Written By Jeff Lemire
Drawn By Steve Pugh
This issue has a really nice cover by Jae Lee. It tells us that this will be the most tragic day in the life of Buddy Baker. Only time will tell from here. I’ve really gotten use to Steve Pugh doing the art for this book. It seems like so long ago that I didn’t really care for it. Boy how I change with the times. This story splits off the Swamp Thing with Animal Man being sent back in the past to save the life of his family and daughter, Maxine.
Animal Man makes his way to the barn where his daughter was taken over by the demons that were working for Anton Arcane. Some really tense panels here as Animal Man isn’t going to go down without a fight. He’s hellbent of protecting his family as any man in his situation would. While battling the Demons Animal Man is down, but thankfully with the help of Sock the cat ( I didn’t make this up, I swear.) Maxine learns how to use her power from the red to heal the people who have been infected with the Rot from Anton Arcane.
Arcane’s bratty little nephew William shows up (first appearing the the pages of Swamp Thing) to lend a hand for the Rot. Maxine and Animal Man are too late and Animal Man’s son Cliff jumps in to save the life of his father. Animal Man gets William away from his son while the creeps infected with the Rot have no problem killing William. Feeling that somehow Anton his tricked and betrayed the Rot.
Cliff is has protecting his dad, Animal Man and is fatally wounded. Buddy holds his dying son in his arms and mourns. Powerless Animal Man and his family look on as Cliff succumbs to his wounds. I really didn’t see this coming and this we crazy. You saw the cover and was like “Oh sure, tragic, right.” After all the hell he went through you kind of got the feeling that Animal Man would get through this whole storyline without a hitch.
I don’t really know how I feel about Cliff being killed off. I didn’t see that happening. But I’ll give credit to the whole creative team that for once a comic book lived up to the cover and made you really give a damn. Heart wrenching stuff and I recommend that people that really loves amazing comics read this book. Makes you really think at what price victory?