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When comic books started hooking for an older readership in the 1980s, one approach was to take a forgotten second- or third-string superhero and update him with a modern sensibility and sophistication. One of the most successful such resuscitations was Morrison's revamp of Animal Man, a rather inane 1960s costumed crime fighter who could assume the abilities of various beasties, flying like a bird or swimming like a fish. In Morrison's hands, Animal Man progressed from a standard-issue superhero to a compelling crusader for animal rights in an entertaining run of playful, often bizarre stories. In the final issues of the series he wrote, reprinted here, Morrison puts his hero though Job-like trials before finally inserting himself into the narrative to reveal to Animal Man that he is only a fictional character. In these unprecedented stories, Morrison brought metafiction to comics before the concept entered popular culture. Morrison went on to create increasingly complex comics, such as The Invisibles and The Filth, but it was with Animal Man that he began amassing his sizable fandom. Gordon Flagg
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Animal Man volume three collapses the fourth wall and the panel; Morrison uses Crises on Infinite Earth as a way to reimagine the multiverse and the relationship of characters to... Read morePublished 20 days ago by C. D. Varn
Whoa! I just got finished reading through the entire Grant Morrison run on Animal Man (TPB 1-3)and TPB #3 is probably the best of them all. Read morePublished on July 21, 2011 by Stevie Z
It would be 5 stars book, but weak art spoils it a little. Overall, amazing run. Bollands covers are outrageous!Published on April 27, 2009 by Bob Wayne