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Animal Man Vol. 1: The Hunt (The New 52) Paperback – May 8 2012
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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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The art is not my cup of tea, but it is a interesting style to say the leas.t
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.