3 thoughts on “This week’s issues.

  1. Animal Man is my favorite DC series (along with Green Arrow and Vibe).
    What makes Animal Man so special is the way Lemire deconstructs the superhero mythology. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

  2. Thanks for the comment wwayne! The rotworld crossover left a bad taste in my mouth for Animal Man. I didn’t read the book before that event and based on that experience I didn’t continue to pick it up. I’m glad you are enjoying it though.

    1. I didn’t read Rotworld yet, because I wait for the trade (as I do with most of the series I read), but you’re not the first blogger stating that Animal Man ceased to be good when that story arc started. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Thank you for your reply! : )

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