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Animal Man, Book 2 - Origin of the Species Paperback – July 1, 2002

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About the Author

Grant Morrison has authored too many bestselling graphic novels to count. Batman: Arkham Asylum, Doom Patrol, Animal Farm, Flex Mentallo and the Invisibles are just a few of the books with which Morrison has established himself as one of the modern masters of the medium.

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; Cmc edition (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156389890X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563898907
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second Volume of animal man is even better than the first. After reading through these issues, I no longer have to wonder how this became such an influential and acclaimed series.

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.
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Morrison's plots start paying off and building on each other. A more consistent volume than the Volume One, where Coyote Gospel particularly stood out but the other stories felt rushed. The political commentary in the context of South Africa is interesting, the plots involving the overlay of the original Animal Man with his more modern 1980s counter-part and the alien intervention to fix the problem is also particularly interesting. Animal Man's concerns for animal rights causes becomes more pronounced as does his involvement with more fringe elements of that moment, but this plot line did not feel as fleshed out as one would hope. This comic is still strong now, and one can feel Morrison start to really strain the forth wall a bit. It is nice that DC finally released the entire DC mature/Vertigo run of pre-New 52 Animal Man.
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As the second volume of Grant Morrison's existencial Animal Man trilogy, Origin of the Species is just that as Buddy Baker, AKA the Animal Man, learns some very interesting, and confusing, details of his origin. This happens as Animal Man teams up with Vixen on a trip to Africa and has a run in with some mysterious aliens, and soon enough Buddy begins to learn the true nature of his existence, but it's nowhere near as jaw dropping as what happens next. Buddy also has another meeting with B'wanna Beast, and the mysterious Highwater as well, who knows more than he's letting on. As a middle volume, Origin of the Species feels disjointed and the issues don't always connect with each other, but there is a reason for this, and it's all thanks to highly creative and possibly slightly deranged writer Grant Morrison. The art is relatively the same as before, so it's either take it or leave it depending on how you feel about it. By the time you reach the final page, you'll be stunned, shocked, and possibly scratching your head (if you've never read any of the books or heard anything about them that is), but make no mistake that what happens next solidifies the classic status of Morrison's take on Animal Man.
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Animal Man Volume 2: Origin of the Species, reprints Animal Man # 10-17 and Secret Origins # 39. Continues Grant Morrison's run on Animal Man and the storytelling does improve compared to the first book. Although there still is quite a bit of the DC superhero feel to it, particularly with the guest appearances by Vixen and the JLE, Morrison begins to experiment more and we get some of the surreal and counter-culture themes you might expect. I didn't enjoy the pre vs. post-Crisis Animal Man alien storyline very much, but around issue # 14-15 Morrison starts to really hit his stride. The animal rights stories are a great vehicle for Animal Man (and Morrison too for that matter), they are engaging, socially relevant, and have a far deeper emotional impact than anything written in the series so far. The art and coloring, unfortunately is still pretty bad-- pedestrian, rushed, and devoid of style. There's a whole catalog of Morrison books you should be buying before this one, but if you have them all already then give this a shot. Story 3/5 stars. Art 1/5 stars.
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I'm a huge fan of Morrison's surreal work in Doom Patrol, and his take on the JLA injected new life into a series that had been meandering aimlessly for fifteen years or so. I bought the three Animal Man volumes as part of an attempt to fill out my collection.

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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