Animal Man #18

Event\Storyline: Rotworld Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Steve Pugh Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 6, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 6
7.6Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

ROTWORLD epilogue! The horrible tragedy of ROTWORLD weighs heavily on the Baker family. Nothing will be the same for Animal Man after this issue!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Mar 6, 2013

    A part of me wants to give this issue my "pick of the week" stamp, but sadly, this was only the second book I've read so far. This is one of my favorite issues of this series though. There's a big change in this series which will greatly affect the future of the characters in this book. Lemire and Pugh killed it this week and continue to do so.If you haven't been reading ANIMAL MAN, you better start because you're missing out on an amazing book. Start at the beginning of the series. Sure, you could start at the beginning of Rot World, but you should read the whole series.Overall, I highly recommend this issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Maxwell Majernik Mar 7, 2013

    ‘This is the most tragic day in the life of Buddy Baker' is an appropriate tagline for the issue. Issue #18 completely changes the status quo of the characters and is especially devastating. With how the issue ended and the general tone, Animal Man is back as one my most anticipated DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Mar 7, 2013

    teve Pugh really shines in this issue and marks a rare time when I prefer the art to the story in an Animal Man comic. As much as I loved his take on disgusting beasts of the Rot, his return to classic Animal Man imagery is a welcome breath of life in a book that's steeped in some serious pain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Mar 6, 2013

    "Animal Man" #18 feels satisfying to me; it's been a big build-up after all, and Lemire couldn't have a story that lasted so long feel rushed or simple when the final piece was put into place. I think he's succeeded admirably here, and I'm already looking forward to whatever Lemire and Pugh do in the pages of "Animal Man" next. It's a sad conclusion, but one that will play out with good dramatic effect in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Mar 8, 2013

    Animal Man #18, while imperfect, is a great conclusion to the Rotworld saga, and the final two pages show us that Lemire and Pugh know how to kick your heart in the ass. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Mar 6, 2013

    What happened at the end of the issue could have been totally avoided and now because of it were going to have to see Buddy fall down a dark hole. I was actually looking forward to a few issues of Buddy just acting again or being that fun loving super hero but now it doesnt seem like were going to see that side of Buddy anytime soon. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Mar 6, 2013

    But back to focusing what's in this book instead of what was left out. Namely, Steve Pugh's gorgeously grotesque artwork. When Maxine lights up, man does he kill it. He makes everything from the gross Rot monsters to the mysterious men in yellow wetsuits look vivid and obscure, like an R-rated episode of X-Files. The heart-wrenching final pages are all in his hands with little assistance from dialogue, and boy does he wring your heart dry. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Mar 6, 2013

    So, the emotion missing from "Rotworld" is back and well executed. Cliff's death is a massive event for the title and it's a shame that the front cover spoiled the surprise. It may be fast paced and the ending a little convenient, but the character and story pay-offs are enough to let that slide. With Pugh delivering the goods and Lemire infusing his script with emotion, Animal Man #18 does more than finish The Rot storyline; it puts the title back on track. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 11, 2013

    Colorist Lovern Kindzierski does what he can with the colors, but Pugh's inks make it hard. The shadowing is inconsistent, so the colors look like they're fighting the pencils. There's also a drab look to the color scheme, as if we were seeing the story through a thin film. None of the art is awful " it just betrays the emotional charge of Jeff Lemire's writing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Mar 17, 2013

    The story feels a little contrived. The ending to the issue seems like it comes out from far left just to get the reader to buy the next episode. There hasn't been any payoffs for the reader yet. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Mar 9, 2013

    It's truly amazing how low this title has sunk in the last few months. It makes you wonder if it's special enough to keep the faith in anymore. Read Full Review

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