Animal Man (1988) Issues
Buddy and Maxine make their TV talk show debut to promote the Life-Power Church of Maxine as Ellen heads to Oregon, grappling with her decision to leave her family.
The Life-Power Church of Maxine gets a boost when the members of the band Year Zero become disciples. When a song based on Maxine's teachings catches the world's attention, her personal crusade takes off.
The incredible success of the Life-Power Church makes life too congested on the Bakers' Vermont farm, so Animal Man and Maxine lead their swelling sect on a march across America.
While on their exodus from Vermont to the "promised land" of Montana, the Life-Power Church encounters a variety of obstacles that cast the pall of doom on their journey, including government infiltrators, angry parents and an unexpected pregnancy.
As the Life-Power Church continues its trek across America, Cliff is shot while trying to stop a drunken father from dragging home his son, and only Maxine's calming influence can avert a riot.
Events surrounding Animal Man and the Life-Power Church grow increasingly chaotic. The Baker family reunites even as the injured Cliff struggles with hallucinations, and the government agent who infiltrated the Church slips Animal Man a potentially lethal injection.
His body destroyed, Animal Man's consciousness is drawn into "the Red," the plane of existence where all animal life intersects. A mysterious being in the form of Buddy's mother offers him a choice of two futures.
UFOs descend and purposefully mutilate a giraffe. The Life-Power Church continues to grow. Maxine dreams of a Spider-Queen with whom she strikes a sinister bargain for the return of her father.
Part 2 of the 3-part "Wild Type." Resurrected and returned to his human form, Animal Man rejoins his embattled family during a violent crisis for the Life-Power Church.
Part 3 of the 3-part "Wild Type." A "Monkey Trial" the likes of which the world has never seen occurs when Animal Man stops a mob from killing some baboons believed to have murdered three hunters.
Trapped aboard an alien craft, Maxine enters a disturbing alternative reality of storybook nightmares.
Part 1 of the 3-part "Anima Mundi": Animal Man embarks on a surreal journey to the center of the "Hollow Earth"--a psychic landscape of astral projection, virtual reality and hallucinogenic visions.
Part 2 of the 3-part "Anima Mundi." Animal Man's trip to the Hollow Earth becomes an hallucinatory nightmare.
Part 3 of the 3-part "Anima Mundi." It's a showdown at the earth's core when Animal Man melds his consciousness with the World Soul.
Suspecting that Maxine has been possessed by a sinister force, Animal Man searches for his daughter's kidnapped soul and encounters a strange yet familiar consciousness--the fetus in Annie's womb.
Final issue. The Spider Queen plots to possess Annie's unborn baby while Animal Man embarks on an incredible mission to escort and safeguard his child through its birth. Written by Jerry Prosser, with art by Fred Harper and Jason Temujin.
With the news that Maxine has seemingly been resurrected from the dead, the media swoop in on the Baker farm. And although they're overjoyed by their daughter's return, it may be too late to save Animal Man and Ellen's marriage.
Maxine begins to exhibit disturbing behavior, and Cliff meets the psychic "Saint" Evelyn.
When Animal Man pursues mysterious creatures into the wilderness, he encounters a group of kindred spirits and undergoes a subtle transformation that gives him new insight into the uneasy relationship between humanity and nature.