Animal Man #1

September 15, 2011 1:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The only familiarity I have with Animal Man is his appearance in 52, and he was mostly out of his element (off-planet) so I probably didn’t see what he’s all about. Whatever he was before the New 52, this new Animal Man series is very weird, very dark, and very creepy. In fact, it may be even creepier than the new Swamp Thing series (at least so far).

We get a reintroduction to the character here, of course. In this case, it’s actually a whole page of text, a faux interview with Animal Man himself. It’s an interesting way to get a lot of characterization out of the way. We get introduced to his family, who are all very idyllic, and seem like they exist solely to be mutilated and killed in horrible ways one day. We also get a limited introduction to Animal Man’s powers, and how they work.

The art style is very different from other DC art, and I’m still not sure if I like it or not. It almost looks like the artwork drawn on top of photos, which were posterized and/or gone over with an edge-finding filter in Photoshop. I dunno…there’s something very artificial about the art. The pastel color scheme doesn’t help either. However, there are a few “dream sequence” pages in the middle that are in grayscale, with dark red accents, and they look fantastic.

Verdict: Definitely worth following.

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