Extinction Is Forever
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Art: Alberto Ponticelli
This is it folks; Jeff Lemire provides a satisfying conclusion to his Extinction is Forever arc and boy what an emotional roller coaster of awesome it was. Lemire finally pieces all the plot threads together for one giant brawl that we won’t forget.
From this point the rot has taken control of Buddy’s body and is after his son cliff. Buddy travels to the red were he gets a make-over but apparently very painful according to this weird looking Martians. This make-over gives buddy greater powers than before and even looks cooler doing it. Before when buddy would transform into any animal we (the reader) couldn’t really tell. Now with his new body we can tell and thanks to Alberto Ponicelli pencil duties it’s clearly badass! But I can’t give Ponticelli all the love, colorist Lovern Kindzierski really shines in the issue. Every page from the transformation to the ultra boss battle at the end we can only smile for how well this combo artist/colorist work together. Also when socks transforms into his true totem form in order to protect Maxine, I had the biggest smile on my face, SO GOOD.
Animal Man is seriously one of my top favorite books of the New 52 relaunch. One thing I do regret was artist Travel Foreman stepping down and Steve Pugh stepping in for him. The transition between artist was hard at first but Pugh is starting to warm up to me now. Issue #11 really makes me wish Ponticelli was the replacement for Foreman though. Ponticelli just understand what Lemire is looking for since they worked together on Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E .
The future for Animal Man looks promising; I can’t wait for the crossover event happening between Scott Snyders- Swamp Thing and A-Man coming up. I am pretty sure my head is going to explode with amazing writing and phenomenal art work!
Animal Man #11 gets 4.5/5
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