Animal Man #0-Doing things that Animals can

I picked this one up because Wwayne suggested this series to me a while back on one of my blog post.  I had been meaning to pick up the trade but haven’t been able to find it. I was also a little too lazy to find issue one. So here we go.

I don’t know much about Animal Man. In fact the only comic I have with him in it is from the Blackest Night when he is a black lantern and talking about screwing Starfire. I had a feeling that wasn’t his normal personality so I will just ignore that. That and the DC Nation short were he acts like animals. While funny, I doubt that is how he is.

It was fun to go with something with no idea what I was getting into.

It starts out with a different Animal man being killed, and the alien animals deciding who is going to be the next Animal man. They pick Buddy Baker, an actor in Hollywood. I think what is so fun about this series is it that has a pretty good sense of humor to it, which seems to be lacking in a lot of the comics I read.  Ellen, his wife seems a fun character as well, and this really pushed me to want to get the trade and put this on the pull list I have. (I need something to replace Justice League.) It’s fun, it’s good, the characters aren’t phoning it in and have seemed to have some personality to them.  And the Story is interesting.

The Best part for me is that the family feels like a real family and that the relationship Buddy and Ellen feel real too. I know there wasn’t much of them in this issue, but there was enough and that wanted to make me read more.

I’m afraid I don’t have too much to say about this one. I enjoyed it. It made me laugh and there was just something about the ton it has. It looks at both sides of being a hero really well, doing heroic things and spending time with the people you love.

I also think it was interesting that they are implying that Ellen’s and Buddy’s new baby is going to be meta in some way. That got me to want to read more.



  1. Thank you for keeping your promise and for talking about me as a source of inspiration.
    I’m really glad you enjoyed the series I recommended you. It’s always a pleasure to see that something you like is appreciated by other people as well, and they tell you “I liked it!” not because they feel obliged to, but because they sincerely think that.
    What makes Animal Man so special is the way Lemire deconstructs the superhero mythology. For example:
    1) Superheroes tend to monopolize the attention of the reader, while Animal Man is constantly upstaged by the supporting characters of the series.
    2) Superhero comics usually don’t give much importance to the private life of their main character (they tend to focus only on the “costume on” part); in Animal Man, on the contrary, the private life of Buddy is the main theme of the series. In fact, it is rather infrequent to see Buddy with his costume on.
    3) Buddy is not perfect, and is not perceived as perfect by other people: in fact, in the 11th issue, when he tells his wife “It’s going to be okay”, she replies “Don’t give me anything of that superhero crap, Buddy.” That cut and thrust perfectly enlightens the philosophy of the series.

    • I found the trade after writing this and bought it right out. OMG I loved it. And then wondered why I hated myself and demanded why I haven’t picked it up before. Thank you for turning me on to this.

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