Today Jeff Lemire announced on his blog that coming this March with issue #29 Animal Man will be coming to an unfortunate end. You can read what he had to say here…
My run as the writer of Animal Man, and the series itself, will come to an end with March’s Issue 29, an issue which I will both write and draw along with Travel Foreman.
As sad as I am to be finished writing the solo stories of Buddy, Maxine, Ellen and Cliff, I am also excited to announce that I will continue to write the monthly adventures of Animal Man when he becomes regular member of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE book I am writing.
After finishing the script for #29, I felt I had completed the story I wanted to tell with the Baker family and thought it was a perfect ending for the series. The best way for me to explore new things with the character would be to move him to a team setting and shakeup his status quo, DC agreed, and the Animal Man series will end with my final issue in March.
And, that last issue will be even more special for me, because I have not only written issue 29, I will also draw the majority of that final issue as well! Original Animal Man artist, the mad genius that is Travel Foreman, will join me to illustrate a framing sequence for my pages. And, my Sweet Tooth and Trillium collaborator, Jose Villarrubia will colour my pages.
I’d like to thank all of the readers and retailers who supported Animal Man since September 2011, making it an unlikely success. I’m very proud of the stories I was able to tell along with amazing talents like Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh, Scott Snyder, Timothy Green III, Lovern Kindzeirski, Jared K. Fletcher, Rafael Albuquerque and Cully Hamner and Joey Cavalieri.
I’d also like to thank DC Comics for allowing me to finish my story on my own terms, the way I wanted it to end.
I look forward to plenty of more excitement and adventure with Animal Man in the pages of Justice League. I’ve written the first five Justice League scripts and Animal Man has really taken on a new life in the book, so I hope you’ll come along for the ride.
With the exciting news of there being a new Justice League book with Lemire on writing duties and Animal Man still being in the mix DC is starting to look strong in 2014. What was your favorite issue or storyline from the New 52 Animal Man series and what would you like to see happen to the character in the future?