Book Review – Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt

Animal Man, Vol. 1: The HuntAnimal Man, Vol. 1: The Hunt by Jeff Lemire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Probably one of the best of the New 52 books, this new Animal Man series takes Buddy baker and his family into a new, much darker world. Baker’s origin is tweaked, still paying homage to his “alien gift” powers while bringing him into a new conflict with a terrifying new villain. Rising from his original obscurity, and from his odd Vertigo book, Animal Man now stands strong in the darker corner of DC’s new continuity, one that is also populated by the classic character Swamp Thing.

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Posted on July 9, 2012, in Comics, Media, Personal, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I bought exactly the TP you reviewed because of all the hype surrounding this title, and I agree that Lemire series definitely is one of the best New 52 series. The detail I enjoyed more was the homelike atmosphere: I can’t tell you why, but it reminded me of Daria, an MTV cartoon I was deeply in love with when I was younger. And the decision of setting this series in a small town, instead of choosing a metropolis, is another detail that pushes Animal Man near to Daria (and to indie comics as well, since this is their typical setting – I bet this is not a coincidence). I’m not going to buy Animal Man regularly (I’m already doing this with Grifter and Nightwing, and I can’t afford to do it with a third series), but I will definitely buy the second TP when it comes out.
    As you can guess, Grifter and Nightwing are the New 52 series I am enjoying more. Nightwing was no surprise: the character is so interesting that it’s almost impossible not to do something good with him. I didn’t know Grifter before the New 52 had started, but now this series is at the top of my purchase list. Do you remember the action movies in the 90s? There was a Rambo – like leading character (usually played by Stallone himself, or by Schwarzenegger) forced to fight against innumerous enemies: any other man would have been doomed, but our hero, with his guns, muscles, fight techniques and (last but not least) brain, was always able to find a way out. Grifter has the same storyboard, it is the exact translation of those movies in the comic book language: no matter how many enemies he has to face and how complicated their plans are, you can be sure Grifter will find a solution to all his problems. The stories are easy but well written, and the art is simply explosive. Edmonson’s run was amazing, especially from the 4th issue on, and Liefeld’s one got off on the right foot, so I’m very satisfied with this series so far. It is definitely one of the best DC comics right now, so I can’t understand why it doesn’t sell: it should be at the top of the list of every comic book lover.

    • I would suggest picking up the Swamp Thing trades when they come out as well. It is also a great series and ties in closely with Animal Man.
      I also pick up Nightwing and Grifter, though I have not been as much of a fan of Grifter since Liefeld has been working on it.

      • Thank you for your advice, and congrats for your picks! I’ll definitely buy the Swamp Thing TP when it comes out. : )

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