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Animal Man #3

February 7, 2012

(SPECIAL NOTE: I forgot to post this back in November, so here it is, presented as it would have been back then.)

As we enter the third issue on all of the New 52’s in November, this is really the week that will make or break some titles. I have a handful of titles that I am really excited to read every month, at the top of that list is Animal Man. Does the third issue deliver? Most definitely.

I will say that this was the first issue that really exposed a weakness to me. As Animal Man and “Animal Girl” enter the Red, we are briefly introduced to the main plot of this arc. Unfortunately, it all felt a little rushed and glossed over. It seemed Lemire was trying to forget/re-write Animal Man’s origin without really showing it to us*. I don’t mind re-writing his origin, but I wish this one part was handled a little better and not crammed into a panel or two.

*I read an interview with Lemire about this “new origin” which is quite justified, but still, I think the execution was a bit rushed. Read the full interview here.

Despite that slight problem, the rest of the book is left unscathed, with the writing and art still top-notch. Foreman’s really given full creative freedom here, with liquid flesh and muscles and bones and teeth spanning panels and pages, they are as horrifying as they are beautiful. Beyond Animal Man, I would love to see him get into more horror titles, and really lay off the reigns and go full-bore into weird wacky stuff that he is so adept at.

The focus of this issue is on two parties; Animal Man and his daughter Maxine in the Red, and Ellen and Cliff in the real world. Both story lines keep things interesting and exciting. Ellen and Cliff’s little side quest leaves them alone and trying to survive an encounter with one of the Hunter’s Three, showing that Ellen doesn’t rely on Buddy to save her all of the time. In the Red, we really get a sense of how little Animal Man is aware of his powers and his place within the larger picture, and how much he has left to learn. There is a much higher purpose here that elevates everything in the book. Animal Man is shaping up to be a big player in the DCU.

I continue my claim that this title is setting the bar for all of the New 52, and despite a few missteps, this issue certainly maintains it’s position as a must-buy.

Rating: 9/10

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Stuff I read: 8/29/07

September 1, 2007

This week was actually a kind of mix-up, as I missed some stuff from last week, but here we go…

The Walking Dead #40 & #41
The latest two issues actually were a bit of a break from the normal, as the cast settles into a life that isn’t nearly as threatening. While comparitively quiet to the rest of the series, the latest two help us get back to the characters and how they deal with a world of zombies. The final couple of pages in #41 are worth it too.

Invincible #45
Robert Kirkman’s Invincible is easily one of the better running stories in comics right now, both playing on the genre while also trying some new things. You can’t really say anything bad about this title, it’s just fun to read. This week we see some things starting to fall into place, and I can only think that Kirkman is setting up for an upcoming end to the series, which, while fun, has been lulling some in the last few reads. Although, Kirkman does seem unstoppable, and even his lulls are still interesting and fresh. Pick it up if you haven’t already.

Ex Machina: Masquerade Special This special issue is a flashback to back when Mayor Hundred was still the Great Machine. Illustrated by John Paul Leon (whose work on Earth X is easily one of my favorites), whose work here is quite welcome in the grittier story (sometimes Tony Harris’ work, while appropriate, can be a little too clean). I often enjoy BKV’s special issues, as they both allow for a single-shot story, but also other artists to come in and do something new. I enjoyed the issue quite a bit, and hope that we can get more of these specials more often.

World War Hulk: X-men #3
Hey, they survived. I don’t think I am spoiling anything by saying that, but the fight is still worth noting. The X-men have a strong case against an infuriated Hulk. It’s weird how much the X-men get sided nowadays, and aren’t really involved as integral to the Marvel Universe like they used to /should be. They deserve better, they deserve more, but they did survive the Hulk, so that’s something.