8:18am PT by Graeme McMillan
Jeff Lemire Announces End of DC's 'Animal Man'
After two and a half years, DC Entertainment's critically-acclaimed Animal Man will come to an end next March. This isn't the result of low sales, however; writer Jeff Lemire wants fans to know that the conclusion comes at his request -- and that he's not done with lead character Buddy Baker just yet.
"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," Lemire wrote on his blog this morning. "The best way for me to explore new things with the character would be to move him to a team setting and shake up his status quo. DC agreed, and the Animal Man series will end with my final issue in March."
Lemire, whose comics include the independent graphic novels The Underwater Welder and Essex County in addition to his DC work on Green Arrow, Justice League Dark and Animal Man, will draw "the majority" of the final issue, he explained, with original series artist Travel Foreman returning to illustrate a framing sequence for the issue.
"I'd like to thank all of the readers and retailers who supported Animal Man since September 2011, making it an unlikely success," Lemire wrote, also thanking the various artists he had worked with on the series, and DC Comics "for allowing me to finish my story on my own terms, the way I wanted it to end."
Lemire will continue to work with the character, however. "I will continue to write the monthly adventures of Animal Man when he becomes [a] regular member of the new Justice League book I am writing," he wrote, referring to the as-yet-unnamed series that was announced as Justice League Canada this summer. "I've written the first five Justice League scripts and Animal Man has really taken on a new life in the book."
Animal Man #29 will be released this March. Lemire's new Justice League title is expected to launch in April.