Animal Man, Vol. 1: The Hunt (Animal Man Vol. II #1)
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
Written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Travel Foreman, Animal Man is part of DC’s New 52 relaunch. The first six issues are closely tied t...more
Don't expect Grant Morrison's combination of humor and surrealism here (though the preachiness is fortunately absent too). Animal Man is now an action-packed horror comic, and is perhaps too tense to succeed. Travel Foreman throws creepy drawings at the reader left and right, which is not the way I'd like a horror comic. Travel Foreman does them well, though. There are...more
The art is wonderfully trippy and gross. The animals loo...more
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
I've never read Animal Man before this, so I don't have the issues with the New 52 comic book, like some other reviewers have had. I think it's an extremely fast paced, dream-like, interesting book. An evil force called The Rot is taking over, and only Animal Man's four year old daughter, Maxine, can defeat them. I do think it's extremely interesting that she's the real hero, in the traditional sense of the word, and Animal Man, at least at this point, is mainly her protector.
The art is very goo...more
It's easy to dismiss Animal Man himself because his character seems relatively normal outside having powers. His family is loving and his wife is accepting, he has had re...more
The last few years have seen Buddy Baker return to the C or D level character he was. Now he is restored to an important pla...more
Buddy Baker is Animal Man, a guy with a crap costume who can channel animal powers (a la Marshal Bravestarr) through something called the Life Web. He...more
As dark as Batman gets sometime, I felt that Animal was really dark. The art is full of twisted, distorted bodies which are disturbing. Don’t get me wrong, I like disturbing as much as the next guy. But it has to be handled...more
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
And boy was I pleased with the result! I'm not sure what DC is doing nowadays with this New 52 business...more
Maxine was by far my favorite character. In a scene typical of the book’s horror-tinged humor, the girl decides to find herself a pet by resur...more
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
Review originally posted here.
Why I Read It: In my quest to read everything (well, at least the first volume) from the New 52. Also, I was drawn to this superhero in particular because: 1) I had never heard of Animal Man before and 2) I've been told that this reads more like a Vertigo comic than a DC one, and I LOVE Vertigo. So. Spoiler-free review ahead.
Guys, this series is DARK! When I said this supposedly reads more like a Vertigo comic than a DC one? Completely true.
What really sets this ti...more
I’ve come late to the whole taking-comics-seriously-as-art party, but I’d just like to burst the bubbles of an old lion and a sacred cow and say, for the record, the following. Frank Miller’s 2002 Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again, the follow-up to his 1986 masterpiece of Cold War paranoia and moral panic, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, is a jumble of comic book clichés and poor, distracting storytelling techniques – not to mention amorphous and bori...more