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Animal Man Gets Cancelled With #29

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One of the gems to come out of the New 52 DC Comics relaunch was Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man, but now the series will end with March’s issue #29.

It’s unknown if sales was a factor in ending the book, but Jeff Lemire offers that he was done telling the story and Animal Man will move over to his Justice League Canada title.

Lemire offered the following on his blog:

My run as the writer of Animal Man, and the series itself, will come to an end with March’s Issue 29, an issue which I will both write and draw along with Travel Foreman.

As sad as I am to be finished writing the solo stories of Buddy, Maxine, Ellen and Cliff,  I am also excited to announce that I will continue to write the monthly adventures of Animal Man when he becomes regular member of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE book I am writing.

After finishing the script for #29, I felt I had completed the story I wanted to tell with the Baker family and thought it was a perfect ending for the series.  The best way for me to explore new things with the character would be to move him to a team setting and shakeup his status quo, DC agreed, and the Animal Man series will end with my final issue in March.

And:

I’d also like to thank DC Comics for allowing me to finish my story on my own terms, the way I wanted it to end.

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July’s Batman, Superman Braniac, & Flash Annual with Green Lantern Revealed

DC Comics released a batch of solicits for their July Annuals where we see on the cover of The Flash Annual #2, Green Lantern.

We also see Braniac on Superman Annual #2.

Here are the solicits and covers for the July Annuals:

 

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ANIMAL MAN ANNUAL #2

Written by JEFF LEMIRE

Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T+

Still reeling from the shocking death of his son, Buddy Baker is taking his grief out on the world around him. But in this special story, learn how the bonds of family can be stronger than the forces of evil—even when that evil is a horde of massive, slavering spiders!

 

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BATMAN ANNUAL #2

Written by SCOTT SNYDER

Art by AARON LOPRESTI

Cover by JOCK

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

A special ZERO YEAR tie-in! Bruce Wayne’s first year as the Dark Knight has just barely begun…and already dangerous elements are coalescing, leading Bruce toward his final destiny.

 

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DETECTIVE COMICS ANNUAL #2

Written by JOHN LAYMAN

Art by SCOT EATON and JAIME MENDOZA

Cover by ANDY CLARKE

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

It’s a terrible, dangerous time to be a cop in Gotham City. At a time when police are being targeted for assassination, Gotham’s Finest also face a threat from within, as a shape-changing identity thief has infiltrated the GCPD and threatens to destroy it from within. Will he unravel the mystery behind this secretive killer before he loses any more of the few allies he has left on the force?

 

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THE FLASH ANNUAL #2

Written by BRIAN BUCCELLATO

Backup story written by NICOLE DUBUC

Art by SAMI BASRI

Backup story art by CULLY HAMNER

Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

Find out how The Flash and Green Lantern first met when a case they teamed up together to solve years ago rears its head again in the present! It involves a foe neither of them can defeat on their own, and they might not have much luck together either! The outcome of this will affect The Flash for years to come… Plus, a backup story by Nicole Dubuc (the Young Justice cartoon)!

 

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SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2

Written by SCOTT LOBDELL and FRANK HANNAH

Art by PASCALE ALIXE

Cover by ANDY KUBERT

On sale JULY 31 • 48 pg, FC, $4.99 US • RATED T

What repercussions lurk beneath the surface from Brainiac’s first attack—and how does it all set the stage for the battle of Metropolis? Plus, how can the Man of Steel fight something he can’t physically stop!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for 3/6/2013

 

The Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

This is a “quick pick” look at the Top 5 comics that EVERYONE should be reading this week! Whether it’s rife with characterization, filled with emotional strife, has a bevy of high octane battle sequences or is just a plain ol’ great read — these books belong at the “Top Of The Pile!”

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1.  Hellboy: In Hell #4 (Dark Horse): Mike Mignola’s triumphant return to art chores on his creator owned character, Hellboy, has sent fans into a frenzy for this book! Mix in a deep, dark look at the history of where Hellboy truly came from and you have one of the best looking and powerfully story driven books on the racks today. 

 

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2. Green Arrow #18 (DC): Jeff Lemire’s second issue of the floundering series, Green Arrow, has turned the book and it’s fan base on it’s head! Taking away everything Oliver Queen ever had as a crutch in his life, has made the character one that fans can now empathize with and root for. Lemire has pulled away all the pomp and flashiness that muddled this series and has created a book that is streamlined, gut-wrenching and completely enthralling! Become a fan all over again — today!

 

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3. Animal Man #18 (DC): Jeff Lemire hits the Top of the Pile for the second time this week with a harrowing tale that will change Buddy Baker’s world forever! After surviving a horrible possible future, Buddy gets a second chance to set the world right. Too bad not everyone will be able to see this new, brighter future! Jae Lee’s fantastic cover DOES NOT lie, folks! This one’s a doozy!

 

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4. Shadowman #5 (Valiant): Justin Jordan has put his new Shadowman character through the ringer in the first four issues! Well, now it’s time to learn more about the past and just what a Shadowman is. New characters [ like the return of Dr. Mirage after twenty years!] and ancient, deadly foes are introduced as well, creating the perfect amount of drama and intrigue. A fantastic read and the perfect jumping on point for any reader wishing that their comics were laced with perfection!

 

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5. Superior Spider-Man #5 (Marvel): Dan Slott has finally done what I have been hoping for since this book debuted — he pushed the character over the edge! Yes, this “new” Peter Parker might think he is superior but he just did the one thing the old Peter would never do and things will never be the same again! Let the roulette wheel of fun begin and let’s see how drastic Slott will change the status of Spider-Man in the Marvel U.! This one goes out with a BANG!

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Frankenstein of Earth Has Displayed Great Courage! New Green Lantern?!

Loved Jeff Lemire’s Frankestein A.G.E.N.T. of Shade.

It’s good that Frank continues to pop up in other DC books and the latest has the revived dead man appearing in Scott Snyder’s Animal Man #17.

Long story short, a GL was freed from “The Rot” who eventually bites it. Well, his ring chooses another and it’s — Frankenstein!!

Green Lantern Frankenstein?!

DC revealed the page from Animal Man #17 that showed Frank getting chosen.

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DC Comics Reveals First Batch of Zero Month Covers: Superman, Green Lantern, Batman, 10 more

DC Comics revealed a first look at the final versions of the covers for the first week of September’s “Zero Month.”

We see the final covers for Superman, Green Lantern, Batman Detective Comics, Earth 2, Animal Man, Green Arrow, Phantom Stranger, Stormwatch, Swamp Thing, Worlds Finest, G.I Combat and Dial.

These become available September 5th.

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for August 1st, 2012

 

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

( A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER! )

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies! Forget that “apple a day” nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five books of the week!

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1. Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch (One-shot):  Every time Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson grace us with a story of these P.I. pups (and cat), it is thoroughly moving and exceptionally eerie! This one-shot even gives us a reprint of the tale, “The View From the Hill”; a truly wonderful tale that still creeps me out! 

2. The Boys #69 :  Garth Ennis is literally blowing the doors off of his creation that is so foul, DC didn’t want to be associated with it after six issues! This one sees Butcher move against his former teammates in a way that will shock you! Only two more issues to go!

3. Daredevil #16 :  Slow to start, this issue has a crescendo ending that will leave a serious division between Matt and “Foggy”! The “happy, go lucky” Daredevil days are over! Thank you!

4. Harvest #1 :  This book shows just how desperate someone can become, in order to regain that which they have lost. Medical depravity with no moral compass, this one will have you thanking your HMO!

5. Animal Man #12 & Swamp Thing #12 : That’s right, folks — a double header! The crossover of the century begins here and you can’t read just one! The “Rotworldprologue starts in Animal Man and continues in Swamp Thing, both books have been outstanding since the beginning and it continues here!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for May 30th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

 

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies! Forget that “apple a day nonsense”, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five titles of the week!

 

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1. The Walking Dead #98  : If I told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times, when Kirkman uses red covers â€” bad things happen! This is a biggie, folks! Do not miss this issue or YOU will have “Something To Fear”! Check out my review here!

2.  Supercrooks #3  : Mark Millar’s homage to Ocean’s Eleven — with a twist, continues here! Just as the team gets back together, they find out who their “mark” is. This ones going to be waaaay tougher than they thought! Great book!

3.  Batman Annual #1  : You think Scott Snyder has created an amazing version of Batman, wait till you get a load of his Mr. Freeze! Completely twisted with a shocking ending, Snyder throws out all you thought you knew and carves a new niche for himself in the Batman mythos! Amazing! Check out my full review here!

4.  Animal Man Annual #1  :  This is a great “down time” issue, that lets us see the first battle that teamed a Swamp Thing and an Avatar of the Red together! Creepy and engrossing, this one paves the way for the war with the Rot!

5.  X-Men Legacy #267  :   An Avengers Vs. X-Men tale that actually has a complete battle set up in a single issue â€” without roping you into buying more books! This is a great Rogue-centric tale that is all about control and when to lose it! One phrase can sum up this book â€” Rogue Smash Puny Avengers! Fantastic stuff! Don’t believe me, check out my review here!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for May 2nd, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription to good health starts with these top five titles of the week!  

 

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1.  X-O Manowar #1:  Valiants’ back and they mean to take names this time around! Dive on in to a new era of cosmic awesomeness brought to you the Valiant way! Check out my full advanced review here!

2.  Worlds’ Finest #1:  Power Girl and Huntress make a triumphant return to the New 52! Their names may sound familiar but these gals are not your mommas heroines! See my full review here and make way for the “Second Wave”!

3.  Animal Man #9:  If Buddy Baker is dead, than who is Buddy Baker? And who is that on the last page? Vertigo fans can rejoice again as Jeff Lemiere’s cavalcade of chaos continues to roll! Missed this amazing series? Get the trade today!

4.  Swamp Thing #9:  You didn’t think I could do this list without adding Scott Snyder on it, did you? Just as Swamp Thing gains an unforeseen ally, something sinister lurks from the pits of the past! Always a great read! 

5.  Age of Apocalypse #3:  Just because you may have been brought back from the dead, doesn’t mean the X-Terminated won’t put you down again! Tons of A.O.A. characters come crashing back but it’s the one at the end of the book that has me geared up for next month the most! Something might get SMASHED!

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Animal Man #11 Cover Revealed; A Must Buy Series!

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1231:]]If Animal Man is not on your pull list you just can’t call yourself a fan of comic books or even a reader. It’s that simple!

So in order to become one of the cool kids — either go grab today’s Animal Man #8 or pick up some back issues (if you can find them!), or you can even read them online through DC’s App, and at a discounted rate.

Jeff Lemire has become one of the breakout writers from not only the New 52 relaunch, but all of comicdom!

Our own Chris “DOC” Bushley had the following to say in today’s review:

Jeff Lemire has become one of my favorite writers since he began his quest to re-envision Animal Man, and take a great character back its roots. His ideas are disturbing and seep into your consciousness as you read along his winding tale of destruction. It is not the shock value that hits you the hardest, it is the knowledge that when you close your eyes — his horrific creations will be there smiling at you from the depths of the dark! There is a richness to his tales, one that will have you believe the bond between the Baker family will inevitably keep them safe, but in actuality, the only inevitable thing is complete chaos! 

Is Animal Man at the top of your pull list? What comics of the DC New 52 are? Let us know in the comments below!

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Review: Animal Man #8

The Rot has come knocking at the door for Buddy Baker and his family — literally! They are drawn to the pure power of Buddy’s daughter Maxine, and will not surrender until she has become one with them. Even though Buddy will do everything in his power to stop their evil, will it be enough to keep everyone safe? Unfortunately — no.

Jeff Lemire has become one of my favorite writers since he began his quest to re-envision Animal Man, and take a great character back its roots. His ideas are disturbing and seep into your consciousness as you read along his winding tale of destruction. It is not the shock value that hits you the hardest, it is the knowledge that when you close your eyes — his horrific creations will be there smiling at you from the depths of the dark! There is a richness to his tales, one that will have you believe the bond between the Baker family will inevitably keep them safe, but in actuality, the only inevitable thing is complete chaos! 

This issue is a complete game changer for Buddy and Maxine, which in turn, makes it one for the entire DCU as well! Two shocking things happen in this issue, one held solely for Buddy while the other will have dire consequences for Maxine. Though I will not spoil Lemire’s tale by divulging more than necessary, I will say that I am extremely pleased Travel Foreman had the chance to draw the most gut-wrenching one before he left the book. You will be missed, sir!

Part two of “Animal vs. Man” will leave you gasping for air and beaming with pride that you had the foresight to pick up one of the best books on the shelves every month! Can Maxine still use her power to talk to animals when they are corrupted by the Rot? Is Buddy truly more than just a pawn in the eyes of the Red? You will find out both answers here — and you won’t believe how bad it can get!

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for April 4th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

 

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these books to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription for good health starts with these top five titles of the week!

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1205:]]1. Daredevil #10.1:  The” Point One” initiative, is Marvel’s way of making introductory issues for new readers to enjoy and learn about characters they may have not read yet. If you were ever curious as to why Daredevil keeps getting the push from Marvel, this issue more than proves why one blind guy is a total badass! Plus, it is a perfect lead-in to the “Omega Effect” crossover that will encompass Avenging Spider-Man, The Punisher and Daredevil!

2. Swamp Thing #8:  Scott Snyder finally reveals his vision of the Swamp Thing to the New 52! Wings, root blades — I have never seen a vegetable look so awesome! Get reading this book now before everything goes to Rot!

3. Animal Man #8:  Jeff Lemire’s “Red” to Snyder’s “Green,” will give you chills every time you turn the page! This one is a complete game changer to the “Animal vs. Man” storyline, and two characters will never be the same again! I love death in comics! Check out my full review.

4. Age of Apocalypse #2:  David Lapham brings the nineties back again — and it’s one hell of a ride! Original A.O.A. fans will be more than pleased by the shocking ending and all the cool tidbits that are thrown in! Plus, the return of — Cyclops! Wait! Isn’t he dead? I repeat — I love death in comics!

5. The Boys #65: Garth Ennis has always been known to have an uncanny ability to shock readers. As he enters the last round of this over the top book, the shocks become bigger and bigger! Here’s a little clue: What would the military really do if a team like the Avengers existed and they weren’t as nice as they are in the movies? A couple thousand rounds of armor piercing bullets can probably answer the question for ya! For the final time — I really love death in comics!

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Review: Animal Man #7

Steve Pugh makes his triumphant return to Animal Man after a seventeen year hiatus! 

Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman have created a brilliant book that pushes the boundaries of what is to be expected of a comic book. Every month, this dramatic team has crafted something more awe inspiring than the last. Now, sadly, we are given the last issue that Travel Foreman will draw for Animal Man. For personal reasons, that we detailed in an article before, Travel will be stepping in on art chores for Birds of Prey. Though I wish him luck on his new endeavor, I will sorely miss his distinct style. 

Now, on to the book! This has been one of my favorite issues so far. While being on the run from the pursuing Rot, we get the chance to feel the family dynamic of the Bakers. From the mother-in-law’s speech about how insane all of their lives have become, to the bond that resides between Buddy and his son; Lemire has truly brought a weight to these characters that makes us genuinely fear for their lives. The sense of dread is palpable on every page, but it is the dream sequence that makes this issue truly stand out! Being a huge Vertigo fan, I was overjoyed at the characters used to portray the horrific future that awaits our hero and his family. Especially a certain mage with a smoking addiction!

Lemire has set his Animal Man on a collision course with Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing and the winner will be all of us! Horror books have never been done this well before! Smart, engaging and repulsive all at the same time, Animal Man will instantly become one of your top books every month.  

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The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile for March 7th, 2012

The “DOC’s” Top Of The Pile

By: Chris “DOC” Bushley

(A weekly quick pick of the five titles that should reside at the top of your pull list. In no particular order!)

 

I do the research, you reap the reward! Before you head out to your favorite shop today, be sure to add these five titles to your list of goodies. Forget that apple a day nonsense, this “DOC’s” prescription for good health starts with these top five books of the week!

 

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1.  Supurbia #1 (of 4):  BOOM! Studios new mini about the inner workings of a super hero community and all the secrets it holds, hits stands today! Be one of the first to get a glimpse of how “real” things can get! Check out my advanced review here for all the details!

2.  Animal Man #7:  Jeff Lemiere’s tale of Buddy Baker’s quest against the demonic Rot, has been some of the best stories on the shelves each month! But this issue’s dream sequence brings some very Vertigo-esque characters into the fold, bald Constantine anyone?

3. Swamp Thing #7:  Alec Holland has failed the Parliament of Trees and now all is lost! Unless, there is a way to summon the Swamp Thing! Scott Snyder’s collision course with Jeff Lemiere’s Animal Man takes a giant leap in this issue!

4. Age Of Apocalypse #1:  Stemming from the pages of Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-Force, A.O.A., follows the quest of the X-Terminated against the tyrannical Weapon Omega! Any A.O.A. fan must get this book! The final page reveal is worth it alone!

5. Fairest #1:  From the pages of Fables, Bill Willingham’s new book that focuses on the fairer sex debuts today! Any Fables fan will thoroughly enjoy the tales of characters that have been lost from the regular series. Plus, cosmic fans will definitely recognize the inker — Andy Lanning!

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First Look At Steve Pugh’s Animal Man #7; Travel Foreman Comments On Departure

Earlier today we found out that Travel Foreman had been moved off Animal Man, only to be put on Birds of Prey.

To be honest, I am a bit upset with that decision as I love what Foreman has done with Animal Man.

See, I would have never thought of picking up a book like Animal Man if it wasn’t for the New 52 reboot. Animal Man was a welcome change to my usual list of comics to say the least!

And that is in part because of Foreman’s art.

Now, I’m not familiar with Steve Pugh, and a quick Google search reveals some amazing pages as well. 

But still, guess, I’m just loyal to the creators I dig. In addition, with Animal Man being such a success I really hoped to see what Lemire and Foreman were going to bring us down the road — especially with the upcoming Swamp Thing crossover. 

Update: Travel Foreman posted the following over at the CBR Boards about his move from Animal Man:

I just want to chime in briefly, because everyone here has been so supportive of the book and because there’s so much behind the scenes stuff that goes on with these books… I read a lot of comics and I too get confused about whats going on in some books and ultimately feel like we’re getting a raw deal sometimes.

The change on Animal Man boils down to the reason I was on the book to begin with, which was that I needed to take on a job after my mother died (to deal with the financial end of someone being sick for a while and then passing) and Animal Man was the only thing DC was going to let me do. Which in any other time frame would have been perfect. But really the context of me dealing with the death of my mom and drawing the kind of content in Animal Man just burned me out sooner than I thought.

I had hoped to stay on the book until at least the spring so that the artist I wanted to replace me was free from his commitments, but I would have ultimately just dragged the book down if I did, because it was becoming harder and harder to concentrate on the work.

Steve was bending over backwards on his fill-ins to keep the book on schedule so you have to keep that in consideration. Really, he won’t skip a beat once he’s doing the book full time. Thanks, everyone.

Animal Man writer, Jeff Lemire, has posted on his blog that working with Steve Pugh is a dream come true, in addition to some pages below, which do look good.

A big reason I love the Animal Man character so much is because of the work Steve did on the character back in the 90’s with Jamie Delano. In fact, I don’t think it would be a stretch to say that I have been heavily influenced by a lot of the concepts Steve an Jamie created and represented them in my tenure on the book. So, to have Steve join colorist Lovern Kindzierski. letterer Jared K. Fletcher and I is a a dream come true for me.

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Travel Foreman off Animal Man; Artistic Changes Abound at DC Comics

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:648:]]No idea what in the heck DC is thinking by this one, but critically acclaimed artist, Travel Foreman, has been moved off the BEST DC New 52 book, Animal Man, and on to Birds of Prey.

Birds of Prey? Are you frickin‘ kidding me, DC?

The DC blog The Source announced a plethora of artistic changes today with not only Foreman leaving Animal Man, but:

• Fernando Dagino off Resurrection Man and on Suicide Squad

•  Jesus Saiz off Birds of Prey and on Resurrection Man

•  Steve Pugh on Animal Man

Dagino was the best thing to come out of RM, so SS should benefit; I do like his art a lot.

I guess Pugh was an artist on the original run of Animal Man, one I didn’t read. I’m not familiar with his art, but I LOVED Foreman on this book. If I am not mistaken, Animal Man was one of the mid-tier New 52 books to see an increase in sales. Check out Foreman’s cover to Animal Man #9 at the right.

All the changes take place starting with each issue’s #9 in May.

DC, if it ain’t broke – don’t FIX it! You are shooting yourselves in the foot! 

Boooo! I say.

Update: Jeff Lemire has provided some commentary and a first look at Steve Pugh’s art from Animal Man #7.

Update #2: Travel Foreman commented on his departure stating the decision was his.

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Review: Swamp Thing #6

This is the day the world dies! No one can withstand the Rot, it has chosen it’s Black Queen and she will rule the very fabric of reality!

Snyder’s darkest book to date, Swamp Thing #5, is a complete assault to the senses. Visually traumatic and emotionally jarring, it will nest itself within the recesses of your consciousness, waiting there until you slip into a calming slumber — just to assault you again as you close your eyes! 

Dr. Alec Holland can no longer run from his responsibilities as the avatar of the Green. It is not because he has finally chosen to accept his fate, it is because he no longer has the luxury of a choice. While he has been trying to find answers to a past life, one he can barely remember, the Rot has been moving with urgency against him. A veritable life or death chess match, Alec has lost far too many moves from indecision. Now, all he hears is the whispering voices of the Rot as it utters the word — checkmate!

This book will seize your attention and not let go until you give into it’s overwhelming sickness! Snyder is a classically trained maestro of the horror genre and he is conducting his most disturbing symphony for us right now! Although Yanick Paguette is absent from interior art chores this time around, Marco Rudy does a phenomenal job of rendering the pure viciousness of the book. His style, especially the splash pages, remind me of Tom Mandrake’s work on the Spectre series oh so many years ago. It is perfect for the Vertigo-esque style of this book!

Filled with horrifying revelations and pushing the characters to their breaking points, issue five is now the catalyst for things to come. The road from Snyder’s Swamp Thing to Lemire’s Animal Man is growing ever shorter — you need to get this book now before they converge! Don’t be the last to get to your local comic shop, you may just miss out on this amazing book!

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Review: Animal Man #5

I’m just going to throw this out there — THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY INSANE! And I love every single moment of it!

Jeff Lemire and his entire artistic crew have created something that is equal parts disturbing and fascinating. A cornucopia of twistedness that assaults the senses, Animal Man is a book that is beyond expectations for any genre! It is something that worms it’s way inside you and nestles within, scratching you tediously until you want to scream! 

Issue five is a blur, a quickened pace to the story because there is a true need to run. The third Hunter has stalked it’s prey long enough and now it must feed. And Buddy Baker’s family is the main course! Buddy, Maxine and “Socks” rush to save them, but who will be there to save the trio once the Hunter sets its gaze upon them? Maxine makes a decision that will not only forever change the dynamic of the book, but that of the entire DCnU as well! There is only one hope for triumph over the Rot, but it lies in the pages of another book! 

Look at the cover to this book. It is one of the most horrific covers I have ever seen! Now, imagine a book that mimics that grimacing emotion on every page and you will understand Animal Man. It is completely amazing how Travel Foreman can conceive of such horrific images and still be able to sleep! There is a section of the book where the Hunter shows Buddy just how the Rot will change Maxine when they get their hands on her. It is quite disturbing and yet utterly amazing! The caliber of talent on this book, from art to prose, is unfathomable! Other than Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing, you will find nothing like this book on the shelves today. 

If you are not reading this book you are missing out on something that will change your mind about the landscape of comics today. It is a rare and wretched book that deserves more than just a mere moment of your time. And once you read one issue, you will be hooked like a rotting piece of meat on the end of barbed wire! Ewwww! But oh so good!

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DC Comics Preview: Animal Man #3

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Written by JEFF LEMIRE;

Art and cover by TRAVEL FOREMAN
 
Maxine and Buddy swim to the heart of the Life Web and come face to face with the Totems…caretakers of the Red. But before they can get answers, the Hunters Three attack. Meanwhile, Ellen and Cliff fight for their lives back home. The Hunt heats up!
 
DC Universe 32pg. Color $2.99 US
 
On Sale November 2, 2011
 
 

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Review: Animal Man #2 (Lemire & Foreman)

The hottest book to come out of the new DCU continues its trend of providing horrific acts of grotesque brutalness that leaves your mouth gaping in astonishment. Lemire and Foreman once again provide a most enthralling story, a definite page-turner, that at the same time repulses – all the while pulling you in! You can’t …

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