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Animal Man #29 - ...Goodnight Review

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Buddy's story comes to a close here, for now.

The Good

Sorry fans of ANIMAL MAN, but this is your last stop. Luckily, writer Jeff Lemire provides an incredibly moving final piece for this book, as Buddy tells his daughter a fairy tale of the adventures they've had over the course of this series.

There's going to be a ton of talk about the artwork on this book since it's the return of Travel Foreman on this book. While we don't see the super-creepy artwork from when he was last on the book, drawing things from the Rot, Foreman is still fantastic at conveying emotion through his character's faces. Together with Lovern Kindzierski's colors, they create some really satisfying pages.

Normally, two artists on a book is quite an annoying thing, but ANIMAL MAN #29 shows readers the correct way to use two artists on a book. Lemire's art works so well for this format, during the Buddy Baker fairy tale scenes. During these scenes, Jose Villarrubia provides the brilliant color work. Lemire's distinct style lends so well to these scenes, and his cover to this issue is fantastic as well.

How about that final page? If you've been reading this book since the beginning, then this last page is incredibly touching and will bring back some really positive moments within ANIMAL MAN, as well as a few not-so-positive moments. Frankly, it's the perfect way to end this utterly fantastic series.

The Bad

While it was great to see Foreman back on this book, the background tend to suffer, which leaves a bit of a feeling that the work was rushed.

ANIMAL MAN #29 is really a retelling of the entire series. It works and doesn't work at the same time. It doesn't add much to the closing of the series, but at the same time, it's a nice way to wrap up the book.

The Verdict

ANIMAL MAN #29 isn't the perfect was to close up a series, but it was still a delightful read. It was great seeing Foreman back on this book, even if he isn't spending the whole time horrifying the reader with some creepy art, and Lemire's section of the book works perfectly for the issue. While his section is pretty much just recapping the entire series, it was a solid read. It really sucks to see this book go, since it was one of the best solo books at DC comics, but it goes out in an enjoyable and moving way. Overall, I highly recommend this issue.

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Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

It was a stupid idea finish this book just because Lemire couldn't think of anything more to write

Posted by Billy Batson

It was a stupid idea finish this book just because Lemire couldn't think of anything more to write

Maybe no other writer pitched anything (good)?
Besides, it was Lemire's Animal Man.
BB

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@billy_batson Surely out of all the writers that want to work for DC one of them had a good pitch? It's not like Lemire owns the character. It just means one less unique character to be replaced by a JL/Bat/Supes book.

Edited by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

@jonny_anonymous: Yeah you're right, they should keep writing terrible filler stories for a comic when they run out of ideas.

Edited by MrTummyTumms

@jonny_anonymous: Isn't Lemire taking Animal Man with him to Justice League United. Maybe he just wanted to go a different route with him and saw that as the opportunity.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie: Or maybe get another writer like every other comic on the shelf?

@jonny_anonymous: Isn't Lemire taking Animal Man with him to Justice League United. Maybe he just wanted to go a different route with him and saw that as the opportunity.

That's no reason to dump the solo book

Posted by brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie

@jonny_anonymous: Yeah, because Animal Man is totally comparable to the majority of other popular superhero comics. *rolls eyes*

Posted by MrTummyTumms

@jonny_anonymous: Better for him to end it with something good than see it become a forced messed in the future.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@brinkthemoviemyfavoritemovie: Oh so it's totally impossible to write a story for then?

@jonny_anonymous: Better for him to end it with something good than see it become a forced messed in the future.

Like I said, I'm sure there are loads of writers dying to tell stories with that character.

Edited by Billy Batson

@billy_batson Surely out of all the writers that want to work for DC one of them had a good pitch? It's not like Lemire owns the character. It just means one less unique character to be replaced by a JL/Bat/Supes book.

It was on the verge of cancellation and it's much nicer to let a writer finish a series instead of abrupt cancellation.

BB

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@billy_batson: Just means it's going to be replaced by another Batman bok

Edited by Billy Batson
Edited by ClawFist

I don't want any spoilers, but does this last issue describe what happened to Brother Blood? I mean he kinda just gets surrounded and that's it in the last issue.

Posted by longbowhunter

Horror writer Brian Keene was slated to take over Animal Man, but Lemire wanted it to end. Guess he's got a lot of pull at DC. I'm both happy and sad its over. It's consistently been my favorite DC title since it started. But I'd rather them close this chapter on Buddy than see it limp to the finish line. I thought this is was great. We got Travel Foreman back, Lemire provided some art (God I wish I owned that splash page)and the Baker's got a happy ending. Hope Buddy's role in JLU is front and center and he's not relegated to a back character.

Posted by SuperFan_55

I for one am glad that they chose to end the series once Lemire said he was done. It shows some integrity in story telling and respects the author. I hate what Earth 2 has become after Robinson left and now im done with DC once Superman Unchained ends.....Make Mine Marvel for the foreseeable future

Posted by fables87

I miss Morrison's run on Animal Man :( Never read this one cause I know it's just not the same.

Edited by BR_Havoc

@longbowhunter: You mind PMing me the ending? I just read Morrison's Animal Man and it was so good that I feared this series would go too dark and kind of miss the point.

Edited by CantDance93

Sucks to see Animal-Man go, but at least it ended on a good note.

Edited by MadeinBangladesh

@fables87 said:

I miss Morrison's run on Animal Man :( Never read this one cause I know it's just not the same.

read it!!!!

Posted by Jphu8414

The Good

Everything


The Bad

It's the last issue :(

Posted by CommanderShiro

I'm going to miss this series. Sad to see it end.

Posted by derf_jenkins

I have enjoyed this title a lot. Sad to see it go, but Lemire is always doing something good. There will be another time for Animal Man to have a solo.

Posted by LyraFay

I still need to read this series.

Posted by Fallschirmjager

5 stars for me. The art was a total shout out to Sweet Tooth.

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