- Gebundene Ausgabe: 712 Seiten
- Verlag: Vertigo; Auflage: 01 (6. August 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1401238998
- ISBN-13: 978-1401238995
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,3 x 4,6 x 28,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 103.888 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Animal Man Omnibus (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. August 2013
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Praise for Grant Morrison:
"[Grant Morrison is] comics's high shaman."—Washington Post
"[A] comic legend."—Rolling Stone
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Grant Morrison has been working with DC Comics for more than twenty years, beginning his American career with acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN, DOOM PATROL and the ARKHAM ASYLUM graphic novel. Since then, he has written such best-selling series as JLA, BATMAN and New X-Men, as well as his creator-owned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, THE FILTH and WE3. He has been hard at work expanding the DC Universe in titles ranging from the Eisner-Award winning titles SEVEN SOLDIERS and ALL STAR SUPERMAN, to the weekly comic 52 to, most recently, the ground-breaking crossover FINAL CRISIS. In his secret identity, Morrison is a "counterculture" spokesperson, a musician, an award-winning playwright and a chaos magician. He lives and works between Los Angeles and his homes in Scotland.
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Der Schotte Grant Morrison (geboren 1960 in Glasgow) ist heutzutage ein Superstar in der Comic Szene. Seine Markenzeichen sind der Bruch mit konventionellen Erzählpraktiken durch z.B. die nicht-lineare Erzählung komplexer Geschichten. Er ist nach meiner Einschätzung ein Genie - und ein Schaumschläger zugleich. Manchmal habe ich den Eindruck, will er die Leser in erster Linie verwirren - auch wenn die Story eigentlich sooo schwierig gar nicht ist.
Das, was ich gerade über Morrison gesagt habe, gilt für Animal Man eher weniger. Es ist ein frühes Werk des Schotten (ich glaube dies war seine erste US Comic Serie), und hier handelt es sich um eine ausgesprochen gradlinige, kurzweilige und eher episodenhafte Super Hero Geschichte mit Feel-Good Charakter.
OK, gegen Ende bricht er erzähltechnisch die "Vierte Wand" und nimmt als Autor aktiv im Geschehen um Buddy Baker teil. Das führt natürlich zum Streit. Zwischen Autor und Hauptperson. Darüber wer denn nun letztendlich bestimmen kann, was Buddy tun und lassen kann. Und wie eine Geschichte auszugehen hat. Amüsant.
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But Morrison had barely gotten started ...
With the 5th issue ("The Coyote Gospel") it became apparent that he had a lot more in mind. From that point onward, he began to explore Animal Man's nature & essence as a comics character, someone who was gradually becoming aware that he was indeed a character written by someone unknown. The series took a wonderful leap into the metafictional, while still delivering entertaining superhero stories ... but these were examinations of the idea of superheroics as well. As the series progressed into peyote trips & characters breaking the 4th wall with alarming frequency, it became all the more compelling & thrilling. Morrison was clearly going somewhere strange & startling with all of this, and I for one couldn't wait to see where it would end up.
At the same time, he gave us one of the most likable & realistic of families in superhero comics: Buddy's supportive wife Ellen & his children, Cliff & the adorable Maxine. He made the family dynamic such an integral part of the character that to this day, subsequent writers have followed his lead in this regard. He effectively put the lie to the notion that a superhero must be single & unencumbered, even as he examined the power fantasies that so many superheroes embody. This was a family we were happy to spend time with every month!
The storyline eventually went into very dark & troubling territory for poor Buddy, culminating with a meeting between him & his writer. This conceit could easily have been a fiasco. Instead, it worked superbly, as Morrison explained to Buddy (and to the readers) what the pleasures & limitations of writing really are, and how so much of it is drawn from the life experience of the writer. While Morrison would go on to explore these concepts in greater depth in other comics, to my mind he was never more nakedly open & vulnerable than in this final Animal Man story. There's a warmth & affection here that really grabs the reader, a poignancy that lingers long after the final page is turned.
There's always been controversy about the artwork of Charles Truog -- not slick enough, too loose & cartoony, etc. For me, those very qualities made him ideal for this series, where the lead character discovers his existence as a comics character. Of course he should look cartoony! I also think the choice of this art style, as opposed to the hyper-muscularity of other superhero artists, says something important about the body image fantasies & expectations of some (not all) comics readers.
Far too many current comics are largely concerned with being "realistic" -- by which they mean violent & ugly & ultimately shallow. Morrison has never gone that route, finding surreal delight in the most shiny & absurd aspects of comics -- the very stuff so many comics writers & fans reject in an attempt to seem oh-so-adult. In this collection of his first major series, we see the beginnings of Morrison's continually exciting & vivid work. For the thinking comics fan, most highly recommended!
Thanks for a great experience, Grant!
I first came to admire Animal Man in the series 52 DC comics did a few years back (not to be confused with the New 52's Animal Man which I have yet to read). I always seem to like his character though. I liked the fact he was a family man and just an all-around good person. Most comics in the late 80s and early 90s just get too weird and always seem to have an emo type of character. I was surprised to see Animal Man is a happily married man with two kids and a couple of pets. It even includes some family friends and neighbors. The artwork worked for the everyman type of comic too. It's nothing that special, but it simple and well detailed at times.
The one thing that stands out with this comic book among other is there isn't one issue that I didn't like. Many single issues stand out the most like Issues 5, 7, 6, 15, 19, and 26. Those are just fantastic reads and really show the power of Grant Morrison's writing. The entire comic you need to read from start to finish to get the point of it, but as I said before no issue that will leave you disappointed.
Whom would I recommend this too? Anyone who read comic books and wants to read a superhero comic that is just pure fun without all the sappy melodrama. The people who might enjoy this the best though are fans of Animal Man (obviously), people who want to read Morrison's first successful comic book, people who like animals, people who like the fourth wall and metafictional books, and mostly (as I said previously) people who just want a fun comic book to read.
This is Grant Morrison's run and here he's in top form. His creative mind knows no boundaries in this issues and i feel nowadays, not even himself can top what he did in these late eighties issues. So glad to have this new book in my collection.
Patience, as they say, is a kingly virtue. And I, have now been rewarded. What a joyful read. Buy it now before it goes out of print.