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One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.


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One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

30 review for Animosity: Evolution, Vol. 1: Lex Animata

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heidi The Hippie Reader

    Animosity imagines a world in which animals have become sentient and all of the chaos that followed. It's a fascinating science fiction graphic novel in which leaders among the animals have to come to grips with an additional multi-billion mouths to feed, homes to find, and society to organize. Compounding the complexity, the animals are now just like people with individual personalities. Some are brave, others corrupt, others run vice dens with black market milk or other forbidden specialties. T Animosity imagines a world in which animals have become sentient and all of the chaos that followed. It's a fascinating science fiction graphic novel in which leaders among the animals have to come to grips with an additional multi-billion mouths to feed, homes to find, and society to organize. Compounding the complexity, the animals are now just like people with individual personalities. Some are brave, others corrupt, others run vice dens with black market milk or other forbidden specialties. There's problems with population control and predators continue to desire prey. A laconic wolf named Wintermute is leading the charge for the former city of San Francisco. None of the decisions she is required to make on a daily basis are simple and she's almost universally hated, except by a few who know her well. Meanwhile, out in the ocean, the dolphins have organized into their own blood-thirsty society. Beyond the city limits on the land, there are animals (and people) who don't want to join a new world order in San Francisco. I really enjoyed Animosity: Volume 1. It is a multi-layered story in a world that has a lot of potential. The characters, both animal and human, are fascinating. The relationships that they are attempting to develop are brand new and without precedent. There's shifting power structures and social services have been completely up-ended. I wonder what's going to happen next... Many thanks to one of my local public librarians for the excellent recommendation. You rock, Ryan.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    When The Wake happened, all animals gained human levels of thought and speech. Unfortunately just like humans, some of the animals break bad. Bennett shifts the focus of the series to San Francisco in Evolution where a strange looking dog, Wintermute, has taken control of the city. Now animals and humans must work together to survive in a world where meat is suddenly outlawed. Resources are tight as the city gets back on its feet and a black market underground emerges. It's there a plan develops When The Wake happened, all animals gained human levels of thought and speech. Unfortunately just like humans, some of the animals break bad. Bennett shifts the focus of the series to San Francisco in Evolution where a strange looking dog, Wintermute, has taken control of the city. Now animals and humans must work together to survive in a world where meat is suddenly outlawed. Resources are tight as the city gets back on its feet and a black market underground emerges. It's there a plan develops to destroy Wintermute and the rest of her animal cyborgs. I love the premise and the world building is great. My one complaint is that this volume ends mid story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own. You may expect that's just another post-apocalyptic tale and in a way, it can be interpreted as such. Animosity Universe feels well developed and rich. Humans and animals can communicate and cooperate. Unfortunately, after their "awakening" animals experience feeli One day, the animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking revenge. Now, they’ve started building. In a city by the sea, a new power is on the rise…and they’re making an animal kingdom all their own. You may expect that's just another post-apocalyptic tale and in a way, it can be interpreted as such. Animosity Universe feels well developed and rich. Humans and animals can communicate and cooperate. Unfortunately, after their "awakening" animals experience feelings such as jealousy, guilt, hate, hunger for power. Conflicts arise and lead to dangerous situations. Gapstur’s visual style is clean and polished. Apart from more static panels, there's plenty of dynamic, action-packed ones that look very well. It makes the world incredible and I'm impressed by the way he gives the animals personalities. A stellar job, really. Rob Schwager’s saturated colors bring sharpness to the story. Overall, it's a dialogue-heavy blend of drama and emotion set in a well developed and rich world. I liked it despite some minor issues.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    While the original Animosity series deals with life on the run, Animosity: Evolution is set firmly in the city of San Francisco, now under animal control and ruled tentatively by Wintermute, a hybrid wolf/dog (who I really want to pet). We've briefly seen this world set out in one of the Animosity one-shots collected with the main series, but this gives us a true focus on this setting, and just how much the usual animal/human relationship has been upended with the advent of increased animal inte While the original Animosity series deals with life on the run, Animosity: Evolution is set firmly in the city of San Francisco, now under animal control and ruled tentatively by Wintermute, a hybrid wolf/dog (who I really want to pet). We've briefly seen this world set out in one of the Animosity one-shots collected with the main series, but this gives us a true focus on this setting, and just how much the usual animal/human relationship has been upended with the advent of increased animal intelligence. This is a little disjointed, I'll admit, as the story careens around through different animal factions whose motivations aren't fully formed across these five issues, but I'm constantly impressed by the new ways that the series uses specific animals, and how stories told from their wildly different perspectives can have such impact on each other. That's without going into the sole human character, and the robot/animal hybrids, and the Law & Order: Special Animals Unit issue we get in these five short issues. There's a lot to unpack, and a hell of a lot of set-up here that promises even greater things going forward. Eric Gapstur has the unfortunate task of trying to measure up against Rafael De La Torre on the main Animosity title, and he doesn't quite reach the same heights. Some of his panels feel a little rushed or lacking in detail, but he has the same ability to depict human expressions on faces that probably shouldn't be able to show those expressions, so he's definitely in the right place. I think this is just his first mainstream comic work, so it might take him a little while to warm up, is all. Animosity didn't necessarily need a spin-off series, but this book justifies itself all on its own, as the characters, mysteries, and story potential are all far removed from the main book and are just as compelling.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Kvíz

    Spin-off z puvodni rady, ktery navazuje na miniserii Animosity: Rise, sleduje pribeh Adama, starsiho bratra Jesse (hl. hrdinky puvodni rady), ktery je jakozto veterinar cenenou komoditou “probuzenych” zvirat. Je to trochu slabsi nez puvodni rada, ale na druhou stranu tu dostavaji vetsi prostor zvirata a hodne se tu probira jak (ne)funguje nove vznikla spolecnost. Pro fanousky puvodni rady povinnost, pro ostatni zbytecnost :).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Review to follow.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bianca Walters

    Animosity takes the speculative fiction framework and uses it in a gargantuan way - instead of a market crash or a horde of pesky robots, all animals are suddenly imbued with the logic that had, until then, been only present in the human mind. This new level of consciousness has varying results on the animals, but they are all aware of, if not consumed with rage over, their station in society and the endless degradation that their kind has suffered at the hands of humans. The first look into thi Animosity takes the speculative fiction framework and uses it in a gargantuan way - instead of a market crash or a horde of pesky robots, all animals are suddenly imbued with the logic that had, until then, been only present in the human mind. This new level of consciousness has varying results on the animals, but they are all aware of, if not consumed with rage over, their station in society and the endless degradation that their kind has suffered at the hands of humans. The first look into this world focused on a young girl Jesse and her dog Sandor in the days after “The Wake.” The series is now in its second volume, and Matt Santori of comicosity.com wrote “...experience the complete horror and joy — and the joy of horror — from this new Bennett-de La Torre joint.” With a more sprawling premise, Evolution is the beginning of animal society, starting with a leader called Wintermute. The mysterious canine is feared and respected by the animals on her swathe of the coast, and there are a few humans who have proved themselves to her. Bennett (DC Bombshells, Insexts, Batwoman) has constructed a societal fable, or layers and layers of fables intertwined. One is reminded of a war-torn Europe or Berlin before the wall came down - conspiracy in the air and a seedy, swinging underground. For Fans of: Pride of Baghdad and/or Y: the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan, WE3 by Grant Morrison, The Power by Naomi Alderman, the Warriors and Hunters middle grade series by Erin Hunter and - hear me out- the live action Animal Farm movie from 1999. Art: To see animals be designed as a characters is probably my favorite part of this comic. It’s well done, and indispensable to the story. Sell it: To speculative fiction nuts and militant vegans. Also, in the selling, feel free to use one of Bennett’s many masterful references: Wintermute of Gibson’s sci fi classic Neuromancer. Hart, Ram & Wolf Law Offices of the Buffyverse via the Angel TV show, and a slew of establishments named after writers of animal-centered literature like Milne Warehouse and Berenstain Bed and Breakfast. Customers are bound to get caught up on one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul Franco

    When The Wake happens, all animals suddenly find themselves with the ability to talk and think on what was previously a human-only level. Annoyed with the way they’ve been treated, they quickly seek revenge. A month later billions of animals have taken over a city, holding off human armies on one side and dolphins on the other. Their self-proclaimed leader soon finds herself the victim of a suicide bomber. . . then things really get interesting. For those entering the city for the first time, the When The Wake happens, all animals suddenly find themselves with the ability to talk and think on what was previously a human-only level. Annoyed with the way they’ve been treated, they quickly seek revenge. A month later billions of animals have taken over a city, holding off human armies on one side and dolphins on the other. Their self-proclaimed leader soon finds herself the victim of a suicide bomber. . . then things really get interesting. For those entering the city for the first time, the entrance is set up like a refugee camp, with delousing and such, and those who pass are treated to an intro by a song-and-dance pink-dressed creature. For such a bright idea, this gets depressing in a hurry. In the background of one of the panels is an angry-looking woman carrying a sloth. . . which makes no sense. Sloths are fun! There’s a law firm called Hart, Ram, and Wolfe. That can’t possibly be a coincidence, can it? After that I found myself looking through each panel carefully to see if Buffy’s buddy Angel showed up next. Ugh, why did one of the main characters have to be a bat? So ugly. If you’re gonna do biological terrorism, a frog is the perfect animal to do the job. That dog-like creature in charge. . . some of the philosophy she expounds is interesting, but she’s so much of a deep thinker compared to everyone else it makes her kinda ridiculous. So many characters made it somewhat confusing, though I suppose if they were all human factions it wouldn’t be any simpler. Maybe a character page would have helped. About a dozen pages of extras at the end, like alternate covers and progress comparisons.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Animosity and its spin-off titles get stronger with each subsequent volume. With Animosity: Evolution Bennett turns the lens away from the characters we've already met, and onto a different set of survivors with a whole new mess of responsibilities and challenges. Evolution vol. 1 provides a view of humans and animals alike trying to build a new city out of the violence and chaos of the old world. Bennett does interesting work examining the gray morality that comes out of difficult situations, an Animosity and its spin-off titles get stronger with each subsequent volume. With Animosity: Evolution Bennett turns the lens away from the characters we've already met, and onto a different set of survivors with a whole new mess of responsibilities and challenges. Evolution vol. 1 provides a view of humans and animals alike trying to build a new city out of the violence and chaos of the old world. Bennett does interesting work examining the gray morality that comes out of difficult situations, and asks complex questions about how effectively we can really built the utopias that so many leaders have envisioned--who are the heroes and who are the tyrants in such a world? Her characters are flawed, and the story takes some dark turns even as the heroes--such as they exist--strive to find the best in the harsh lives they have been given. Bennett's writing and world of Animosity as a whole have some rough patches, but I can appreciate the sweeping scope of themes and experiences Bennett works to encapsulate in her storytelling. The writing blends complicated issues with personal and exciting plotlines, backed up with excellent art and talent from the rest of the creative team. It's a unique title in the comics world, and though I don't love everything about it, Bennett and the team are doing some impressive work here. I'll be following this series to see where it goes next.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elia

    A very interesting and unusual graphic novel with echoes of Animal Farm here. Sometime in the not too distant future, for reasons are never explained, all the animals on earth "awaken." This means they are now able to to talk, think and function just like human beings. A panic and a revolution ensues and we pick up the story 6 months later when the animals are still adjusting to their new life. It's not easy because the de facto leader is a dog (? wolf? dog-wolf? wolf-dog? No one seems to know!) A very interesting and unusual graphic novel with echoes of Animal Farm here. Sometime in the not too distant future, for reasons are never explained, all the animals on earth "awaken." This means they are now able to to talk, think and function just like human beings. A panic and a revolution ensues and we pick up the story 6 months later when the animals are still adjusting to their new life. It's not easy because the de facto leader is a dog (? wolf? dog-wolf? wolf-dog? No one seems to know!) named Wintermute. Everyone hates her, but most also grudgingly accept her leadership even though her laws are strict: animals may no longer kill other animals for food, breeding is outlawed for a year, hoarding of food, stealing food or black market traffic of food is punishable by death. A select few humans, mostly veterinarians, zoologists and the like, have been accepted by the animals, and help them run this new society... it is not until someone tries to assassinate Wintermute that the humans learn she has been creating a special force called the Lex Animata - animal/machine hybrids with special powers. Is Witermute a good guy, or a secret villain? Why is the Lex Animata being created, and why has a black market in animal meat sprung up so quickly? This is definitely not like anything I have read before, and though I was left with a lot of questions, I do look forward to the next issue.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wayne McCoy

    'Animosity: Evolution Vol. 1' by Marguerite Bennett with art by Eric Gapstur is about a time in the near future when animals have found their voice, and with it, they also gain power. At some point before this graphic novel, an event called The Wake happened. Now that animals can speak, they are, for some reason, in charge. A wolf named Wintermute runs a town with her human companion Adam. Resources are lean, and food is a bit scarce. Because of this, there is a thriving black market. There is al 'Animosity: Evolution Vol. 1' by Marguerite Bennett with art by Eric Gapstur is about a time in the near future when animals have found their voice, and with it, they also gain power. At some point before this graphic novel, an event called The Wake happened. Now that animals can speak, they are, for some reason, in charge. A wolf named Wintermute runs a town with her human companion Adam. Resources are lean, and food is a bit scarce. Because of this, there is a thriving black market. There is also enough dissatisfaction to make Wintermute an assassination target. It's a good thing that Adam is an animal doctor. It's a volume 1 that follows previous events, so I felt a bit lost reading this. I was able to pick up on things, but I missed having emotional connections to the characters that seemed to be called for. It's an ok story, but I had a hard time keeping my interest. It's talking animals, but it's definitely not a kids story based on the language and violence. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Aftershock Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Great high concept of a world where all animals from ants to humans to elephants one day suddenly can think and speak to one another. The leaders in Animosity: Evolution Vol 1 believe that predators must be prevented from killing their natural prey. Only meat from criminals may be eaten after they are killed by the state. The predators form gangs to sell forbidden products. They also attempt to overthrow the state. The world building within Animosity: Evolution Vol 1 is great! The idea of using t Great high concept of a world where all animals from ants to humans to elephants one day suddenly can think and speak to one another. The leaders in Animosity: Evolution Vol 1 believe that predators must be prevented from killing their natural prey. Only meat from criminals may be eaten after they are killed by the state. The predators form gangs to sell forbidden products. They also attempt to overthrow the state. The world building within Animosity: Evolution Vol 1 is great! The idea of using technology to both save and protect animals is ingenious. My only issue with my advanced review copy was that the muddy artwork sometimes prevented me from determining what was happening. Some of the pages, in particular the two-page close-up of the Leopard’s face, were extremely clear and detailed. Hopefully, the blurriness in the other pages will be corrected in the final version of the product. Still, due to the intriguing plot, I’m looking forward to reading more in the series. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars. This book contains issues #1 through #5 published October 2017 through April 2018. Thanks to the publisher, Aftershock Comics, and NetGalley for an advanced copy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Maybe I missed the first few stories in the Animosity universe, but Animosity: Evolution feels deeply half-baked. Animals woke up and took over and now San Francisco is the only place where animals and humans can coexist. So, diet Planet of the Apes. Some of those animals get exoskeletons because it looks cool. Some animals are villains because, you know, they're snakes. Big or small, all animals play a part in this new world. Notice how I haven't really talked about the plot yet? That's because Maybe I missed the first few stories in the Animosity universe, but Animosity: Evolution feels deeply half-baked. Animals woke up and took over and now San Francisco is the only place where animals and humans can coexist. So, diet Planet of the Apes. Some of those animals get exoskeletons because it looks cool. Some animals are villains because, you know, they're snakes. Big or small, all animals play a part in this new world. Notice how I haven't really talked about the plot yet? That's because there's not really a throughline in this volume. Wintermute controls the city (she's a wolf with cybernetic enhancements) and some other animals aren't happy about it. I guess? To be honest, I more or less blanked on the storyline after closing this volume. The art was mediocre, the writing was terrible, and the world building was thoroughly bland.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ma'Belle

    I'm considering this the third volume of Animosity, and not really sure why they chose to call it a spin-off series. Regardless of the slightly different branding, the world and characters are the same. This whole collection focuses on the San Francisco area's happenings, where Wintermute and his human veterinarian Dr. Adam North are key leading characters. It took me longer to get through this volume, which might just be because I got distracted by video games, or it might reflect on the script I'm considering this the third volume of Animosity, and not really sure why they chose to call it a spin-off series. Regardless of the slightly different branding, the world and characters are the same. This whole collection focuses on the San Francisco area's happenings, where Wintermute and his human veterinarian Dr. Adam North are key leading characters. It took me longer to get through this volume, which might just be because I got distracted by video games, or it might reflect on the script quality getting a tad stale. I love the bits of political theory that these rapidly-educated animals are debating. Moral dilemmas, black markets, and assassination attempts are the main themes here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    An event called the Wake occurred and animals began to talk. And since they could talk, they started to organize them selves under a leader - the feared Wintermute! Times were hard. Justice was extreme, and the need was great. But still the animals came seeking a better society. Except that there were always those who wanted more. Those need to be feared and fought. But first they must be found in the lairs they create. Plenty of intrigue and action in a short book. Be interesting to see what ma An event called the Wake occurred and animals began to talk. And since they could talk, they started to organize them selves under a leader - the feared Wintermute! Times were hard. Justice was extreme, and the need was great. But still the animals came seeking a better society. Except that there were always those who wanted more. Those need to be feared and fought. But first they must be found in the lairs they create. Plenty of intrigue and action in a short book. Be interesting to see what may come next. Thanks Netgalley for the opportunity to review this title.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ♛Primadonna♛

    I received a free copy of the book by the book's publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I'm pleasantly surprised with how good this was! This was wonderfully written, with a fantastic pace! I absolutely loved getting all the books in one Volume and cannot wait for Volume 2! However, it ended on a cliffhanger *le sigh*

  17. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    The action takes place in a world where the animals have awaken and have now a higher/human like intelligence that allow them to talk and interact with the human as equal, or close. The concept is cool, but the action seem a bit repetitive, the illustration are correct but not my style and I really never get into it. I think it may interest some people, maybe a younger public, but withou being bad, it wasn't for me!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ije the Devourer of Books

    The premise of the story is great but there was a lot of back story and things that had happened and I dont think this came through strongly enough. The artwork was ok. I wasnt really a fan though.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bekah

    Wow! Such a cool story. My teen bought this and I thumbed through it on a whim. I ended up reading all 5 issues at once. I need to know what happens next!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Sequel, spin-off - whatever, this is unreadable to anyone without having enjoyed the previous. Which looks on this evidence to not be to my taste at all.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

  22. 4 out of 5

    C. Sellner

  23. 5 out of 5

    Allie Poole

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Meghan Ryan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Josh Wisneski

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

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