Daily Archives: May 29, 2009

Animal Pragmatism

The Last Days of Animal Man #1
“Part One: Deny”
Writer: Gerry Conway
Pencils: Chris Batista
Inks: Dave Meikis
Colors: Mike Atiyeh
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover artist: Brian Bolland
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

This limited series is getting underway about, oh, two years too late. I’m not suggesting it’s been delayed or lying around or anything. The point is that Animal Man’s popularity peaked in 2006-2007, when he was a featured player in 52. This far removed from that weekly series, this title’s sudden arrival in comic shops is a little perplexing. However, there were a couple of elements that were enough to grab my attention, to pique my curiosity. Chief among them was the fact that this marks Punisher and Firestorm co-creator Gerry Conway’s return to comics. He spent some time as a part of the Law & Order machine, and he also served as a producer and writer for a variety of other TV shows. Conway’s super-hero sensibilities of the 1970s and 1980s show through here, but he also includes some socio-political elements and some solid characterization. Furthermore, I’ve always really enjoyed the crisp, dynamic super-hero artwork of Chris Batista.

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