Coming To An End: Animal Man
Animal Man ends after 32 issues with issue 29 (yes I know how to count. We had two annuals and a 0 issue) Admittedly ending with 29 bothered me because it was an odd number so in my mind i’m calling it issue 32.
Issue 29 just reminded us of every sad moment we met in the run and I did tear up a bit. Jeff’s art works wonderfully with the fairy tale story that Maxine tells her father, Buddy in an attempt to get to cheer up. The Red is in balance and we see two new totems take their places as the leaders of the red.
We get a short resolve to the last arc and jump right in to BUddy back at home. I don’t love this. That’s just because I love seeing Buddy fight for his family but when he’s just sitting and reminiscing over events I get antsy and want to see action!
Travel Foreman came back for the last issue. His work was done great. the backgrounds were lacking but it’s not obvious the first go round with the issue. With a second read the lack of anything in the backgrounds stands out.
I didn’t know when I picked this up that Animal Man was coming to an end so this was a sad surprise. Buddy’s earned it though. He needs a break and Lemire made an excellent point in an interview I had read. He stated that you can’t continue to jeopardize buddy’s family and make the book better than what it’s already been.Lemire’s interest in the character and all that he’s written is derived from Buddy being a hero with a family. Jeff is going to continue to write Buddy, but he’s going to be in a team book. Seeing him in that environment will be cool