One day, the Animals woke up.
They started thinking. They started talking.
They started taking revenge.
“Kill the rats but save the mice, right? Spare the cute ones? Morality has aesthetic standards, way I see it.”The speaker is an exterminator and on the next page - the rats are exterminating him.
What a great way to start a new comic, one that goes on to talk about the 20 quintillion animals on the planet, over 10 quintillion of which are insects. This rather puts the 7 billion humans into perspective. Especially when the animals wake up and start talking. Not to mention killing…
This is a tricky storyline to play with but Marguarite Bennett throws the reader right into the action. The graphics from Rafael De Latorre take three double page spreads to drag us through the stages of the awakening animals, including Bloodhound Sandor who really loves Jesse, his young owner.
Trouble is coming for all angles, birds crashing through the windows, an octopus grabbing the knives in the sushi shop, the horse kicking it’s rider, not entirely sure what’s making the plane fall out of the sky though. Snakes? Suicidal pigeons getting in the jets? Who knows?
But when Jesse is pushed from the roof, Sandor jumps after her and they crash relative safely into the next building (okay at this point I’m going to ignore the fact that safety glass would have them actually bounce right off because that would ruin a good story). In the room, they face a very unhappy tiger. The way Sandor deals with that - genius.
This is the first issue and it’s started something big in an explosive and impressive way. Quite where it’s going to go from here, I have no idea, but I think it might be worth following, even if that does make me the dog on the lead.
Five out of five.
Gail Williams lives in her own private dungeon populated with all the weird and the wonderful she can imagine. Some of it’s very weird, and the odd bits and pieces are a bit wonderful. Well okay, she lives in Swansea with her husband and daughter. And the world’s most demanding cat. To find out more about Gail, check out www.gailbwilliams.co.uk - Dare you!