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Animal Man:

Jeff Lemire Era (2011-Present)

For its 2011 line-wide relaunch, DC wanted no less than 52 new ongoing series to debut. While many were obvious, such as new volumes of Action Comics or Batman, plenty weren’t. And this gave Animal Man a chance to return — in his first ongoing series since his first was cancelled in 1995. For the title’s writer, DC chose Jeff Lemire, who appropriately had gotten his start at DC through its Vertigo imprint.

Lemire’s Animal Man quickly established itself as one of the top-rated new titles. Many saw it as a return to the family dynamics of Grant Morrison’s classic run. But Lemire’s reboot of the character owed as much to Jamie Delano’s run, which had recast Animal Man as the avatar of the Red, an animal force parallel to Swamp Thing‘s the Green. This connection culminated in the “Rotworld” storyline, in Lemire’s second year on Animal Man Vol. 2, which ran through both that title and the then-current Swamp Thing series, which had been relaunched at the same time.

Animal Man Vol. 2 #0

“Red Birth”

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh
  • after the debut of Superman five years ago, the current avatar of the Red, an African-American Animal Man, is killed by Anton Arcane
  • the Red makes stuntman Buddy Baker its temporary avatar (in lieu of his future daughter) and fakes the yellow aliens to do so
  • six months after Animal Man’s debut, Ellen tells Buddy she’s pregnant, while Anton Arcane and the Rot wait (helping to set up “Rotworld”)

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2012; published 5 Sept 2012

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Animal Man Vol. 2 #1

“The Hunt, Part One: Warning from the Red” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Travel Foreman; inks by Travel Foreman and Dan Green
  • Pandora (the mystery woman from Flashpoint #5) appears on page 12

first issue; cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2011; published 7 Sept 2011

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Animal Man Vol. 2 #2

“The Hunt, Part Two: Maps” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Travel Foreman

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2011; published 5 Oct 2011
Animal Man Vol. 2 #3

“The Hunt, Part Three: Totems” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Travel Foreman

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2012; published 2 Nov 2011
Animal Man Vol. 2 #4

“The Hunt, Part Four: The Rot” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Travel Foreman; inks by Jeff Huet and Travel Foreman

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2012; published 7 Dec 2011
Animal Man Vol. 2 #5

“The Hunt, Conclusion: Food Chain” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Travel Foreman (pages 1-16) and Steve Pugh (pages 17-20); inks by Jeff Huet (pages 1-16) and Steve Pugh (pages 17-20)

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2012; published 4 Jan 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #6

“Tights” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by John Paul Leon (pages 1-17) and Travel Foreman (pages 18-20); inks by John Paul Leon (pages 1-17) and Jeff Huet (pages 18-20)

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2012; published 1 Feb 2012
Animal Man, Volume 1: The Hunt

collects Animal Man Vol. 2 #1-6; written by Jeff Lemire; cover taken from Animal Man Vol. 2 #1; published by DC Comics; 144 pages; softcover; $14.99; published 2012

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Animal Man Vol. 2 #7

“Animal Vs. Man, Part One” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Travel Foreman (pages 1-3, 19, 20) and Steve Pugh (pages 4-18)

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated May 2012; published 7 Mar 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #8

“Animal Vs. Man, Part Two” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Travel Foreman (pages 1-5) and Steve Pugh (pages 6-20); inks by Jeff Huet (pages 1-5) and Steve Pugh (pages 6-20)

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated June 2012; published 4 Apr 2012
Animal Man Annual Vol. 2 #1

“Endless Rot” -- 38 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Timothy Green II; inks by Joseph Silver
  • Maxine hears a story of an earlier Swamp Thing, named Jack Crow, and an earlier incarnation of the Red, named Jacob Mullin

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $4.99; cover-dated July 2012; published 30 May 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #9

“Extinction is Forever, Part One: The Bone Orchard” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh
  • John Constantine appears

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated July 2012; published 2 May 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #10

“Extinction is Forever, Part Two: Warriors of the Redlands” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh
  • the Justice League Dark appears

cover by Travel Foreman; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2012; published 6 June 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #11

“Extinction is Forever, Conclusion: Animal Man Vs. Animal Man” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Alberto Ponticelli; inks by Wayne Faucher
  • continues into “Rotworld”

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2012; published 4 July 2012
Animal Man Volume 2: Animal Vs. Man

collects Animal Man Vol. 2 #0, 7-11 and Animal Man Annual Vol. 2 #1; written by Jeff Lemire; cover taken from Animal Man Annual Vol. 2 #1; published by DC Comics; 176 pages; softcover; $16.99; published 2013

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Rotworld

Animal Man Vol. 2 #12

“Rotworld: Prologue, Part One” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh
  • features Swamp Thing, Anton Arcane, and Abigail Arcane

cover by Steve Pugh and Yanick Paquette; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Oct 2012; published 1 Aug 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #13

“Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Part One” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II (pages 8, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20); inks by Steve Pugh and Joseph Silver (pages 8, 9, 14, 15, 19, 20)

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2012; published 3 Oct 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #14

“Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Part Two” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Steve Pugh and Timothy Green II (pages 1, 2, 13-16); inks by Steve Pugh and Joseph Silver (pages 1, 2, 13-16)

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2013; published 7 Nov 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #15

“Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Part Three” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Steve Pugh (pages 1-6, 11-20) and Timothy Green II (pages 7-10); inks by Steve Pugh (pages 1-6, 11-20) and Joseph Silver (pages 7-10)

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Feb 2013; published 5 Dec 2012
Animal Man Vol. 2 #16

“Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Part Four” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Steve Pugh (pages 1-4, 8-14, 18-20) and Timothy Green II (pages 5-7, 15-17); inks by Steve Pugh (pages 1-4, 8-14, 18-20) and Joseph Silver (pages 5-7, 15-17)

cover by Steve Pugh; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Mar 2013; published 9 Jan 2013
Animal Man Vol. 2 #17

“Rotworld: War of the Rot, Part One” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by Steve Pugh (pages 1-4, 10-11, 14-20) and Timothy Green II (pages 5-9, 12-13); inks by Steve Pugh (pages 1-4, 10-11, 14-20) and Joseph Silver (pages 5-9, 12-13)

cover by Steve Pugh and Yanick Paquette; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Apr 2013; published 6 Feb 2013
Animal Man Vol. 2 #18

“Rotworld: The Red Kingdom, Epilogue” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh

cover by Jae Lee; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated May 2013; published 6 Mar 2013

Post-Rotworld

Animal Man Vol. 2 #19

“The Funeral” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; art by Steve Pugh
  • depicts Cliff Baker’s funeral

fold-out cover by Howard Porter; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated June 2013; published 3 Apr 2013

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Animal Man Vol. 2 #20

“Tights, Part Two” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jeff Lemire; pencils by John Paul Leon (pages 1-18) and Timothy Green II (pages 19-20); inks by John Paul Leon (pages 1-18) and Joseph Silver (pages 19-20)

cover by Jae Lee; published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated July 2013; published 1 May 2013
Animal Man Vol. 2 #21

“Splinter Species”

  • written by Jeff Lemire

published by DC Comics; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2013; published 19 June 2013

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