Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Animal Man #2 - Review

DIVE INTO THE RED


Maxine Baker is no stranger to superpowers or strange things happening in her home, after all, her dad is Animal Man. But now dead animals are coming to Maxine to warn her about an evil force that threatens The Red -- the web of life that ties all things that have ever lived. Her father, Buddy Baker, is covered in tattoos revealing the map of The Red. If they're going to stop everything on Earth from being killed by a monstrous force hiding in the planet's wildlife, they're going to have to travel into the veins of life itself and destroy it before it destroys all of us.

Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Travel Foreman, Animal Man #2 is just as good as the first issue in this new series. Lemire knocks it out of the park with very creepy twists and turns that continue to bleed this title's genre between superhero and horror. Baker and his daughter are both going on a frightening journey that has to do with their powers, and it's the fear of what might happen to them and their family that propels the story forward.

Foreman's art compliments the story very nicely. I was confused at first by the darkness all over Baker's body, but when it lit up red to reveal the markings I was thrilled by the idea. I also find the villains excellently drawn and executed. They're the type of monsters you worry about hiding in plain sight and hunting you down when you least expect it.

This is one of my favorite titles at DC Comics right now and it's only proven itself further with this new issue. I give it 5/5 for continuing an awesome story arc, having complex characters, and being an original and fresh story in the comic book medium.

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