Monday, April 8, 2013

Animated World of DC Comics: Animal Man (2012)

If you've been following DC Nation on Cartoon Network since its launch last year, chances are you've probably seen the following quickies that were uploaded by various folks. Before we get to the videos, though, a little history lesson is in order on Animal Man.

The late Carmine Infantino co-created the character, who was introduced in the pages of Strange Adventures in the early days of the Silver Age. It wasn't until some 20-odd years ago, however, that Animal Man would finally be granted his own series. Scottish writer Grant Morrison redefined and refined the character, making him much more respected by comics fans. The current series is far more serious than the wacky videos that have aired on DC Nation.

Perhaps following in the tradition of Batman: The Brave & The Bold, Animal Man is never seen out of costume, and is played strictly for laughs. Even more surprising is who was cast in the part------rock satirist "Weird" Al Yankovic!

Now, scope out Animal Man as he agonizes over Black Manta destroying a sand castle meant for a crab, and reams out an average guy for abandoning his dog while Darkseid attacks. Stuff you'd probably associate with MAD instead of a normal comic book, but......

MAD has contributed to DC Nation during the course of its run, as we'll see down the road.

Rating: C.

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