It was probably the surprise hit from the New 52 relaunch, from a character that had never hit the sales highlights and whose critical light had dimmed since the days of Grant Morrison, Peter Milligan and Jamie Delano.
But Animal Man did well. A lot better than any expected, with Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman, Steve Pugh and more, driving the character forward, gaining fans and, it seemed, also gave us the only married lead character in the New 52.
Well, that wasn't going to be allowed to last was it?
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.
That evil DC Comics, cancelling a fan favourite series, why I… oh? No? Something else?
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.
Well, that's a thing. Not since Sandman has a creator ended a work-for-hire comic book… any other examples people can think of?
UPDATE: Sandman and Young Avengers… good calls.