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Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Steve Pugh
Cover by Travel Foreman

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Since it began ten issues ago, Animal Man has been blessed with fine work by some of the best artists DC has to offer, and Steve Pugh is definitely carrying on that tradition. Although I’m sad to see Travel Foreman go, Pugh has kept the standards remarkably high, with some beautiful layouts, character and monster designs. This book has always felt to me a little bit like a Guillermo Del Toro movie on paper, with settings and creatures that would push any such movie’s budget into the stratosphere. It’s a great example of the medium’s potential, with the only constraints being the limits of the creative team’s collective imagination. What would cost hundreds of millions to recreate on a cinema screen can be brought to life at a fraction of the cost on the page, and can be every bit as dramatic, horrific and inspiring.
Story wise, Jeff Lemire is slowly but surely ratcheting up the tension this issue, with Buddy still lost in the Red, and his family running into several members of Justice League Dark (again beautifully drawn by Pugh). There are a couple of great Constantine moments which are almost worth the price of admission alone, and the layouts on the pages where Madame Xanadu predicts the Bakers’ future are nothing short of stunning. The final pages, where the full extent of Buddy’s predicament begin to become clear to him (and us) at last, left me desperate to read the next issue, just as any good Cliff-hanger (sorry about the awful pun) should.
Animal Man continues to be one of the best books of the New 52 (do DC have to stop calling it “New” at some point? It’s nearly a year old after all), and generally one of the best books on the stand from any publisher. Everyone should be checking this class act out!

Story: 4 - Very Good
Art: 5 - Excellent

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