October 1, 2012
Judging the New 52 #19: Animal Man
It's part of a broader incorporation of classic DC Vertigo characters back into the DC Universe. Swamp Thing received a relaunch at the same time, while Justice League Dark has incorporated John Constantine and Tim Hunter (of Hellblazer and The Books of Magic fame). It could have been disastrous, and in fact I was expecting it would be disastrous, but some fantastic writing and sharp artwork have made these books among the better titles of the New 52.
It's pretty clear that Animal Man is a long-term proposition for DC. The only question is whether or not the title will sink if (OK, when) Lemire decides to leave it.