Animal Man #23

Animal Man #23

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Steve Pugh, Francis Portela Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 21, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 4
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

In the shocking conclusion of Splinter Species, Brother Blood and a stunning murder have Animal Man on the brink of extinction!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 21, 2013

    Since issue #1, ANIMAL MAN has been a stand-out book that's a bit different than the rest of DC Comics' super-hero books. This issue, in particular, was fantastic. It's the thrilling end to one storyline that goes right into the next one. Brother Blood is a stand-out character here, and while the overall tone is pretty dark, the Maxine and Socks side-story really lightens everything up. Overall, this was a wonderful issue and you really should go and pick this one up, especially since a new story starts next month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Aug 23, 2013

    This installment faltered a bit a the beginning of its second half, but a strong finale makes up for all and any discrepancies. It's too bad we've got to wait a whole two months to see what happens next, but I know that Lemire has a hell of a ride in store for us. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Aug 27, 2013

    Animal Man #23 sweeps some of the conflict of last issue to the wayside, but creates its own set of intriguing problems, while offering a slew of entertaining and inventive moments in the Red. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Aug 21, 2013

    Overall, Animal Man #23 is another great issue in this ongoing story. We see this defeated Buddy who is unsure of everything, while his daughter continues to gain confidence and work toward her goal. The ending of this issue will have a lot of people wondering what will happen next. One thing is for sure, it is going to be a long two months until the new issue of Animal Man! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Aug 21, 2013

    This issue also continues to explore Maxine's powers as well as her childlike naivety. It's sad as anything to watch her try to bring Cliff back, and it acts as a poignant parallel to Buddy's own trials of grief. For the Buddy scenes, Lemire continues to implement social media into the book, and while the Twitter feed bit isn't used as effectively as it was in a previous issue, it does help flesh out the celebrity element of Buddy's ever-fascinating character. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Daren Taveras Aug 25, 2013

    Lemire continues his stellar arc on the Animal Man series. With the introduction of Brother Blood, the Red will feel his wrath for comics well past this arc. Rafael Albuquerque takes over artwork duties with Animal Man #24 and the creative team left him in very good standing to make something special. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Aug 22, 2013

    Overall, with nearly two years worth of issues under its belt, “Animal Man” still remains one of DC's strongest books. The writing is top notch, blending human emotions with grand superheroics and just real, nasty horror that is wonderfully rendered by the artists. After hitting something of a bump in the road with an overly long crossover in ‘Rotworld', it's nice to see this book hit its stride again. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Aug 21, 2013

    With a higher level of focus and rebuilt foundations of the Baker family this title can get back on track. Unfortunately it is unlikely at this point that Jeff Lemire is heading in that direction. After so many issues of character development torturing these characters on and on just feels mean spirited. The writer has stated that this point in the story would function as his worst nightmare. Eventually all nightmares end, and Animal Man will still exist. What will the family or the readers even gain from reviving the fallen Baker from the dead. This book has some serious problems right now that may not be fixable in the foreseeable future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Aug 27, 2013

    At this point, it's hard to tell whether your discouragement with the title is due to the seemingly endless tragedy it produces, or due to its wearisome execution. Read Full Review

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