Animal Man #6

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: John Paul Leon Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 1, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 7
7.6Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Before he and his family became hunted by The Rot, Buddy Baker starred in a low budget indie Super Hero film. Now we get to "watch" the movie, courtesy of director Jeff Lemire and guest cinematographer John Paul Leon!

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Feb 5, 2012

    This is a fantastic comic. Lemire and company offer an excellent done in one that stands up on its own but also serves the overarching narrative. I had no idea what to expect going into this issue. I'm thrilled we got this; it completely blew me away. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Feb 1, 2012

    Animal Man has been amazing since the get-go, and Animal Man #6 is no exception. Lemire's choice to drop us into a interlude could have been disastrous for this series' pacing, but it works out beautifully using the film framing technique. Animal Man is still one of DC's best books, easily. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Feb 6, 2012

    Lemire and company definitely took a gamble with this issue, but they executed the issue well and it paid off for them. I can't wait to read #7. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 4, 2012

    Call it a movie or a comic, but either way, it makes great reading. Lemire's still redefining what it means to create a mainstream comic book, and if others take his lead, there's a great future ahead for the medium. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Feb 1, 2012

    Animal Man ismarvelous. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Feb 4, 2012

    Its a nice little interlude, a nice way to catch our breaths. Im looking forward to the continuation of the main story next issue, though. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Feb 1, 2012

    Jeff Lemire threw a bit of a Hail Mary pass with this issue, as it's a concept issue that might not rub everyone the right way. I have to praise him for trying, however, as it's got me curious about its significance. Could we see a more involved Cliff in the coming months? Will Buddy Baker fall into the same perils as his character, Red Thunder? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Feb 1, 2012

    "Animal Man" under Lemire continues to be an impressive, fun read. At a time when so many familial relationships in comics have been cast aside, it's rewarding to see a man trying to balance his duty to the greater good with that to his family. Lemire doesn't make the decisions easy for Buddy Baker, and that, in turn makes this comic a solid read. Like Morrison before him, Lemire has found ways to provide a deeper, more impactful story that strays off the beaten path, challenging and entertaining the reader at the same time. This is a nice interlude from the Rot story. Lemire doesn't just completely ignore that tale, though, and that makes this issue all the more engaging. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic Feb 7, 2012

    Danny Djeljosevic is a comic book creator, award-winning filmmaker (assuming you have absolutely no follow-up questions), film/music critic for Spectrum Culture and Co-Managing Editor of Comics Bulletin. Follow him on Twitter at @djeljosevic or find him somewhere in San Diego, often wearing a hat. Read his comic, "Sgt. Death and his Metachromatic Men," over at Champion City Comics and check out his other comics at his Tumblr, Sequential Fuckery. His webcomic The Ghost Engine (drawn by Eric Zawadzski) will debut in Spring 2012. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Outer Realm Comics - Benjamin Kahan Feb 18, 2012

    I do unambiguously love the cover though. Animal Man leaving a trail of blood in front of a Red Thunder movie poster. Red Thunder looks far more glorious than he does within the pages, and it contrasts quite well with the bloody and broken Animal Man. It's visually striking and made me really excited to see the story of Buddy's movie. Shame again that the anticipation was the sweetest part of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Daniel Cole Feb 8, 2012

    So although this issue's individual moments work as a whole it seems to fall down. The stylistic change in artists is a jarring one that doesn't help Leon's average pencils. The inclusion of the film seems to come out of nowhere and although it serves to break up the tension of the previous arc and give all the readers a moment to breathe before jumping into the next one, it doesn't quite work. It is an almost alienating inclusion and the absence of Buddy and the family for the majority of the issue is heavily felt. It may recover itself at the end, but the issue's focus on the film has produced the first disappointing instalment of Animal Man Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 2, 2012

    The sad thing is, Animal Man #6 may be the best executed issue of the run, but it's also easily the most disappointing. Read Full Review

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