Some books are so good you want to talk about them with your family, your co-workers, your Twitter followers, your Facebook friends and, well, just about the whole wide world. You want to yell from your rooftop "Read this book!"
ANIMAL MAN, the acclaimed series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Travel Foreman, is stirring up that kind of passion from critics and fans alike. In fact, there's so much excitement that ANIMAL MAN # 1 is the latest DC COMICS - THE NEW 52 title to go back to press for a new printing.
Here's what writer Jeff Lemire had to say about the third printing and the series' early success:
"I can't express how happy I am with the success of Animal Man, its a book I care deeply about. Travel Foreman, Lovern Kindzierski and I are pouring our hearts into each issue and it's a real thrill to see so many people responding. Scott Snyder and I just got back from New York where we had a series of meetings with editor Joey Cavalieri, Group Editor Matt Idelson as well as Bob Harras and Eddie Berganza. We laid out our ambitious plans for both Animal Man and Swamp Thing, and I think I can safely say that no one will be able to guess what's coming next. We have a huge story planned that's filled with adventure, horror and drama. The Baker family is in for quite a ride, and I hope all the fans and readers will stick around to see what we have planned!"
As you may have seen, ANIMAL MAN has inspired a massive amount of attention:
“Travel Foreman's art is innovative and excellently creepy when it needs to be, and will hopefully get a lot of eyes as Lemire's everyman hero makes his mark in the new DC Universe.” – USA Today
“A profound meditation on consumer culture and the economy of disposability.” – PopMatters
“Animal Man has the sensational Jeff Lemire at the helm.” – Entertainment Weekly
“A strange, dark fantasy book with unpredictable plots and fantastic art.” – Complex Magazine
“Haunting…Travel Foreman provides sleek, meticulous art that grounds the book in reality, and he uses inventive page layouts during the scenes in the Baker home to create visual excitement where the situations are less fantastic…Animal Man is just a cool, odd character, grounded in the real world but still very much a superhero.” – The Onion AV Club
“I don’t want to overhype it, but if you don’t love it from the very first page, you’re not human.” – MTV Geek
“The best thing to come out of the DC relaunch. Absolutely knocked it out of the park…Gold stars for the creative team.” – io9
“Visceral and intriguing.” – SFX
“This book sets the benchmark.” – Comic Book Resources
“A great introduction to Animal Man for new readers, while also giving long-time fans something fresh to be excited about.” – IGN
“Amazing.” – Ain’t It Cool News
“Well-crafted and bold.” – iFanboy, Pick of the Week
“Animal Man is one you can’t pass up.” – Bloody Disgusting, Pick of the Week
With Halloween, just around the corner, we can't imagine a better gift for #AllHallowsRead then ANIMAL MAN. Help spread the word. And for an exclusive preview of issue #3, head on over to USA TODAY's POP CANDY.