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Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt (The New 52) Paperback – May 8 2012

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Product Details

  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #123,424 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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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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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 family. The plot concerns The Red being invaded by The Rot, having already read Swamp Thing I understood the plot but here in Animal Man the whole premise of The Red, The Rot, and ever so slightly, The Green, is explained in full detail. These two books definitely need to be read together to get the whole story. One without the other is only half a tale. I like Buddy, but his wife is completely annoying. The art is totally whacked out. It's pretty gross with everyone's guts on the outside and veins and bloodstreams and things representative of life chains roaming around, nothing is perfectly clear, but it suits the theme of the book and pairs well with the psychedelic "green" life art in Swamp Thing. I'm certainly continuing with both these series which are totally unrelated to the DC Universe at this point but pretty cool horror-type stories.
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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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This trade paper back I found to be very good. It has a good story, but this is not for the faint of heart as it a gory heavy type comic. Animal Man is not for kids or people that like gore / horror type comics.
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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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