Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt

Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt

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by Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman

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

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Animal Man Buddy Baker, has gone from "super" man to family



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

As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics—The New 52 event of September 2011, Animal Man Buddy Baker, has gone from "super" man to family man–but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? As these new abilities continue to terrify Buddy and his wife Ellen, things take a turn for the worse as Buddy begins a startling transformation of his own that will lead him on a journey into the heart of The Red. Collected here are the first 6 issues of this dramatic new series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist)!

This volume collect issues 1-6 of Animal Man, part of the DC Comics—The New 52 event.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this thrilling reconception of the classic DC character, Animal Man and his daughter attempt to combat the Rot and its representatives—a hideous trio of ravenous otherworldly hunters intent on annihilating all life. Foreman’s masterful artistic execution makes for truly engrossing and even terrifying reading. His demented and evocative creations, be they the hideous hunters from the Rot or the Totems—animalistic avatars that inhabit the universal life force called the Red (that are credited with giving him his original powers, rather than aliens)—come to life thanks to a limitless imagination and an inspired flair for horror imagery. The one slowdown to the tale is a damaging feature-length filmic intermission to the story—a collective effort by multiple artists illustrating Buddy Baker’s burgeoning acting career—which comes off as trite compared to the main story line. Otherwise, this is an unusually suspenseful and scary comic. Lemire, an award-winning graphic novelist for his Essex County trilogy, has reimagined Animal Man in a way that actually comes close to doing justice to the wicked originality and avant-garde ethos of Grant Morrison’s groundbreaking revival, which made the series such a critical success in the late ’80s. (May)
From the Publisher
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

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Meet 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 Volume 1: The Hunt 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best of the New 52! DC is paying attention to its fan base and delivering the best storytellers combined with cutting edge top notch artists! Animal Man is no exception. Jeff Lemire is one of the most creative writers in the industry. This book will leave you eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
My history with Animal Man is next to nothing. Jeff Lemire is able to craft a world in which Animal Man is to be serious but with a wink. The family dynamic is great and the story is unsettling and creepy. Travel Foreman’s art is very creepy. This us a horror book however there are times, in the non-horrific scenes where the panels are too sketchy and dark. Overall a decent book with an interesting hook.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lemire has a great grasp on characters.
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BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Whew, this is a weird one. Not really what I was expecting from a DC comic. This felt more like a Vertigo book. Vertigo is an imprint of DC that is meant for mature readers. Animal Man was actually part of DC, then moved to Vertigo and is now back to DC as part of the new 52. As dark as Batman gets sometime, I felt that Animal was really dark. The art is full of twisted, distorted bodies which are disturbing. Don’t get me wrong, I like disturbing as much as the next guy. But it has to be handled with finesse and not just be utterly disgusting. The art style always feels a little off kilter which adds to odd feelings I got from this book. The colors of the book are juxtaposed to the art. They aren’t really dark, just bold solid colors. The story itself isn’t really as disturbing as the art now that I think back. It has its moment, a little girl has dead, skeletal animals as pets but even then I think it is the art that really takes it to the dark place. Also the story seemed to just end as if this wasn’t meant to be the end of the story arc. It came about all too abruptly. Some people may really like this type of story, but I felt the writing, the art and the coloring were pulling me in all kinds of different directions that really just left me confused and unsatisfied. ARC Reviewed by Chris for Book Sake.