Animal Man

Author: Grant Morrison
Artist: Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood & Tom Grummett
Titan Books
RRP: £14.99
ISBN 1 84023 460 1
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Buddy Baker, AKA Animal Man, is able to take on the characteristics of any creature he comes within a few metres of. After some time away from high-profile heroics, he decides to get back into costume. Unlike most super heroes he doesn't keep his true identity a secret and the fact that he has a wife and two children makes him an easy target for super villains...

This first collection of Animal Man stories sees Buddy changing from a super hero that takes the animal powers for mankind's good to one that slowly becomes aware that animals need his help too.

Chapter five was my personal favourite story, bringing Grant Morrison's sense of humour out to its full potential. The Coyote Gospel, while not really fitting in with the rest of the series, takes a refreshing break from the less humourous stories that proceeded it. Here we see the other side to Wile E Coyote that we were never privy too in all those Road Runner cartoons - he has feelings too you know! Hilarious.

While the collection is not given the usual Titan magic touch (glossy pages, beautiful reproduction) it is still a nice collection of nine very different stories - although they do inter-link.

Not a bad collection at all.

Pete Boomer

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