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Animal Man #11 - Extinction is Forever, Conclusion: Animal Man Vs. Animal Man

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Buddy returns from the Red, but can he save his son?

The Good

I've been reading this book from the start, and I've been reviewing it on and off since then as well, and my favorite thing about this book is the feel of it. It feels a lot like a great Vertigo book, but it has the reach of a regular DC book. Essentially, it's a gateway drug... to Vertigo books.

There's a big transformation for this character in this issue. By the end of the issue, Buddy Baker and his powers are a bit different, but for the better. I love how in the past 11 issues this character has completely changed, but it doesn't feel like it's a betrayal to the character as a whole.

Alberto Ponticelli's art is fantastic here and I'm loving these character designs, as well as some of the things he added to Buddy in this issue. I'm feeling very good with him taking over the art especially after seeing page three which is a full splash with these creators remaking Buddy Baker that is incredibly disturbing. He has some amazing looking designs in this issue that I don't want to give away, but I would buy this book for the art alone... having Jeff Lemire's writing on it as well is a giant plus in my book. I don't want to leave Lemire out because he's done such amazing work with this series so far.

Bittersweet conclusion as this issue/story ends. I feel relieved with how this smaller story ends, but the overall, larger story seems to be continuing on. I love how there's a larger event going on that the reader has to keep up with and not everything is wrapped up in a nice little 6-issue package.

The Bad

My only real problem with this issue is the same thing I like about it. Because the story continues on and on, there's no real good jumping-on point for this book. Luckily, we're only 11 issues in, so you can still pick up the trade for the first 6 issues.

The Verdict

This should be a pull on everyone's pull list because it breaks the mold from the contemporary comic mold. It's different and it stands about because it's done so well. It has that great Vertigo feeling using a great, re-invented DC character. There's a big transformation for Buddy in this issue that completely changes everything about him. I'm very excited to see this continue. Ponticelli's art is fantastic and his creature designs are very disturbing. It's a great story, but a hard one to jump on to. Overall, I highly recommend this series and this issue.

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Posted By jsphsmth

Can't wait to read what Buddy's new body can do. Lemire is amazing.

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Posted By Ganthetsward20

I really enjoyed the "makers" of Buddy's new body. This is the only issue in the series where the grossness of it all really stuck out to me, but I still love this. I really enjoyed seeing Buddy use his "new" powers. Now he can really live up to the Animal Man name.

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Posted By KainScion

the art is getting really freaky. bad freaky.

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Posted By Aph8825

Animal man finally meets Swamp thing in next months cross-over cant wait!

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Edited By CitizenJP

Animal Man still remains one of my favorites from the New 52. I love the artwork and the story is intense.

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Posted By doordoor123

I don't get your reasoning for giving this a four star rating. This should be a five if most of the other ones were a five star. There is no way there was a better issue than this in the whole run.

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Posted By MadeinBangladesh

I love this title

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Posted By All_Around_Nerd

You're completely right about the gateway drug part, I red mainly dc/marvel with a bit of image, then this came out and I bought the Morrison Animal Man on ComiXology, and then Swamp Thing, then even Sandman, and Y the last man.

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Posted By inferiorego

@doordoor123 said:

I don't get your reasoning for giving this a four star rating. This should be a five if most of the other ones were a five star. There is no way there was a better issue than this in the whole run.

It wasn't a 5 star issue for me, but it's wasn't a 4. If we had .5 ratings, it would be a 4.5. I don't really have anything bad to say about the issue, but it really wasn't a 5 star issue for me. I know that sounds weird, but it's all subjective. However, this is a phenomenal issue.

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Posted By doordoor123

@inferiorego said:

@doordoor123 said:

I don't get your reasoning for giving this a four star rating. This should be a five if most of the other ones were a five star. There is no way there was a better issue than this in the whole run.

It wasn't a 5 star issue for me, but it's wasn't a 4. If we had .5 ratings, it would be a 4.5. I don't really have anything bad to say about the issue, but it really wasn't a 5 star issue for me. I know that sounds weird, but it's all subjective. However, this is a phenomenal issue.

Fair enough.

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Posted By longbowhunter

I love what Lemire did with the yellow aliens. Glad to see they weren't retconned out of existence. I also enjoyed his new power set. Much more visual. Top read of the week as usual.

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Posted By johnny_spam

Love the feel of this book the new powers for Animal Man are really good and look cool visually. Also loved seeing the evil Animal Man's head talking even after decapitation and Cliff's reaction when it is crushed. Wonder where it goes after the Swamp Thing crossover.

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Posted By primepower53

Picked up the trade last week...this book is a drug and I am addicted.

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Posted By Deadcool

Well, the next issue has the tittle of "Swamp Thing" so I think that finally we would have our crossover.

Buddy seems to be more powerful, I like that.

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Posted By kennybaese

I continue to love this series, but damn if this story isn't going on forever. I guess it doesn't feel like it's really dragging since each issue has been so great, but it's been almost year and Buddy and Swamp Thing still haven't met up to fight the Red... It's weird because I love the series, but it's almost starting to feel like nothing big is really happening in terms of the overall story.