[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Jesse, Zarza, and Sandor return to the others to discover that raiders have come in, covered them in some kind of material, and stolen Ben. Jesse is horrified, and she’s ready to put together a search party to get Ben. Sandor won’t allow it; he wants Jesse safe no matter what. However, Jesse is able to talk Sandor into taking Potter, Zarza, and Bethesda into tracking down Ben. Later, one of the women from the Walled City offers to help Jesse find Ben on their own. Meanwhile, Mittens is readying herself to tell Jesse the truth about Sandor and all the people he’s killed.
Animosity #24 finds the group split apart once again with poachers having stolen Ben. Plus, Sandor is alienating himself from the other animals with his love for Jesse turning into apathy towards the other animals in the caravan.
It makes for good drama, and you can’t help but feel for Sandor to a degree. He knows that he’s not long for this Earth, and he loves Jesse more than anything in the world. Of course he wants to spend what little time remains making sure she’s safe and can grow up well. On the other end, you can understand why Potter and Zarza feel offended and a little betrayed.
The treatment of Ben is horrifying too; you really want to see Sandor, Zarza, Potter, and Beth tear into the poachers.
Elton Thomasi and Rafael de Latorre continue to provide brilliant artwork to the series. They do a good job of highlighting the brutality of the poachers in the visuals as well as the anguish in the faces of the animals. Plus, their styles blend together quite well, so there’s no jarring change in the visuals. Rob Schwager’s color work is well-balanced and atmospheric as well.
Animosity #24 once again proves strong as this long-lived Marguerite Bennett series continues to provide genuinely engaging and emotional storytelling. I always find myself looking forward to this series every month, and I look forward to what’s coming next. This one, of course, gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Animosity #24 comes to us from writer Marguerite Bennett, artists Elton Thomasi and Rafael de Latorre, color artist Rob Schwager, letterer Taylor Esposito, and cover artist Rafael de Latorre with Marcelo Maiolo.
Final Score: 8.5/10