Tradewaiters Gonna Wait: Animal Man Volume 01: The Hunt TPB

It’s time for another edition of Tradewaiters Gonna Wait! With so many comic fans dismissing a new series or a a run on an existing series with the simple line, “I’m going to wait for the trade on that one…” we thought it would be good to take a moment a remind you of some of the comics that you may have forgotten about, as you waited for the trade and remind you why you should give them a shot.

The Hunt

Animal Man Vol. 01: The Hunt

written by JEFF LEMIRE

Collects issues #1 through #6

DC Comics
144 PAGES / $14.99

Animal Man is one of the most exciting reboots out of DC Comics’ New 52 line of revamped superhero titles. So many comics and films have endeavored to showcase an everyman hero and family man, but few have delivered on that premise with such aplomb as Lemire and Foreman’s robust Animal Man. Returned from Grant Morison’s character-defining run, Buddy and the whole Baker clan make for a wonderful ensemble who endear themselves to the reader from the very first issue. Thrust into a horrific new status quo tied loosely to the concurrent Swamp Thing series, the Bakers are faced with the advent of new metahuman abilities and terrifying avatars of the Rot.

Primarily to support young Cliff Baker’s devil-may-care ginger mullet. But also because it’s both heartfelt and hair-raising. The Bakers are the best rendered superhero family since Pixar’s Incredibles, and the villains they face are truly, truly scary. It’s funny. It’s charming. It’s sophisticated in its storytelling method. It’s a mature horror story that pushes the envelope of what can appear in a DC Comic without going overboard into gratuitous content. At it’s core, this is a book about a family. A family that just so happens to boast two metahumans and two pretty courageous regular humans besides. Just because it’s the saga of a family doesn’t mean it’s lame. Also, there’s a talking cat if you’re into that kind of thing. You are.

I dunno. Things that are great? Okay, seriously though. If you’re more of a Vertigo reader, this is a section of the DCU you’re bound to enjoy, with a sophisticated voice, awesomely atypical art and trippy scares. Maybe you also like Cronenberg flicks with oodles of body horror. Or maybe Paul Schraeder’s 1983 cult hit Cat People played heavily in your own sexual awakening. Or maybe we should stop sharing. Just get it.

LeVar Burton not enough for you? See what your compatriots at iFanboy thought.

iFanboy users who have pulled & rated the the first 6 issues of Animal Man has averaged 4.5 stars (out of 5)


Animal Man Vol. 01: The Hunt 1 goes on sale this week, on May 2, 2012 and collects the first 6 issues of the series for just $14.99
You can pre-order it on Amazon today.


  1. Tradewaiters. Yes I’m one of those people.

  2. To support this, I have the issues digitally, but I am buying this for my shelf

    • Same. This series is something special. I’m on trades for all the other DC series by this point, but will continue to support Animal Man in issues/digital.

  3. I’m picking this up even though I have all of the issues. Why? Because (A) I have no patience (B) It’s dirt cheap on Amazon (C) It’s that damn good. Anyone on the fence really should give it a shot. Also, no prior knowledge of the character required to enjoy.

  4. This is where tradewaiting and preordering 3 months in advance just don’t work. I don’t read any DC books, so I never check under DC on DCBS when I place my order. Thus, 3 months ago I didn’t see when this trade was coming out. Miss. I really want to read this as it looks great and has been getting fantastic word-of-mouth.

  5. Fantastic Deal. $14.99 for 144 pages featuring the most glorious mullet in comics in years, plus a good horror story as well. But man, that mullet.

  6. This was one of the New 52 #1’s that actually pushed me out of trade waiting to buying comics weekly. It’s also one of the few comics from that first batch of DC #1’s that I still buy right when it comes out. It’s still strong, and I can’t wait to see where it goes after the first two arcs are done!

  7. This was a book I was going to trade wait for. But after picking up the first issue when dcbs did the all 52 issue bundle I was hooked. Im really glad I didnt wait but at the same time I’m jealous of those who get to read the whole thing all at once for the first time.

  8. All right. I’m more of what you call a Marvel fan. But ill give this a shot. Sounds different (in a good way) and that cover is just amazing.

  9. I told you that Cat People thing in *confidence*, Paul…

  10. I’m one of those “tradewaiters” and I have been dying for this to come out! I tend to read the first issue of a series digitally and then wait for the trade. The wait for this, Swamp Thing and Batman have been excruciating!

  11. I might be a minority but i did’nt rrly enjoy Animal Man I like the Grant Morrison stuff but not a big fan mayb cause the art idk it’s just not my cup of tea.

  12. One of the few DC books I regularly pick. +1 for this book.

  13. Curious to see if there’s any digital pricing for trade-style collections. As is, the print trade cover price is slightly more than buying digital issues, but with Amazon’s discounts, it’s considerably less. I wonder if we’ll see digital “trades” that will be slightly discounted from the print. The older line of trades seems to follow that pattern, with digital, Kindle editions just a little cheaper than Amazon’s print price. But ComiXology pricing doesn’t follow suit. Pricing holds steady at 1.99 or 2.99 per issue even when Kindle has the digital trade (or even the print trade) for less.

  14. Yep, I’ve had this preordered on Amazon for months and months now. Six issues for the price of less than three. Sold.

  15. I’m more of a Marvel guy but I really enjoy Vertigo stuff and love a good comic story in general publisher notwithstanding…After reading all the comments I’m gonna give this one a go…Plus you ya gotta love a good mullet…!!