Lemire is a rare duck - he's one of those comics writers who is not only capable of writing and drawing his own excellent alternative comics (Underwater Welder), but also delivering quality mainstream superhero comics. But Animal Man isn't your typical mainstream character. Years ago, Animal Man was spun off into the then-flourishing Vertigo Universe - a sort of comics for grownups imprint from DC Comics. Back then Grant Morrison was doing interesting and weird things with oddball characters like Doom Patrol. But now, DC seems intent on burying the Vertigo Universe, forcing adult and odd characters awkwardly back into their superhero universe and Lemire is as much up for the challenge as Morrison was. Sure, Lemire might not be a psychedelic mind-fuck like Morrison, but the nightmare of the Rotworld (paired perfectly with Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing) is an intensely surreal horror story that seems to just keep spinning out larger and larger.