Written By Jeff Lemire
Pencils By John Paul Leon & Timothy Green III
Inked By Joseph Silver
I think I have said just about every positive thing you can say about this comic book. I finished reading this issue of Animal Man and knew from the fantastic storytelling and artwork that this was the best damn thing I had read that week. The icing on the cake was the sweet, sweet cover by one Jae Lee. ( No relation to Stan.)
This issue brings on guest penciller John Paul Leon, who I feel would be a bigger name in the industry if he just drew more comics. But he doesn't so you take what you can get. John is a awesome artist and this issue tells the tale of Red Thunder. Red Thunder is the film that Animal Man starred in when the new Animal Man title first launched with the New 52.
The issue reads as if you are watching the movie. Buddy Baker (Animal Man) plays a hero named Red Thunder. After he saves someones life, the whole heroic act gets uploaded to YouTube. (Or a reasonable parody.) Red Thunder becomes an internet hit. He takes on an agent and his crappy life is turned around. Other than the fact that his wife has left him for another man and she's taken his son with her.
With his life a series of talk shows and hanging out with startlets, he runs afoul a movie studio head and stops him from taking advantage of young lady. The studio head honcho then sues Red Thunder and he is dropped by his agent. (Isn't that the way it always is.)
His agent also tells him that they now own the rights to the name Red Thunder and his uniform. Left with nothing he fakes his own death and returns to the shadows to help people as a dark and silent hero. (Sounds original, if you don't count Batman.) I kid, this book had me pumped the whole time I was reading it.
The ending was very strange. You have Buddy Baker sitting in a hotel room watching the Red Thunder film still mourning the loss of his son Cliff and he gets a phone call. It's from his agent and he's just been nominated for the Oscars for best actor! What a strange and cool way to end this issue. I'll be back to put over another DC title so tune in later this week for more reviews and more of my typos. (They are done on purpose!)