Animal Man, Vol. 1: The Hunt
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One of the breakout hits from DC Comics – The New 52! In these tales from issues #1-6 of the new series, Buddy Baker has gone from "super" man to family man – but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? As these new abilities continue to terrify Buddy and his wife Ellen, things take a tur...more
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Published May 8th 2012 by DC Comics (first published May 1st 2012)
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A darker, edgier Animal Man, combining the best of Grant Morrison's seminal run, with a new, comprehensive mythology, and some mind-twisting visuals

The result is a most pleasant surprise. A smarter, more adult-orientated story that is my early choice for BEST of DC's New 52.

For this reboot, DC wisely chose to retain Morrison-created persona of Animal Man as a vegan, eco-friendly pacifist, and politically active champion of animal rights. To this foundation, writer Jeff Lemire added a terrifi...more
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Buddy Baker is a family man with a loving wife and two great kids, who gave up his career as a stunt-man to become a super-hero after discovering his ability to tap into something he calls "the web of life" and which scientists have called "the morphogenic field" -- this ability allows him to call upon the traits and abilities of various animals, but it also allows him to understand and relate to all animal life. This sympathetic connection to the animal kingdom eventually moves him...more
Nov 29, 2012 Kurt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
This book takes a dorky character to a scary place, and it does it really well. I'm not really familiar with who Animal Man was before the New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, but I hope he was presented as a comedy character - he has 8-year-old boy powers of, "Shweet, it would be cool if thish guy could.. be like animals! All of them!" In this book, Jeff Lemire plays that up for amusing moments (Animal Man sneaks home after a long night by drawing on the weight of a bumblebee, then when he has tro...more
Jeff Raymond
At 31, I came to comics relatively late. Yeah, I read some kiddie comics like Richie Rich and Lil' Devil when I was a kid, but real comics, with superheroes and bad language and what have you? That didn't come about until my mid-20s. My introduction to comics came from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 run, as I had just finished plowing through Buffy on DVD and wanted, nay needed, more. Then my friend told me to read Ultimate Spider-Man, and then I discovered Runaways, and then Watchmen, an...more
Joey Comeau
I enjoyed the Grant Morrison Animal Man books, but they were very clearly "Grant Morrison" books. This series feels more fitting to the character. Here we have an Animal Man book that is strange and horrific and that is completely its own thing. The book weaves nicely into the new Swamp Thing series, as well, but is much more personal and frightening, I think. I love the idea of Animal Man as horror, and it reads like a perfect nightmare.
It's a good book, but it's not for me. The New 52 take on Animal Man turns his book into horror, complete with creepy child and eldritch abominations. Normally, I'd have no problem with this. But something kept me connecting to this story. Maybe it was the art, which felt flat and unappealing to me.
Larry Zieminski
This collection was my first exposure to Animal Man. While I have read comics off and on for years, I never encountered this character. I decided to give it a shot, as this was a relaunch of the franchise.

As a introduction to the character and Animal Man universe, this works well. It's clear there was some mythos that it was drawing on, but for the most part the writer makes everything understandable. It appears that some of the mythology is being rewritten a bit, which even Animal Man himself p...more
Oct 27, 2012 The_Mad_Swede rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to The_Mad_Swede by: Houman Sadri
For me, Animal Man as a character will forever be associated with Grant Morrison's strange and weird run (Vertigo, before Vertigo, as it were), so it was with some trepidation that I picked this up. Then again, I had heard good things about Lemire, and interesting things about links to Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing, so there was that.

Arguably, the concept of the Red is there already in Morrison's run (even though Morrison has apparently commented on Lemire's work as too derivative of Moore's Swamp...more
I knew something was wrong when I saw the Clive Barker-esque cover art. All the qualities I liked about Animal Man, (Morrison's Animal Man) were absent in this re-invention. Gone is the naïveté, hopeful charm and everyday life appeal to the character. He doesn't fight bad guys with interesting use of his abilities, he fights some esoteric cancer "The Rot" against a life-web "The Red" mostly in a confusion shared by the reader. He fights The Rot with his daughter and her new found abilities, (ser...more
Federiken Masters
Cuando arranqué con este título suponía que no me iba a encontrar a nada parecido a aquello que hizo Morrison un par de décadas atrás (y que yo leí hace casi una década, creo), pero que me iba a enganchar igual. Cuánta razón tuve. Después de comprobar que Lemire era un buen guionista "indie" al leerme su trilogía de Essex County quise ver si se portaba igual de bien con laburos por encargo. Y la verdad que sí. Claro que también ayudan muchísimo los tremebundos dibujos de Foreman, Pugh y Leon (en...more
Chris Beveridge
Oct 27, 2012 Chris Beveridge marked it as to-read
Animal Man is a character I have great love for based on the distant past of the character and is one that is entirely adaptable to new interpretations, especially as we see from his DC Nation animated appearances. With the first few issues of the New 52 as they came out, I liked where the story was going but really struggled with the artwork and always felt bad with that. While I didn’t keep up with it in that form, I did thoroughly enjoy this edition of it in reading all six issues in one sitt...more
Meh. Having Buddy Baker discover there's more to his powers than just using animal abilities, that he's tied into some global lifeforce has been done before (and done better). Having this storyline be the starting story for the comic seems too soon for me. When Grant Morrison first took Animal Man from being a typical superhero to being something else, something more, he was already well-established as a C-list superhero. It made the revelations that there was more too him than just being anothe...more
Yagiz Gulseven
When I first heard about that some characters from vertigo comics will be added to the DC reboot, I wasn't sure how I felt about the idea. Sure, who wouldn't want to read new stories about Swamp Thing, Animal Man or Constantine but I wasn't quite sure if those new stories maintain the rawness and brutality that the original ones have. Then I've heard that Jeff Lemire was gonna write the story I was kinda pumped up because he's like one of my favorite writers of all time. As always Jeff Lemire pr...more
Peter Derk
Not bad. Not bad at all.

It gets a lower rating for me because it's just not my kind of story. Things are a little more...cosmic that I prefer. However, fans of stuff like Sandman or Hellblazer will get into this big time. In a lot of ways, this books feels very much like the successor to the better of the 90's Vertigo stuff and really carries on that spirit, which deserves praise.

It's also a great matching of story and art. Sometimes I feel pangs when I see a story that's got a less mainstream f...more
**Read this in single issues as it was released, as opposed to the trade paperback**

Having no previous knowledge of Animal Man as a character prior to DC's reboot last September, I jumped into this with no expectations. Holy freaking God, this is one of the most insane comics I've ever read. It's amazing mix of brooding The Thing-style horror and superheroes have been keeping me in very high spirits on the first Wednesday of every month, when the new issues of this series comes out.

And don't eve...more
In 2011, DC Comics cancelled all of their existing titles and re-launched their entire series branding them The New 52. Animal Man was the surprising breakout hit of the new series. I frankly didn't know about Animal Man until I read this version of his story and I am kicking myself. Animal Man is a stand-up family guy, a hero turned activist, who struggles with the challenges of being a good husband and father. Jeff Lemire creates a story with strong female and male characters of all ages, them...more
This is fantastic writing. Immediately establishes this is *not* just a capes and tights story - in fact, is sleeping in different rooms (if not completely divorced) from a superhero book.

Instead we get what immediately hits me as a Sandman-style universe, where the boundaries between realities are flexible, the motives of all these foreign beings are mottled, and the hero isn't at all how you'd expect to meet them. Very unusual story with lots of weird, imaginative imagery and lots of visuals t...more
First things first - I love when a comic lets a superhero be married and looks at like from that angle instead of making them endless bachelors or in on-again, off-again relationships that end up making revolutions over the same territory over and over again. Buddy Baker has a family, and he'll do anything to keep them safe, and that's pretty much the heart of this trade.

I am not a big fan of the fact that this series starts off by putting the focus largely on someone other than the title chara...more
A great reintroduction to Buddy Baker aka Animal Man. While the classic Grant Morrison run on the book took a very surreal meta-textual route - it's Morrison, what would one expect - Lemire and Forman's run so far is delving into the underlying nature of Nature - life, death, creation, destruction - that will eventually lead Animal Man to cross paths with Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing. You can certainly see the Moore influence here, but this is definitely Lemire's book and he's exploring the dyna...more
It's not even a complete story. It ends with a cliff-hanger! I feel short-changed.

I'd read much good things about this title and was greatly looking forward to it. I've always enjoyed Animal Man, especially the Grant Morrison run a few years back.

But this is no reboot. It pretty much continues the character from the pre-New 52.

The story is obtuse just for the sake of being so. The finished art is quite ugly and dreadfully amateurish, though we get a short peak at some nice looking pencils as an...more
I had never been a fan of Animal Man. I had nothing against him, but there was nothing drawing me toward him. His part in "52" with Starfire and Adam Strange was, I thought, the least interesting part in the story. That might be why he didn't appeal to me.

Then I read the first issue of his New 52 title. I was blown away.

The art is very different and unconventional, but it's perfect for the story and sets the tone beautifully.

The story is creepy and horrifying. It made my skin crawl at times. I l...more
Good opening premise heads south in a hurry. Story goes from interesting take on a third-string DC superhero to a visit to "Vertigo" land as we get a horror-oriented plot involving evil spirits threatening our universe from another dimension. Our hero takes a backseat to his daughter, the storyline gets sidetracked by a fill-in issue with another artist, and the end promises a tie-in with a second-string DC series, "The Swamp Thing". Color me "outahere"; I ain't stickin' around for volume two.
Not so happy with this relaunch of the title, both the art and the writing held little surprise or excitement for me. The writing felt one dimensional where it should have been three dimensional, the plot felt slow and unsurprising, and the art didn't really catch me at all. Bill Sienkiewicz had better draftsmanship since he was a Neal Adams clone at the beginning of his career, and that abstraction has been done better by other artists, Marc Hempel in Breathtaker for example.
Es bueno saber que Lemire no solo escribe novelas gráficas acerca del ser humano, si no que también puede escribir novelas acerca de super humanos. Animal Man es una historia muy bizarra, pero no cae en ese cliché de "ser raro" y que se vea forzado, no. Este comic es raro porque el personaje y el mundo lo requiere.

Le doy 4 estrellas porque leere los siguientes tomos para ver a donde va la historia, la verdad me quedé picado.
Not my cuppa.
I've never read anything about Animal Man before, so I have nothing to compare it with, but I doubt I'll be going back for more of this story unless I run out of stuff to read.
I dislike the style of art used, so that could possibly be tainting my opinion of this volume, as well.

I guess if you're a huge fan of Animal Man, then this would be something you might want to check out.
Want a "superhero" story that goes beyond punching?And yet still contains action and excitement? A story that recalls the wonderful horror of Moore/Bissette/Totleben-era SWAMP THING?

And with, in addition to superb writing, some surreal, delicious and wonderfully HORRIFIC art?


Then check this book out.

I loved it.
John Yelverton
This book was dark, disturbing and very poorly drawn. This is definitely a book to avoid.
James Dunphy
The first thing I thought when I opened DC's New 52 Animal Man was...who the heck is Animal Man!? Luckily the writers of the first volume of this new series address this obscure hero and his previous origin.
With this new series Animal Man goes from being a weird space alien powered D-hero to a dark, creepy, horror tinged one in DC dark corner of their newly rebooted universe. Animal Man's origin gets retconned into a more suitable one dealing with life force, and red, mystic lifesblood lineage s...more
Patrick Najjar
Lemire's Animal Man (along with Snyder's Swamp Thing and Mielville's Dial H) is essentially a Vertigo title masquerading as a part of the DC New 52. Personally, I have no problem with that, but unfamiliar readers, be wary: these titles look and feel quite different when compared to the more mainstream DC fare. I really like Lemire's work and he's still on his game here, but I'm a bit frustrated that even the first volume of Animal Man is plagued by the problem that has been eating away at the Ne...more
My encounters with Animal Man were limited to his metatextual runs (as written by Grant Morrison). The character popped in in a few DC crossovers or events, but rarely held any captivating interest. Stumbling across this volume at a local bookstore, I sat down to see what the DCnU had done to Buddy Baker - and I like it. Eschewing the cape and tights for natural horror turned this character on its ear. Buddy's daughter is exhibiting strange powers that are linked to the Red, a metaphysical plane...more
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Jeff Lemire is an award-winning Canadian cartoonist, and the author of the Essex County Trilogy, Sweet Tooth and The Nobody. Lemire is known for a his moody, humanistic stories and sketchy, cinematic, black-and-white art.
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