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Animal Man, Book 2 - Origin of the Species Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Mark McKenna has written widely on republicanism and reconciliation, and has been involved in public debate on the republic for more than a decade. His first book, The Captive Republic: A History of Republicanism in Australia, was co-winner of the Australian Historical Studies Association's WK Hancock Prize in 1998. More recently, his book *Looking for Blackfellas' Point: an Australian History of Place* won both the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and the Book of the Year in the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, as well as the Australian Cultural Studies Prize 2002. Mark is an Australian Research Council Fellow currently based in the History Department at the Australian National University in Canberra.
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This volume is divided into two sections. The first half is one long arc, where the meta-fiction is extremely ramped up, and Buddy finally gets his powers back under control. The second is a series of stand-alone issues that show the superhero side of animal, dealing with villains of the super and not super variety.
The big problem with Vol. 1 was the cross-over dominated the back half of the story, and wasn't explained in nearly enough detail. That issue disappears here, and you don't need to know about everything going on in the DC universe to understand the plot. I look forward to the final volume for Morrison.
I hate to say it, but this run on Animal Man is just clumsy stuff. Out of the three volumes, this is the one that most disappointed me with its ponderous detours into social issues, namely apartheid and dolphin-hunting. The problem here is that there's no subtlety in his presentation. Instead of approaching these topics with sincerity, we get straw men designed to evoke cheap outrage. Sneering, mouth-breathing thugs gloat about how much they enjoy doing bad things to good people and harmless, cuddly animals. Think along the lines of a Captain Planet villain like Hog Greedly. With utmost satisfaction they perform apectacles like stabbing a dolphin repeatedly, just to rub in the hero's face that everyone who might consider hunting an animal for any reason is a sadist and psychopath. And then Animal Man slugs the bad guy and walks away frustrated at how this failed to solve anything in the long run.
It would be far more engrossing to read about how real human beings--people who have families, who think they're raising their kids right--can be corrupted and find themselves complicit in a vile practice. Such an approach provides understanding and the potential for solutions rather than just the easy path of indignation.
Whoops, almost forgot. There's also some cosmic stuff with yelllow-skinned, big-headed aliens. This subplot is Morrison's way of taking Animal Man into the realm of metafiction, going off an a self-referencing tangent about superhero comics. It's enjoyable enough, but I thought it telegraphed where it was going pretty heavily.
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Great book, we could not find this any where. There where other copy's but they where split up into 2 books.Published on June 23, 2013 by Lisa C Kulp
This volume is better than the first, but you must read the entire run, especially vol.3, because it's the best one. Great story, not too good art, but acceptable. Recomended.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.Published on April 20, 2008 by skf1965
There are all kinds of people in the world. For the needs of this review we will classify them as either someone looking for a short 'yay' or 'nay' on the book and those who want a... Read morePublished on January 1, 2007 by Pandrio Androtti