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Animal Man, Volume 3: Rotworld: The Red Kingdom

(Animal Man (2011) #3)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,232 ratings  ·  89 reviews
The world has fallen to the Rot!
Animal Man, a.k.a. Buddy Baker and Swamp Thing form an uneasy alliance as they find that after facing down the undead forces of Anton Arcane that the world has fallen deep into a decrepit future where the world is consumed into a withering land of decay. The two heroes travel the decimated planet, scrounging up misfit crimefighters, whose ap
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 4th 2013 by DC Comics
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Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Well, at least Animal Man's side of the Rotworld crossover was easier for me to read than Swamp Thing's.
But I didn't really like either one, so that's still not saying much. At least volume 3 was better than (my opinion) Animal Man, Vol. 2: Animal vs. Man. And by better I just mean that I was a bit more engaged in the story.
The tone of this (view spoiler) was simply too depressing for me.
Although in all fairness, the cover says that it
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
***Green Theme Buddy Read with the Shallows...The Green is more Swampy's territory, but it's part of the trifecta with the Red and the Rot, and they're all ya. Plus Swamp Thing. Oh and a Green Lantern shows up, plus Green Arrow has a panel.***

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Well...that was...terrible. Dark and depressing, I won't be surprised if Buddy Baker becomes a raging alcoholic pill popper. Rot world was a crossover on the Dark-horror edge of the DCU spectrum....Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Black O
James DeSantis
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally, the first volume I actually loved.

Listen, I get it, crossovers can be annoying. This one worked though, for me anyway, and you know why? It's self contained, and works well even if you just read this volume.

So together Animal Man and Swamp Thing go into the Rotworld. They get lost below and come out a year later with the entire world overrun by the Rot. This is a very interesting world just because most heroes we know are not filled with Rot. From Flash to Superman, watching our favor
Dec 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: dcu
This was a pretty solid collection of the Rotworld event from the animal kingdom side of the story.

I really enjoyed the artwork and some of the horrific imagery that was used to tell the story; in fact, the artwork has been fairly consistent throughout the entire Lemire run of Animal Man. I felt the stakes were placed very high for our hero even though the conflict wasn't fully realized. Sadly, it all felt too familiar and formulaic. There were some good opportunities to really break away from
C. Varn
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I will spare you the spoilers, but the arc begins strong and has real stakes and consequences at its end. The cross-over between Swampthing and Animal Man makes logical sense and fits the re-working of the metaphysics in the New 52. However, Lemire seems to lose the thread in the middle about what makes Animal Man different from other comics: it was not just the metaphysics of the Green, the Red, and the Rot. A metaphysics that frankly feels a little lifted from 1990s White Wolf games. Animal Ma ...more
William Thomas
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well this was... bad.

Just when I was beginning to think Lemire could do no wrong, it appears that I was incorrect. With everything at your disposal, with Buddy Baker, one of the most powerful cape in the DCU, this is what you give me? A time travel story?

See, the problem I have with time travel stories is that at the end of the day they are absolutely worthless. There are no repercussions for the characters involved, because, inevitably, those repercussions are erased by the writer during the
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Well well, this was very amusable, entertaining, but still not really what I was hoping for..
The story was brought very well, but the contents didn't completely sat right with me - (view spoiler)

Okay, first time I did a spoiler I guess :D
Feels good :p

Nevertheless I had fun reading this, seeing all the rotten heroes give their all ..
Glad they were able to stop the Rot. Hope Buddy will be able to be okay without his powers. RIP Cliff. The Rot is disgusting.
Quentin Wallace
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I have to say this was pretty impressive. We got cool post apocalyptic storyline mixed in with a suspenseful "real world" storyline. There were several new versions of DC characters involved, Swamp Thing plays a major part, and there's a major death as well. There's also a huge character change near the end. Even though there was a bit of deus ex machina going on, it worked in the context of this story. This was probably the best Animal Man story I've read, although I know some Grant Mo
Reprints Animal Man (2) #12-19 and Swamp Thing (5) #12 and #17 (October 2012-June 2013). Animal Man and Swamp Thing take their battle directly to the Rot. Unfortunately, Swamp Thing and Animal Man discover they’ve walked into a trap and that Arcane has won. Now, the world is under the Rot’s control and Animal Man finds himself in a desperate attempt to reunite with Swamp Thing and stop Arcane. If Animal Man can succeed in freeing the world, his life could still be changed forever!

Written by Jeff
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
The most enjoyable Animal Man volume so far, mostly due to the fact that this story rips Buddy Baker away from his unbearable family and sets him off on a solo quest to save the world and return to them. That doesn't mean it's good, but it's definitely the most readable of them all.

Unfortunately, the story just isn't all that fresh or thrilling. As I mentioned in my review of Swamp Thing Deluxe Edition, which this directly crosses over with, the third act of this story of Animal Man & Swamp Thin
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books, new-52
Jeff Lemire hasn't ended his recent story arcs well, he does begin them well though.

I don't know where the fault lies on this one, Lemire or Snyder, but DC's events are a serious drain on any sort of core narrative that might have existed in the individual series. Take Gail Simone's Batgirl for example:
-groundwork is provided for sociopathic brother plot.
-informed of Joker's-Return-Batman-Event.
-Joker is now the lead villain.
-brother plot exists in the background when it is suddenly rushed into
Joshua Adam Bain
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Since this book was a crossover with both Swamp Thing and Animal Man I thought I would save time and just write a review for the story as a whole.

To put it simply, I loved this story arc. It was dark, emotional, well scripted and full of action. Snyder's run of Swamp thing has made this title one of my favourites of the N52. And this team up with Jeff Lemire made the conclusion end with one hell of a bang. In both the Red and Green books in the Rotworld title share issues, but we also get to see
Oz Barton
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Well, the current run of Animal Man had been unfolding as a horror story, and while that's a broad departure from the existential but surprisingly normal Buddy Baker I first fell for, I have to admit that, in this new capacity, it was pretty intense and gave me weird dreams. Creepy and visceral and cosmic — something worth reading.

But this volume?

It kind of goes off the deep end of pure, ridiculous comic pulp, which can best be summed up by three words:

(view spoiler)
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now this is a crossover - only two books merging, and they are similar in tone, with characters that have always been related to each other (Animal Man and Swamp Thing), although lots of other characters show up in some form or another. A Massive dystopian world in the near future, where the rot has overwhelmed the red and the green, leaving only a few heroes struggling to survive. The story is epic, so even though you know from the beginning that everything is going to be fixed (there's no way ...more
Shannon Appelcline
So here's this comic's problem: nothing happens of note for 8 full issues out of this 10-issue collection. That's the fault of the whole Rotworld crossover which is a big obstacle dropped straight in the way of the comic's storyline. Swamp Thing and Animal Man go to an alternate future and do lots of pointless fighting and then they return from an alternate future ... and only then does the storyline actually continue.

That's a pity, because there's plenty to like in this volume: Lemire's writing
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
Final battles are epic and usually pretty satisfying, but the alternate future of Rotworld is a depressing story arc that combined Animal Man's personal journey to save his family and Swamp Thing's quest to save the woman he loves. Both of these heroes failed at the start of this volume and were forced to fight an uphill battle to reclaim the world they loss. Unfortunately, this book only contains Swamp Thing's satisfying conclusion and leaves Buddy's reunion with his family to the following vol ...more
Douglas Gibson
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was enjoying this run, but not loving it, even though many dudes in my comic book group state this is the best title in all New 52. I was going to return this volume to the library and complete the run after reading some more pressing titles. Something told me to go ahead and read this and not return it, and I am glad I did because I really liked it. Although the story continues to have this supernatural element of the green, the red, the rot, that isn't really my thing in superhero comics, th ...more
Stephen Newell
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The better half of the rotworld crossover! Animal man is really starting to grow on me after this. He contrasts with your usual characters like superman in one way: when the world is falling all around him, he's not making a corny pitch about saving humanity; he doesn't care. He just wants to save his family. For someone with animal powers, that a very human response. Well done to Jeff on the writing. This is a crossover that works. Only reason I wouldn't give this a full 5 stars is the art. It ...more
Roberto Diaz
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A culmination of the first trilogy of volumes, this 10 chapter epic finale (including 2 chapters of Swamp Thing book that are tied to the story) is a very well done horror/adventure trip to the darker parts of the DCU during the New52. Everyone at risk, and with the whole world lost, this one is a very different "animal" than anything done until that point in this era of DC. Higly recommended for horror/action/superhero fans. ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ties so well with rest of series

Loving this animal man series. Stories fantastic with brilliant linking to other hero's. The link to the red, green and rot is so well done you can see how it mixes with all story lines in the DC universe.

Can't give it perfect as a couple issues had different artists which felt let it down but over all great.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brutal. I wasn't ready for how this hit me emotionally. I wasn't planning on reading past this crossover with Swamp Thing, but now I just have to know where the story of Buddy Baker and his family will go next. ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-comics
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S.M.M. Lindström
Well, that was a lot of super depressing stuff that immediately got retconned, as expected. Makes me not so invested in the last "twist" of this book. All in all, rather filler and predictable. ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Evokes the best aspects of DC’s pre-Vertigo mature readers comics. A legitimate horror comic.
superhero fan
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really good, so glad I finally had the time to finish it, highschool takes a lot of time away
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic end to the Rotworld story. Really enjoyed it.
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Another interesting idea crossing over lots of cool characters which devolves into not much more than endless fighting. We've got Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Constantine, Frankenstein, Beast Boy and others banding together, but the result is just a huge battle against scary monsters and zombie versions of DC heroes. The whole thing is gloppy, messy and ultimately quite tedious. Some of the horror aspects are effective, but there was just too much damn fighting. I wanted to love this but in the end, ...more
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Um. This volume was actually quite dull.
Michael Church
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dc-comics
This is like popcorn fodder at the movies. It's a lot of fun and it's great to look at, but there's not a whole lot under the surface. Of course, this was the payoff for everything else so far in the series. The action picks up quickly and delivers plenty of great moments.

I love the team building aspect of this story. Some new characters are introduced to the New 52 and it's nice to see them. However, Steel's backstory, among others, leaves something to be desired. And does Steel still happen b
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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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