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Animal Man, Vol. 2 by Grant Morrison
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Jan 02, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2009

Probably the pinnacle of Morrison's work on the character of Buddy Baker. The first volume feels a bit rough and the last explodes into meta-criticism of comics continuity and format, but this volume hits a nice middle of smart, reverent yet playful comics that devolve into didactic-but-great social polemics only a couple times.
Morrison does really interesting things with DC continuity and tropes. He has fun reintroducing a slew of other animal-powered DC heroes, but they all serve the stories well. The Time Commander story is a nice critique of hero/villain fights. (It and the clunky ghost story also do a good job setting up the last volume.) The nascent role of the yellow aliens introduce fun retcons for them and Animal Man.
The whaling, apartheid, and animal terrorist issues are better than they should be. They are topic-driven, but Morrison manages to place his personal feelings on these issues within good stories. Plus, he gets to destroy Paris again.
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