Animal Man #25
By Jeff Lemire & Rafael Albuquerque
The second half of this two part story managed to feel more epic than many of the multi-month event titles that have been on the shelves in the past few years. Jeff Lemire and Rafael Albuquerque manage to close out a quick story in grand fashion while seeding new intrigue for the future.
Now that Ellen is back in the picture with Buddy, the book feels like it is truly firing on all cylinders again. While the issues with Animal Man struggling with the loss of his son and separation from his wife were interesting, the book has always been strongest when Buddy and Ellen are talking problems together as a family. It was also nice to see that Lemire isn’t content to make Ellen helpless against Brother Blood’s acolytes but instead beating some ass and taking names like the best of them.
Albuquerque’s second issue is just as much a home run as his debut last month was. Although Steve Pugh’s art is missed, there couldn’t have been a better replacement for him than Albuquerque. His art is a perfect tonal fit for this book. He draws ferocity in Buddy when he is using his powers, and his horror portrayed by Blood and his followers is just as spot on.
Lemire and Albuquerque are a force to be reckoned with at this point. Although the end of the issue did seem like an odd tonal shift for the series after where it has been for the past few months, like always I’m excited to see what comes next.