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by Grant Morrison

Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Chas Truog, Doug Hazlewood, Paris Cullins, Mark Farmer, and Steve Montano; Painted Cover by Brian Bolland This long-awaited third trade paperback completes the collection of Grant Morrison's legendary re-imagination of Animal Man. Reprinting ANIMAL MAN #18-26, DEUS EX MACHINA follows Buddy Baker through an incredible odyssey of discovery and features a new cover by renowned cover artist Brian Bolland.)
Download Animal Man, Book 3 - Deus Ex Machina epub
ISBN: 156389968X
ISBN13: 978-1563899683
Category: Comics
Subcategory: Graphic Novels
Author: Grant Morrison
Language: English
Publisher: Vertigo (November 1, 2003)
Pages: 232 pages
ePUB size: 1627 kb
FB2 size: 1510 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 488
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Animal Man volume three collapses the fourth wall and the panel; Morrison uses Crises on Infinite Earth as a way to reimagine the multiverse and the relationship of characters to comic creators. Furthermore, elements from issues nine forward start to make more and more sense as the story arc is wrapped up and some of the earlier rushed stories seemed to add into something. The utter destruction of the fourth wall and the extreme meta-textuality works here because the character and plot have built up to it, and because it allows Morrison to comment on many of the flaws he saw in superhero comics in the 1980s. This is not to say every element hits, it doesn't. Some plot lines seem too on the nose, and Morrison's conversation with Buddy in the book have some obvious and weighted philosophical commitments that are in keeping with the characters but seem a little cliche now.

The art is competent but not particularly ground-breaking, and the meta-textual elements are not as fresh now and a little too dead on. That said, it was definitely groundbreaking in 1989-1990 and did deconstruct the superhero in an early different way than say Alan Moore or Frank Miller. For those who enjoyed the first two volumes but felt a little underwhelmed, I think most will think this pays off. For those who did not enjoy the meta-textual elements, well, this won't be their cup of tea.
Grant Morrison's run on this classic title comes to an end in this volume, and boy does he go out with a bang. This was easily the best of the first three volumes.

In this volume, two major things happen. Animal Man goes on a quest to figure out the weird events that happened to him in Africa. It is so wonderfully weird you won't be able to avoid laughing along while you read. Second, the Psycho Pirate comes back and deals with the fallout from the Crisis of Infinite Earths. It starts out fun, and then turns into one of the most heart-warming scenes I've read in comics.

This definitely belongs in Vertigo's all time greats list.
By the time you reach the mind shattering conclusion of Deus Ex Machina, the last volume in Grant Morrison's run on Animal Man, everything he set up from the beginning comes full circle. As Buddy Baker and the strange Highwater go out to the desert, Buddy makes a shocking revelation that will take him to Arkham Asylum to confront the Psycho Pirate; a villain boasting about alternate worlds that no longer exist. Before that though, tragedy strikes Animal Man at the home front in a way he never imagined, and it isn't long before he teams up with the Mirror Master to exact revenge. Just about everything that Morrison has set up from the beginning of his run is tied up here: from the erratic behavior of Animal Man's powers, to the mysterious yellow alien's purpose, to the identity of the apparition stalking his family. All of which reaches the long hinted at conclusion in which Morrison breaks the fourth wall. The art is still take it or leave it, but Morrison's inventive story more than makes up for it. Even all these years later, Morrison's brilliant, at times preachy, deconstruction of this minor DC super hero remains one of his best works, and here's the proof. All in all, if you've never read any of Morrison's Animal Man run, now is the time to give it a look.
There is not much in the way of a proper *story* in this book: events have little relevance or connection to one another. However, apparently this is part of the Author's intent. The idea is to discuss the relationship between creators (specifically comic writers) and their creations. A scenery is presented on "what if a comic character could actually find out that he is just so?". There is a discussion on the meaning of a comic character's reality, of the fact that he is just a puppet to a writer, of him not knowing that his "memories" are actually implanted by a writer etc.

That is the larger, main scope of this comic, which collects issues 18-26 of Animal Man (published late 1989 to early 1990), thus finishing Grant Morrison's run on the title. In a smaller-scope storyline, Morrison acknowledges the Crisis on Infinite Earths (which no character in the DC Universe was supposed to be aware of, except for the Psycho-Pirate) and discusses the meaning of such event to the existence/non-existence of comic characters in the DCU and in real life.

All this makes Deus Ex Machina a singular comic story, especially within the DCU realm. It is not a masterpiece (therefore 4 out of 5 stars), but it should always be highlighted as a very meaningful corner among the twists and turns of DC's mainstream storylines. It is an understatement to call it unusual.

Thorough annotations on these specific issues (18-26) can be found on the Web, in the "Crisis annotations" page (just google it, it's easy to find).