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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 8 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401235077
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401235079
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 0.7 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Travel Foreman's art is innovative and excellently creepy when it needs to be, and will hopefully get a lot of eyes as Lemire's everyman hero makes his mark in the new DC Universe.” – USA Today

“A profound meditation on consumer culture and the economy of disposability.” – PopMatters

Animal Man has the sensational Jeff Lemire at the helm.” – Entertainment Weekly

“A strange, dark fantasy book with unpredictable plots and fantastic art.” – Complex Magazine

“Haunting…Travel Foreman provides sleek, meticulous art that grounds the book in reality, and he uses inventive page layouts during the scenes in the Baker home to create visual excitement where the situations are less fantastic…Animal Man is just a cool, odd character, grounded in the real world but still very much a superhero.” – The Onion AV Club

“I don’t want to overhype it, but if you don’t love it from the very first page, you’re not human.” – MTV Geek

 “The best thing to come out of the DC relaunch. Absolutely knocked it out of the park…Gold stars for the creative team.” – io9

Visceral and intriguing.” – SFX

“This book sets the benchmark.” – Comic Book Resources

 “A great introduction to Animal Man for new readers, while also giving long-time fans something fresh to be excited about.” – IGN

“The character Jeff was meant to write. Lemire and Foreman did an amazing job.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Well-crafted and bold.” – iFanboy, Pick of the Week

Animal Man is one you can’t pass up.” – Bloody Disgusting, Pick of the Week

About the Author

Jeff Lemire is the creator of the acclaimed Essex County Trilogy, the Vertigo graphic novel The Nobody, and is the winner of a Xeric Award and YALSA Alex Award. He is currently the writer for DC Comics' Animal Man, Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E., and Vertigo/DC's Sweet Tooth. He has also previously written the Eisner-nominated Superboy.

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I read the first 15 issues or so and tried really tried to like this because of the Red/Green/Rot story, but the characters, art, and writing don't appeal to me at all. Maybe I was spoiled by how fantastic a job Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette did with Swamp Thing.

I was really looking forward to seeing things from the perspective of the Red. While I enjoy the Red/Green/Rot story, the art and characters in Animal Man just don't appeal to me at all. It's actually more about his daughter (oh joy, the "little girl with unstoppable power" story, that's never been done before) and the majority of the story revolves around his family life. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for "dudebro flies around punching things", it's just annoying when the main character's actions usually involve being a confused bystander to family drama (also the role his wife plays usually, confused bystander).

I could better stomach my disappointment with the story if the art appealed to me, but it's surprisingly bad in many places, certainly disappointing after how great Swamp Thing was. The color palette is very limited and mostly solid blocks of skin tone on a couple different background tones. There's very little shading, and just generally not enough color variety. Night time scenes are often as bright as daytime. Some drawings look like they were done in pencil then stretched digitally with ugly results. I do like the grit in places, and the twisted depictions of flesh and animals are definitely the highlight. I think it could all look much better if the coloring wasn't just solid fills from a limited palette.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J.D.S on July 28 2012
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Animal Man vol.1 the Hunt, is a great read. Definitely a worthwhile purchase to anyone considering it. The story definitely carries the book, the character development is amazing. Jeff Lemaire clearly has done a great job. The story of the red, is a great introduction to "The Dark" part of the new 52 world. My advice will not to be thrown , by the title Animal Man, and the fact the character is not as established as others, this book is amazing.

The art is not my cup of tea, but it is a interesting style to say the leas.t
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By abhisek on May 14 2014
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Pretty good, does not entice the reader in every word. It's still amazing to read and it's a good starter comic.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
We're all Animals May 11 2012
By Slim Cat - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume contains issues 1-6 of DC comics, Animal Man, part of the new 52 relaunch that started in September 2011.

Animal Man is Buddy Baker, a man given the power to take on the characteristics of any living animal on our planet. This trait gave him a unique perspective on the creatures of our planet leading him to giving up eating meat and being a vocal animal rights activist. Buddy lives in San Diego with his wife Ellen, and two kids, Cliff and Maxine. Buddy is semi-retired from the superhero business and was never really a big hitter like some of the icons of the DC universe (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, Flash just to name a few) and was a Hollywood stuntman and even started an acting career in independent films.

One night, when Buddy decides to play superhero again, he has a very bizarre reaction. Also, his daughter Maxine starts to show signs that she is her father's daughter with some disturbing powers of her own. This leads the Baker family on a journey into the Red, the source of Buddy and Maxine's powers, as well as the embodiment of the life force for all living animal life on earth. The Red is being threatened by the Rot, the embodiment of un-life, the force that wants to feed on all life.

Jeff Lemire does an amazing job at reintroducing Animal Man that old fans can appreciate and new fans can ease in to. He does take influence from previous writers and their great runs (Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan, Jamie Delano) but this is a fresh start for the Baker family and the Animal Man mythos and terrific one at that. Taking a "has-been" of a superhero and pitting him in a fight against the forces of life and death is monumental but Lemire does a great job of not making this battle too overwhelming and gives a great supporting cast to care, fear, and root for.

Travel Foreman's art is visceral, sometimes overly surreal, and above all fantastic! The content he draws can get pretty unnerving and seem too graphic for some. A lot of "flesh horror" where people's and animal's bodies and organs are twisted and contorted in ways that reminded me of 80's style horror movies. David Cronenberg and Clive Barker come to mind. View at your own discretion. John Paul Leon's art in the final chapter/issue is superb as well as a nice break in the action but reflects a subconscious concern of our protagonist.

This is a great story for superhero and horror fans alike, but with not an overdose of each element. This book is a sign to a DC fan like me that this "relaunch" is a GREAT thing. Bring on Animal Man's sister title Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones (The New 52) and the next volume of Animal Man!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Something Totally New Sept. 19 2011
By Paige Turner - Published on Amazon.com
Animal Man is one of the best of the DC "New 52." Since most of us don't have the baggage of knowledge of old Animal Stories, the task of re-booting the story is admittedly easier than the challenges facing the Superman re-boot.

LeMire delivers! Animal Man, a former super-hero, is now an animal activist struggling with the challenges of being a family man. It all takes a turn when he has a horrific nightmare...

The artwork for this title is perfect for the subject matter. The detailed nightmare scenes perfectly convey the story. I don't know how they'll be able to keep this book on schedule- this artist must be on some serious stimulants.

Inventive, solid story, fresh art style, atypical hero with character development and story twists.

A must-read of the DC New 52.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful April 24 2012
By N. Durham - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Echoing Grant Morrison's now classic and influential run on Animal Man over 20 years ago, Animal Man's place in DC's New 52 is a horrifying place indeed. The first collected storyarc of the new series, entitled "The Hunt", finds Buddy Baker a semi-retired costumed hero who works as an animal activist and actor. Things are going fine for Buddy and his family, until he learns of some terrifying secrets regarding his powers, as well as secrets involving his four-year old daughter Maxine. I don't want to spoil anything, but the end results are chilling, creepy, and make for compulsively addictive reading. Writer Jeff Lemire manages to inject enough the everyman aspect into Animal Man's presentation while combining the proceedings with some surprising no-holds-barred horror elements as well. All of this is made better by Travel Foreman's wonderfully creepy artwork. All in all, this new take on Animal Man is one of the best things to come out of the new DC Universe thus far, and it wholeheartedly deserves your time and attention.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The Beast Unleashed May 21 2012
By Ken Fontenot - Published on Amazon.com
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DC's New 52 was met with both criticism and joy when it released last year. Many of the titles in the release were disappointing, but "Animal Man," written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Travel Foreman, is one of a small handful of titles that actually lived up to expectations. "Animal Man" isn't as widely known as many of DC's other heroes, which might have actually helped this title be such a breath of fresh air when compared to other New 52 titles.

Personally I had never even heard of Animal Man until I was offered this volume of issues #1-#6 of the New 52 era through Amazon Vine. I decided to give it a whirl and have to admit that I am now a fan of Buddy Baker, aka Animal Man. His power allows him to call on the different traits of animals (I'm assuming there's no limit to which animal traits he can call on) and use them to fight for justice. He takes on some of the physical traits of the animals that he calls upon as well.

In this version of his story, Jeff Lemire shows us an Animal Man who is more content with leading protests and heading up animal rights campaigns instead of slugging it out with baddies on the streets of San Diego. His young daughter, on the other hand, wants to be a fighter just like her father used to be. The only scary thing about it all is that Animal Man knows that his daughter's power is even greater than his.

When his daughter starts to flex her animalistic muscle, it attracts the attention of an ancient evil that plans to use her to bring down the entire world. This volume ends with Animal Man and his family fleeing this ancient evil, setting up a showdown in later issues of the comic.

Travel Foreman brings gore to the forefront with his illustrations in this volume. If you're squeamish or can't handle rotting corpses or zombie-like creations, stay away. I had my doubts about this book when I first got it and flipped through the pages, as the artwork leads one to believe that this is nothing more than a blood and guts goofest. However, Lemire makes the story work amidst all of the gore.

Overall, I'm excited to see how this tale ends. The ending left things wide open, and hysteria is chomping at the bit.

Recommended, although only for older audiences, as some of the action might scare youngsters.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful and creepy Animal Man New 52 May 3 2012
By By Mark Braun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Lemire and Foreman's New 52 relaunch of the marginally-read series gets beautifully illustrated and a scary-great look. This time, Animal Man's younger daughter finds herself exhibiting her own, creepy abilities, and "The Red" calling out for something. As Buddy's family twists to outrun this newer, bigger terror, there is no escape, or solution, to a new reality for them. More horror than superhero, it is a wonderful trip back to when Warren published Creepy and Eerie, filled with top talent. Darkly intense, Animal Man's family tales of reanimating pieces of dead pets is adult, and can't-put-down stuff. This collected first volume of Buddy Baker's bizarre odyssey begs to be examined slowly, each panel well-thought out and as perfectly executed as a David Lynch nightmare.

Animal Man has really, really evolved into a gorgeous freakfest.


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