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Gail Williams shows no animosity for the latest issue of this series.

Animals have anthropomorphised in the most incredible way, they are thinking and talking like humans. A week after the initial uprising, things are all very mixed up....

So begins issue #2 of Animosity from AfterShock Comics.

Sandor and Jesse’s Daddy have to go out for food. But Daddy seems to have some reservations about having an animal as part of the family. And given what we see, it’s hardly surprising.

A month later we see the Free Trade Zone, the slogan “Become violent - Become Meat” kinda says it all. The sight of chimps with shotguns is worrying, but then so are the religious nuts preaching the rights of human dominion over animals.

Bring in the conference with men and the moose bearing shotguns in his antler - and the squirrels ready to pull the trigger are quite worrying too. Of course the argument that both sides need a curb on breeding doesn’t exactly go down well with anyone. A suicide bomber destroys much of the congregation, and a man with a gun threatens Jesse to give him the food she’s scraped together. Sandor attacks the man, but Daddy goes ‘ape’ believing that the dog could have got Jesse’s head blown off. Daddy attacks and we see little else as Sandor blacks out.

But a year later, and there is only Sandor and Jesse…

I’m enjoying this turnabout of human dominance, it just goes to show how our civilisation is only a veneer and that it will take very little to actually peel it back and reveal the animal hostility below. The only criticism I have of this issue is that I did get a bit confused about who was doing what during the fight scene, but a second read sorted that out. There wasn’t the same level of pathos as the first, it was a very different level and was no less impactful.

I’ve had to think long and hard about what score I was going to give this issue, but because I had to do a second read for clarity, it has to be a four out of five, but it’s a very high four, nearly a five. So, worth the read.

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 - Dare you!

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