ANIMAL MAN Will End In March With Issue 29
Animal Man was one of the surprise hits of the DC New 52. Buddy Baker had his moments in the past, but he was generally a second tier character (honestly a third tier character) who would pop up in stories occasionally. Animal Man hadn’t really seen good sales since the days of Grant Morrison. That all changed in 2011 when Jeff Lemire started exploring the exploits of Buddy Baker and his family. With stories looking at the red, the green, and the accumulation of everything with Rotworld, the writer turned the title into a fan-favorite. Sadly that all will be coming to an end this March with issue #29. Lemire took to his personal blog to reveal the details of the book’s end.
Lemire has quickly become one of DC‘s busiest writers. Taking part in some of the upcoming weekly digital series and moving the Justice League of America to Canada, Lemire has a lot of plates he has to keep spinning. The writer says that is part of the reason he must step away from Animal Man. Unlike other series though, a new writer won’t be taking over:
As sad as I am to be finished writing the solo stories of Buddy, Maxine, Ellen and Cliff, I am also excited to announce that I will continue to write the monthly adventures of Animal Man when he becomes regular member of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE book I am writing.
After finishing the script for #29, I felt I had completed the story I wanted to tell with the Baker family and thought it was a perfect ending for the series. The best way for me to explore new things with the character would be to move him to a team setting and shakeup his status quo, DC agreed, and the Animal Man series will end with my final issue in March.
I’d like to thank all of the readers and retailers who supported Animal Man since September 2011, making it an unlikely success. I’m very proud of the stories I was able to tell along with amazing talents like Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, Scott Snyder, Timothy Green III, Lovern Kindzeirski, Jared K. Fletcher, Rafael Albuquerque and Cully Hamner and Joey Cavalieri. I’d also like to thank DC Comics for allowing me to finish my story on my own terms, the way I wanted it to end.
The last issue will be written and drawn by Lemire. While he will handle the majority of the art for the finale, Travel Foreman will come in to illustrate a framing sequence for the issue. So while this chapter of Buddy‘s story comes to a close, he’ll be moving on to the Justice League with Lemire. The team that will soon be moving to Canada includes Adam Strange, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and a few other characters yet to be revealed. You can read the writer’s full statement at the source link below. What do you think about Animal Man coming to an end? Is it made easier by the face he’s now part of the JL?
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Source : JeffLemire.Blogspot