[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Wintermute meets with the Ur-King at the edge of the bay of the City by the Sea. The Ur-King is a massive octopus who rules the creatures of the sea. It has nothing but disdain for Wintermute and her Animata. Before the negotiations go very far, a traitor springs from the City by the Sea, and the Ur-King gets the upper hand. There are more revelations to come, and they may just be enough to depose Wintermute for good.
Animosity Evolution #9 represents a massive tipping point for the series. Alliances shift, characters die, and the future of the City by the Sea is thrown into complete disarray and immense jeopardy.
It’s really difficult to talk about this comic without giving spoilers, and I’m aware that even my short summary spoiled some parts of the book. I’ll try to navigate the book without getting too specific, but here’s your **spoiler warning.
The overall theme of the book reads as the folly of good intentions and how well-meaning leaders can become cold-blooded tyrants. Wintermute has become the latter, and she knows it. Adam North does too, despite his affection for Wintermute.
The Ur-King proves to be an interesting character, and he may prove to be a case of trading one devil for another.
The finale is a brutal turn that gives a main character a horrid end and shows just how desperate things have become in the City by the Sea.
This is not a comic for the faint of heart or stomach.
Eric Gapstur has the imposing task of bringing this story to life, and he succeeds with aplomb. The Ur-King is given an impressive and intimidating first full appearance. The gore and blood in the comic is handled well. Again, getting animals to visually emote believably isn’t easy, and Gapstur is able to make it happen with seeming ease. Rob Schwager’s color art is well-balanced and eye-catching, and it makes this comic even more gorgeous than it would otherwise be.
Animosity Evolution #9 is an impactful and surprisingly rough read. Wintermute’s hour of judgement has come, and she must either rise to the task of leader or be eaten by those who follow her. Adam North is put in the position of being either her savior or condemnation. It’s a great read and definitely worth a recommendation. Check it out.
Animosity Evolution #9 comes to us from writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Eric Gapstur, color artist Rob Schwager, letterer Marshall Dillon, and cover artist Eric Gapstur with Guy Major.