Albuquerque Joins Lemire's "Animal Man"

The L.A. Times reports "American Vampire" artist Rafael Albuquerque has signed on as artist for Jeff Lemire's critically-acclaimed run of "Animal Man." Albuquerque will take over art duties beginning with "Animal Man" #24 in October.

"'Animal Man' is a book that's very close to my heart," Lemire said in a statement. "Since we launched the series as part of the New 52, I've been blessed to work with two incredible talents in Travel Foreman and Steve Pugh, and now I get to collaborate with one of my favorite artists, and favorite people, in Rafael."

Albuquerque will join the title during the brief "American Vampire" hiatus, and stated he'll continue as artist on the Scott Snyder-written series.

"Also, for AV fans! Don't worry. Everything is on track," Albuquerque said via Twitter, and was backed up by Lemire on the social media platform.

"Don't worry about American Vampire folks," Lemire stated via Twitter. "[Rafael Albuquerque] is on AV hiatus and can juggle both. [Scott Snyder and I] are sharing him!"

Although best known for his work on "American Vampire," Albuquerque also provided art for DC's "Blue Beetle" from 2007 to 2009. However, "Animal Man" will be his first post as ongoing artist in the New 52.

"Animal Man" #24 hits stores in October.

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