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Animal Man, Book 3 - Deus Ex Machina Paperback – November 1, 2003
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About the Author
Brian Bolland is best known to US readers for his ground-breaking work with writer Alan Moore on the one-shot Batman: Killing Joke graphic novel. Kevin O'Neill Along with fellow 2000 AD alumni Pat Mills, O'Neill cocreated the cult hero Marshall Law and had even more success when he teamed up with Alan Moore to illustrate The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - which was adapted into a big budget Hollywood movie starring Sean Connery. Simon Bisley's highly dynamic artwork made his two major series in the Galaxy's Greatest Comic - A.B.C. Warriors: The Black Hole and Slaine: The Horned God - hugely popular, as they remain to date. He also illustrated the hugely successful first Batman/Judge Dredd crossover story, Judgement on Gotham. Steve Dillon is a fan-favourite 2000 AD writer and artist, and the creator of both Hap Hazzard and the Irish Judge Joyce. Together with 2000 AD writer Garth Ennis, Steve co-created the hugely successful and critically acclaimed Preacher for DC Comics' imprint, Vertigo.
Top Customer Reviews
Issues 1-26 form a complete story- the series should have been allowed to end with 26: added issues in a sense were superfluous. Only later with Sandman (allowed to end in 1996) did DC learn when "enough is enough". To sum up: AM and DP represent Morrison at his magical best. Don't get me wrong, Invisibles, JLA and X-Men are entertaining. But I'm hoping he can pull out another white rabbit someday.
The art is competent but not particularly ground-breaking, and the meta-textual elements are not as fresh now and a little too dead on. That said, it was definitely groundbreaking in 1989-1990 and did deconstruct the superhero in an early different way than say Alan Moore or Frank Miller. For those who enjoyed the first two volumes but felt a little underwhelmed, I think most will think this pays off. For those who did not enjoy the meta-textual elements, well, this won't be their cup of tea.
In this volume, two major things happen. Animal Man goes on a quest to figure out the weird events that happened to him in Africa. It is so wonderfully weird you won't be able to avoid laughing along while you read. Second, the Psycho Pirate comes back and deals with the fallout from the Crisis of Infinite Earths. It starts out fun, and then turns into one of the most heart-warming scenes I've read in comics.
This definitely belongs in Vertigo's all time greats list.
Some background history: in the mid 80's, DC Comics had their "Crisis on Infinite Earths" series, which was used to redefine many of their top characters like Superman and Wonder Woman, and to bring others out of "comic book limbo" like Animal Man. DC had several universes (the main ones were really Earth-1 and Earth-2) and decided for marketing reasons to demolish them all and bring all the surviving characters into one universe. One character, the Psycho Pirate, was cursed to remember what the multiverse was like before the Crisis. He'll be showing up later on in this book.
This volume won't make much sense unless you've read the previous volumes, which on the surface appear to be standard-issue superhero adventuring with an environmental slant. This volume starts with a two-issue peyote trip and then gets weirder from there (page 41 alone is almost worth the price of the book). Animal Man (Buddy Baker) will eventually discover he is a comic book character and get to meet Grant Morrison, who writes himself as a bit of a rotter. Ultimately, the problem with this book is exactly as Grant says to Buddy on page 216 "that's the trouble with my stories -- they always seem to build up to something that never actually happens."
Just one note about the art - if you buy this, you won't be buying it for the art.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 11 months 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
I enjoyed this and remembered this from years ago and was lucky to come across it and collect and enjoy reading it and the great animation. Thanks Grant for writing these books!Published on April 20, 2008 by skf1965
This is without a doubt one of the greatest graphic novels I have ever read. It serves as an incredible culmination of Morrison's Animal Man saga, following Buddy Baker's descent... Read morePublished on May 22, 2007 by L. Abate