Animal Man #21

Animal Man #21

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Steve Pugh, Francis Portela Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 19, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

SPLINTER SPECIES begins here as Buddys grief and increasing celebrity threaten to tear him apart. Plus, a major new antagonist is revealed!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Elijah Williams Jun 25, 2013

    If you have been reading Animal Man, then keep reading it, because its just as excellent as always. If you wanted to start reading Animal Man than this is as good of a jumping on point as any, since it seems to be the start of a new arc. So pick it up! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Jun 19, 2013

    ANIMAL MAN #21 is an awesome start to a new story line. For song long, this book has been tied into a very long, but very good, storyline, Rotworld. Now, after the events of Rotworld, everything and everyone has changed, but something new has started. This is a great place for new readers to jump on, and they won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jun 21, 2013

    As I said, this is the best issue of the series since #1. The story, the dialogue, the artwork, and everything are all in top form, and I really can't think of anything negative to mention. This is a piece of work, and if you for whatever reason decided to drop Animal Man, I highly recommend revisiting the series because you're missing out on something more than special. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jun 19, 2013

    Lemire uses a stream of Twitter-like posts to show what Buddy's fans and the media have to say about him, and it's used absolutely perfectly. They contribute to the story by helping build up the mysterious animal kidnapper while also adding in bits of humor to balance out the dark mood. Animalfan180 has got to be my favorite because regardless of whether s/he is praising Animal Man or insulting his detractors, each tweet ends with "God bless." Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead Jun 19, 2013

    Animal Man #21 is a very good issue. It's one of the best in the series. It's unnerving, funny, creepy, and depressing. Plus, you get some very pretty looking pages. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Jun 19, 2013

    Overall, I like the direction this book is headed and Maxine seems to really be headed for an interesting story! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jun 19, 2013

    "Animal Man" #21 has the book back in fine form, and I'm completely enthused about the title once more. Lemire, Pugh, and Portela's kick-off of a new storyline is strong and interesting, and wherever we go from here, I feel like I'm on board for the ride. "Animal Man" #21 is the sort of superhero comic that makes me continue to enjoy the genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Jun 20, 2013

    Animal Man is still one of those DC titles that should be picked up. It's trying to do much more than the average superhero title and to an extent it does succeed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - kanchilr1 Jun 19, 2013

    At this point who knows where exactly Lemire is taking the story. From a few issues the main character has gone from saint to sinner. This direction is a huge risk for the story to take. The new nemesis proves interesting and Animal Man themed, his introduction was appropriately chilling. Upon further inspection the scene here may not be exactly what it seems here. The only sure bet here is as long as Steve Pugh is drawing the title the art will stay consistently beautiful. Hopefully the foreboding evil animals in this issue can be ignored for the future of this comic book. Mainly because as a fan of the character, I am not sure how much pain the titular hero can take. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jun 19, 2013

    Despite the occasional wart, Animal Man is definitely a comic that's finding its way again, after months of subsuming its own identity in the "Rotworld" crossover with Swamp Thing. The New 52 has definitely had a place for a celebrity superhero, and the added horror spin? Well, there's plenty of potential there, too. This comic is not as deliberate as some readers might want, but there are a lot of moving parts that are each starting to show some legs. This is definitely a step in the right direction. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - Tyler Goulet Jun 19, 2013

    Overall this is most definitely still a book you need to be reading. Probably now more than ever. After the events of Rotworld, Animal Man is finally coming back around to that series that, quite frankly, was one of the very best right out of the gate for DC and they New 52 initiative. This book is different from the rest of the capes and tights books, folks, so don't go into it expecting the same old. This title remains the jewel in Jeff Lemire's crown and it's undoubtedly one of the best DC has to offer right now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Jun 20, 2013

    For new readers, it may be best to catch up via trades first. This issue just doesn't set a good enough foundation for the previous, nor is it the usual high-quality work that the creators are usually known for. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jun 25, 2013

    An accurate depiction of grief in the wake of death, but not as emotionally impactful as it should be, and ultimately overshadowed by a plodding plot. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jun 20, 2013

    Steve Pugh’s art is solid, even if it does look like less-developed Travel Foreman pencils. Pugh’s work has that same creepy elegance to it, but it feels restrained, like Pugh is holding back. The best of what he does leans towards the weirder elements of the story. The multi-animal humanoid monster, the dying animals, the scenes within The Red, that all looks great. His normal human interactions are sullied with badly drawn faces and dull backgrounds. Hopefully Lemire will return to the more bizarre elements of Animal Man, which will allow Pugh to really open up. Read Full Review

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