A Journey For The Pineal Gland In Animosity #21

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Zarzamora is worried about Jesse and Sandor, as they have been gone too long. At the Hibernaculum, Jesse is hoping to find some answer about the Awakening in the visions given to her by the snakes’ venom. What she sees is a history of the relationship between humanity and animals, how animals enter into the mythological and religious texts of humans, and how humanity turned on animals, even in those religious texts. Meanwhile, Sandor is having a vision of his own…of his father.

Animosity #21 cover by Roberto de Latorre and Marcelo Maiolo
Animosity #21 cover by Roberto de Latorre and Marcelo Maiolo

Animosity #21 is a more meditative issue of the series, focusing on the visions of Jesse and Sandor as they seek any answer to give them some understanding of the Awakening that granted the animals speech and reason.

At the risk of spoiling the comic somewhat, none is immediately forthcoming. That’s somewhat expected though, as the issue is an on the surface metaphor for religion and mysticism. They may give answers and even meaning to those who subscribe to them, but they’re often opaque and nonspecific (that’s not intended to be a jab at religion, for what it’s worth).

In reality, the answers Jesse and Sandor receive are quite disheartening. The answers don’t matter, entropy reigns, and the only reason they want answers is for some measure of comfort even though the answers won’t change the material reality of the situation they find themselves in.

Animosity #21 art by Elton Thomasi, Rob Schwager, and letterer Carlos M. Mangual
Animosity #21 art by Elton Thomasi, Rob Schwager, and letterer Carlos M. Mangual

Elton Thomasi’s artwork is quite gorgeous and suits the mystic journey our protagonists are upon. The visions are well-detailed, visceral, yet otherworldly. The colors from Rob Schwager greatly add to this with strange and cosmic vibes that add to that feeling of a journey beyond our mortal, physical plane.

Animosity #21 is another homerun issue for Marguerite Bennett’s series. We find Jesse and Sandor going to extreme measures for answers about the awakening and everything to which it’s led. It looks like they won’t find them, but that doesn’t mean no answers at all will be found. In any case, this one gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Animosity #21 comes to us from writer Marguerite Bennett, artist Elton Thomasi, color artist Rob Schwager, letterer Carlos M. Mangual, and cover artist Roberto de LaTorre with Marcelo Maiolo.

Final Score: 8/10

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