Grant Morrison's first American work is represented here in this graphic novel. While ostensibly a superhero, Buddy Baker, and, latterly, Doom Patrol, along with Neil Gaiman's Sandman, were the impetus for DC to create their 'mature' Vertigo line. This is now packaged as a Vertigo item - a fact rather at odds with its' contents.
To begin with we have a four-part, animal rights-leaning, superhero story, with all the requisite fights, Superman appearance, etc. It's very well done, nice dialogue, interesting basic concept, and so on... then we get 'The Coyote Gospel', which is nothing short of an apotheosis for both Morrison, and, causally, comicbooks. A metatextual critique of Warner Bros. cartoons, among other things - what more can any discerning reader want? This one story raises the bar, for Animal Man and for the form, and is followed through on by the quite wonderful, Crowley-fronticed 'Birds of Prey', and a couple of interesting, fun sidelines into the life of a family man turned superhero, dealing with failed old supervillains, and property security.
Some recurrent themes of Morrison's become apparent in this work: fractal geometries, planes of existence, etc., but the work is performed with a fantastic lightness of touch. And! Scottish readers, features a Glaswegian bad guy, using phrases which I must imagine sound like nonsense to the American ear. Great.