Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt (The New 52) (NOOK Comics with Zoom View) [NOOK Book]

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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 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...
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Animal Man Volume 1: The Hunt (The New 52) (NOOK Comics with Zoom View)

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Overview

“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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401238698
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Series: The New 52
  • Sold by: DC Comics
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 487,676
  • File size: 66 MB
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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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Interviews & Essays

1. What's it like working on a huge initiative like The New 52?
It was incredibly exciting. I grew up a DC Comics fan, so for me to be a part of such a big moment in the company's history was really quite surreal, but also very rewarding. I was given a lot of creative freedom to really make my books stand out and to really do something unique with them.

2. How are you balancing making these stories and characters feel fresh and new while still respecting what came before?
Even though I love these characters and the stories that came before, at the end of the day I still have to make them my own. So if I were to just try and replicate the stories I enjoyed, it wouldn't be very much fun for me or the reader. I think the key is to boil each character down to its core concept and build up from there. Make it fresh and put as much of yourself into them as you can.

3. What stories or creators inspire you most when working on your character?
For Animal Man, I was definitely inspired by the often-overlooked run by writer Jamie Delano and artist Steve Pugh. And now I'm working with Steve on the book! And of course, you can't overlook what Grant Morrision brought to the character in his definitive run.

4. I think we can all agree that ANIMAL MAN was the breakout hit of The New 52. Was it a bit surprising for you to see such a strong response?
Yes, it is. I tried to put as much of myself into the book as I could, and I think when the art started coming in, I had a sense that we were doing something really good, but you never know how the audience will respond. I never expected it to resonate with so many people. I think Animal Man is just a character that so many people can relate to because he is a father and a husband first, and a superhero second. Just like me.

5. You and Scott Snyder tend to Twitter War each other often. How has this affected you when it comes to writing ANIMAL MAN and its relation to SWAMP THING?
Scott and I are the best of friends, so we often give each other a hard time online. Truth is we spend a lot of time talking about our stories and characters together. We feed off of each other. Fans will get to see that first hand when our Animal Man and Swamp Thing story lines intersect later this year. It isn't one of those crossovers that editorial puts together and forces on you, its a story that grew organically out of us sharing ideas and scripts for our two books and realizing that there was a lot of potential in really interweaving our stories into a greater mythology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Read with Swamp Thing

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2012

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    Not The Usual DC Read

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

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    My history with Animal Man is next to nothing. Jeff Lemire is a

    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

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Best of 52

    Best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Fun

    Lemire has a great grasp on characters.

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    Posted June 13, 2012

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