I’ve been picking up all the new number one issues for DC’s big relaunch event, and, for the most part: they’re boring. Maybe boring isn’t the right word… each issue is very clearly the prologue to a much larger arc, so I don’t feel right recommending any of the titles. Especially when you’re dropping $3.99 for a setup that equates to “Hi Batman! My name’s Green Lantern!” There is one book I would recommend checking out, though: Animal Man #1. It could be my affinity for the character, but this book works much better than all the other DC relaunches. It’s written by Jeff Lemire, who is probably best known for his Vertigo series Sweet Tooth (which I swear I’ll get around reading some day), and focuses on taking Animal Man back to the Grant Morrison version of the character… a meta-fictional animal rights activist who is a superhero on occasion.
Now that I think about it, if you haven’t already you should read the first volume of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man (which costs all of fourteen American dollars on Amazon) before you check this new book out. Because it is good, and because I am obligated to mention the book whenever I discuss Animal Man. Or animals in general. Or men. Close acquaintances will sadly confirm this.