[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Sandor finally finds Kyle bleeding out just beyond the perimeter of the Walled City which now holds Jesse. Sandor and Kyle finally have it out, and Kyle reveals why he holds a grudge and distrust for Sandor. Afterwards, Sandor prepares for his assault on the Walled City and his rescue of Jesse. Inside, Jesse makes her own escape attempt with the other girls held by the Headmistress and the help of one of the defanged animals in the city.
Animosity #17 is an especially cathartic issue of the series. We finally learn what Sandor did that made Kyle turn against him, and we see Jesse growing into more of an independent woman and leader despite the long odds that stand against her.
It also advances the plot a lot farther than many of the previous issues have, and just in time.
The one odd thing about the current Animosity arc is that it’s unclear how long Jesse has been in the Walled City. We get the impression that she has had time to acclimate to the environment, but that would mean that Kyle has been bleeding on the ground without food or water for north of a week. That…well, obviously that’s impossible. He would have expired within a day or two, one would assume.
Regardless, this is another compelling issue and more evidence to the great talent that is Marguerite Bennett. DC needs to bring back her Batwoman title stat.
Ornella Savarese takes over as artist in this issue. Rafael de Latorre has been the artist on Animosity since the beginning, so it’s a little surprising to see an artist change now. Regardless, Savarese does great work and shows that she can get the animal characters to emote and display body language easily. Sandor especially conveys a lot of emotion and ethos through his stances and eyes. There is a hint of anime inspiration too which gels into Animosity well. Rob Schwager gives the book a cold and foreboding color palette, appropriate given the current state of things for our protagonists.
Animosity #17 is another excellent issue of the long-running AfterShock series. Characters clash, issues are settled, and both Sandor and Jesse prepare for war with the Walled City. This one easily earns a recommendation. Give it a read.
Animosity #17 comes to us from writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Ornella Savarese, color artist Rob Schwager, letterer Marshall Dillon, and cover artist Rafael de Latorre with Marcelo Maiolo.