Animal Man’s success was “unexpected”, Jeff Lemire has said.
The writer discussed his fears before DC Comics’ launch of the critically acclaimed New 52 title with Comic Book Resources.
“When I got the book over a year ago, before the book’s launch and the New 52 was being discussed, I was obviously really excited about it and had a lot of high hopes for what I could accomplish with the character and the series,” he said.
“But when you’re launching that many new titles at once, as fickle as the current comic book marketplace is, you never know if you’ll have the chance to succeed or fully realise all the ideas you have in your mind. You kind have to enter it all cautiously optimistic, hoping you get to tell at least one good story; anything else is just extra.
“The reception we ended up getting on the book and the success it had was really unexpected. It far exceeded anything I think anyone at DC expected, too. That success has obviously been gratifying and great, but it also gives you the freedom to go ahead and start planning bigger stories ahead, planning on being with the character long term.
“That’s something I haven’t really had a chance to do with any other series yet at DC for different reasons.”
The title is currently crossing over with Swamp Thing and Lemire’s former title Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. in the ‘Rotworld’ storyline.
“I know writers say this all the time, but by the end of ‘Rotworld’ there’s going to be huge status quo shift for both series where the books we’ve been writing the past year will not be the book that we’re writing the second year,” he said.