the classical column with fins discreetly adapted and translated. The volume has an editorial part less full-bodied than usual with the introduction/summary, signed by the author, and the inevitable variant cover, and the extracts from the original scripts.

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