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Animal Man, Volume 1: The Hunt

(Animal Man (2011) #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  6,873 ratings  ·  382 reviews
One of the breakout hits from DC Comics – The New 52!
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 turn for the worse as Buddy and Maxine begin a journey
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 2nd 2012 by DC Comics
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May 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 t
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comix
Animal Man can use the abilities and powers of any animal. An elephant, a koala bear, a furry kitten. It seems that his daughter might have the same abilities. Even communicate with animals. How adorable? How awesome? How cute is that? Why it’s like that Dr. Doolittle guy? Right?

If we could talk to the animals, just imagine it
Chatting to a chimp in chimpanzee
Imagine talking to a tiger, chatting to a cheetah
What a neat achievement that
(loud noise of needle scratching a record*)

Uh, no. We get
Oct 24, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
[Name Redacted]
Oct 29, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I picked this up because I've been reading Swamp Thing and the story seems to cross over--the war is between the Green and Red versus the Rot. Honestly, I didn't like the artwork at all. It made an already gruesome and disturbing story moreso. The drawings were so squiggly and unappealing, and the colors were too muted for my tastes. If the creators were going for a horror tale, they achieved their goal. I love animals, so I like the idea of Buddy (and his daughter) having a connection to the an ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sam Quixote
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
I don't think I get the concept of DC's "reboot" of the "New 52" - I thought it meant starting the characters from the beginning so you see how they become who they are and build up the world around them for a whole new audience. Because I expected that with a character I've never read before, "Animal Man", and discovered that this wasn't the case.

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
The art work is on the grotesque side. The story is about Buddy and his family. There are two opposing side, the red which is all animal life and the rot which is darkness. The red is threatened. Interesting concepts. The story was engaging and the art was not something I enjoyed looking at, although well done. Maybe this isn't the story for me. It's a deep comic with a lot going on in the story. If you are into grotesque and gore then this is the comic for you. ...more
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty horrifying and terrifying after the first issue with the artwork and the rot. My first read of any animal man story, seems to have an interesting story, might check out some older story arcs before moving further forwards.
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Well I definitely liked this New 52 version of Animal Man. It took the potential of the Grant Morrison run and added a new more serious/vicious streak. I also love that it tied itself in with another New 52...Scott Synder's Swamp Thing. I cannot wait to see how these 2 end up worked together. To be honest whoever came up with that idea is a genius. I read both and now I really want to read Vol 2 for both of them. Great way to make fans of one interested in the the interconnectedness ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dcu
This was outstanding and unconventional, leaning more towards graphic novel than comic book.

Revered Canadian artist, Jeff Lemire, author of the "Sweet Tooth" series and most loved for his "Essex County", takes a turn at DC cult-fave, Animal Man, and with tremendous results.

Lovers of the Marvel brand of comics might not like this story as it is SOOOOO not your typical comic book. There are layers and layers of subtext and symbolism, some gruesome, grotesquely surreal artwork (like, stuff-of-night
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a complete noob when it comes to Animal Man, never having come across him or knowing anything about him. This is my first introduction to him and this book seems to be taking place parallel to Swamp Thing Vol. 1 which I just reviewed the other day. Holland doesn't appear in this but he is mentioned and an imminent meeting between the two is mentioned. This volume jumps in with where Buddy Baker is with his life now so it took me some time to get the lay of what was going on with him and his ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
After reading the first volume of the new Animal Man Series now I know why everyone has been raving about Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth over at Vertigo and his independent work (which I have not gotten around to reading yet). Lemire builds upon the foundation laid by Grant Morrison during his run on the title (arguably the character's best ever) and if anything makes it better.

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
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People Who Enjoyed the "Body Worlds" Exhibit...on Acid!
Shelves: dc
Urrrgh, so torn on this one!

One the one hand, the relate-a-bility of the Dad-Who-is-Also-A-Lesser-Known-Superhero angle was great fun, and well portrayed- who knew Mother-in-Laws can apparently even disapprove of super powers?

On the other hand, while I recognize and applaud the art for its bold originality, I do a lot of my reading at lunch-time, folks, and a lot of these inside out, contorted, Hieronymous Bosch-meets-Salvador Dali images just didn't sit well with my bologna on rye. The cover im
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
What kind of a meek and strange "start" was that???

You could feel them trying to write some good stuff in there, with "the rot" that is coming, but at the end it went completely lowkey again...
But I still got to know what this story will bring, so I'll continue ;)
This is me, signing out, hoping for the best..
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
C. Varn
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jeff Lemire's adult-oriented and mythology rich re-imagining of Animal Man picks choices elements from the Grant Morrison and even the Peter Milligan runs when Animal Man was Vertigo title and retains it. Lemire, however, moves in the direction of deep mythology when Morrison moved more towards meta-textuality. In many ways, Lemire almost seems to be drying to bridge the feel of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing into Morrison's "original" revision of Animal Man--bringing out some cosmic battles in an int ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Alex Boyd
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Animal Man is something of a B-list superhero, trying to make ends meet with a wife and two children. He was recently in an independent film, but isn't sure it'll make him much money, and his ability to summon any animal skill (charging with the strength of a rhino, switching to the weight of a bumblebee so he doesn't creak the floorboards and wake his children) seems more suited to fairly low-key heroics. But something called The Rot has invaded the world, and has a particular interest in his f ...more
I had some reservations about this. I thought it was going to be some hipsters wet dream about a PETA member. I really enjoyed this, I didn't like the art, but I'll give the series a go. ...more
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Going into this I didn’t know what my expectations were since the character is foreign to me but after reading this you get a good feel of the character.

Animal man: the hunt - the life web is the connection to all life and the people/animals connected to the life web get the powers of connecting to animal life. When most people connected to the life web go to the red when they die there were some that strived for power named the rot. So when animal man’s daughter is threatened by the rot he has
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
A fairly interesting start to a much darker, more horror-tinged Animal Man incarnation for the New 52. I say "fairly interesting" because, well, not a whole lot happens in this book. It's almost entirely setup, including most of two issues devoted to Animal Man and his daughter just talking to some weirdos in another realm who explain the stakes of the series to them.

Those stakes are: there's something called The Rot, represented by The Hunters Three, a trio of vague and disgustingly-rendered Bi
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

I had no idea what this book was about when I got it. My dad told me the basics about Animal Man though: he can talk to animals and use any of their powers he wants. It sounded pretty cool, so when dad told me he really didn’t think I’d like it too much I wondered why. Now I know why. This book was not my thing at all, one of the first New 52 books I have thought was BAD.

Animal Man is a retired superhero who lives with his family and tries to be another normal
Dave Schaafsma
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this because I read Sweet Tooth and Essex County and Underwater Welder and much of all the other fabulous stuff Jeff Lemire is doing. This is one of the New 52 DC Comics Series, and its interesting and well written, thanks to Lemire, and Travel Foreman, the primary artist on the first volume. The idea was invented by Grant Morrison, apparently riffing off Alan Moore's Swamp Thing revisioning. So Lemire reinvents him, creates more of an origin and direction for him. The idea is this: If Sw ...more
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Jeff Lemire is a New York Times bestselling and award winning author, and creator of the acclaimed graphic novels Sweet Tooth, Essex County, The Underwater Welder, Trillium, Plutona, Black Hammer, Descender, Royal City, and Gideon Falls. His upcoming projects include a host of series and original graphic novels, including the fantasy series Ascender with Dustin Nguyen.

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