Animal Man #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Travel Foreman Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 10
8.9Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

After coming face to face with the mysterious Totems, Buddy learns the truth about Maxine's destiny but it may be too late, as The Red is infiltrated by agents of The Other, and Buddy struggles to control his new, unfiltered powers with deadly results! Meanwhile, Ellen and Cliff must face the last Hunters alone!

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Dec 13, 2011

    So, when you marry Foreman's fantastic imagery with Lemire's absorbing script you get this. A book that moves the plot forward with a perfect pace, highlights what our characters are up against, gives Buddy a mission and continues to deliver great characterisation. No matter how outlandish the script gets, Lemire never forgets that it is as much about the family as it is about the horror. That is the success of the book. It truly is as good as people would have you believe and if you can take the horrific aspects then you will be treated to a true classic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Dec 7, 2011

    If you had told me last year that a new ANIMAL MAN series would be this level of creepy, I would have laughed you out of the comic store. However, Lemire manages to skirt the line between "just enough" and "too much" with ease, and the book is one of the few New 52 series that are consistently good. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 9, 2011

    Travel Foreman. What the hell can I even say about the art from Travel Foreman? The man is absolute genius with a pencil. The art is constantly moving and I don’t mean with action. Each form that Foreman draws seems to vibrate with a living energy. Part of it is how fluid the art is, part of it is Foreman’s panel placement and part is how big the sandbox is that Foreman has to play in. Lemire’s story is so well crafted that it leaves a real open ended arena for the art. Foreman can put anything on the page and it will work to tell the tale. It’s true synergy. Animal Man #4 continues the series’ impressive streak and sets it apart from the rest of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Dec 7, 2011

    Foreman's stark visuals are what give this title such a unique feel. The center splash page features a stunning montage of the origin of the Rot with no shortage of animals, monsters, and torn flesh. More so than any other DC titles, the villains Foreman draws are truly horrific and disturbing. Seeing them in their true form is bad enough, but watching one of the Rot attempt to masquerade as a human has stomach-turning results; he would give Hector Hammond a run for his money for most disgustingly enlarged head. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 9, 2011

    The best scary stories are the ones that keep you wanting more in spite of your fear, and Animal Man certainly has that quality going for it. Even better, it looks like Lemire and Foreman are just getting to the good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Dec 11, 2011

    If you haven't given this book a chance, you should seriously consider doing so, because Lemire and Foreman are really pulling out all the stops, providing a decent thriller with some of the best character work around right now. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Dec 11, 2011

    Travel Foreman's artwork continues to straddle a line for me. It's not really clean, but for a horror comic it doesn't have to be. I like it, it fits because the book is primarily a horror title pretending to be a superhero comic book. As it is, it continues to be one of the best of the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Jan 17, 2012

    I pretty much gave you my conclusionin the intro but I'll try to be different. Its both the writing andthe art that really sets this comic apart. Lemire will certainly haveyou enthralled with this story that he has brewing and Foreman's artbrings it to life. I truly recommend this and if you have not yet gotit, then please do so. You are doing yourself a favour and you willnot regret it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Dec 19, 2011

    This issue delivers another excellent installment to this fantastic series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Ryan K. Lindsay Dec 9, 2011

    "Animal Man" continues to be one of the very best titles coming out of DC. All it needs is a loyal audience who can stomach the wide ideas and horrific violence and it is well on its way to becoming a true classic. Each issue of this reintroductory arc has offered at least one massive moment of glorious creativity. Beside those moments, we get the developing characterization of what might be the most interesting complete family in comics right now and a forward journey that can only build to the cosmically epic. Lemire and Foreman are working hard for our money and their success rate at bat is impressive. Read Full Review

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