The Last Days of Animal Man 2 (August 2009)

624875.jpgNow Conway really gets into that eighties vibe with a lengthy expository origin of the villain (of the issue or of the series, the second Mirror Master’s daughter–I didn’t know there was a second Mirror Master) and abandons Animal Man for a bit. It’s kind of rough going, but taken with a gulp of that solid DC Comics nostalgia, it goes down all right.

Different, however, is the “new” Green Lantern–a whale–and the new Justice League (Nightwing, Starfire, other folks, and a black Flash). It’s jarring. Last Days of Animal Man is an imaginary future story? I mean, that’s cool, the kind of thing DC ought to be doing more of, but there really needs to be a label, especially for people like me, who have abandoned DC for the most part these days and need to google to see if the whale Green Lantern is “real.”

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CREDITS

Rage; writer, Gerry Conway; penciller, Chris Batista; inker, Dave Meikis; colorist, Mike Atiyeh; letterer, Clem Robins; editor, Chris Conroy and Joey Cavalieri; publisher, DC Comics.

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