Grant Morrison, also known as The Writer, was an adversary of Animal Man. He could alter reality by writing a story.
He was writing about the life of Animal Man - with tragic results, where Buddy's family was brutally killed. Animal Man was able to reach Morrison's home, where they discussed the nature of Buddy's existence. Grant explained that he controlled every aspect of Animal Man's life, showing him the comics he had written. Buddy became angry, knowing that Grant Morrison was responsible for the death of his family. The writer was remorseless, noting that the drama of the story did the comic more realistic. Grant explained that the real world is far more bleak than the comic book reality, and that he has used the comic as a mouthpiece for his own concerns about animal rights.
Eventually, Grant revealed that this was his last issue of Animal Man, and that there would be a new writer soon. Buddy was incredulous, demanding that Morrison bring back his family. The writer simply commented that the discussion had become boring, and provided Buddy with some villains to fight as a distraction. Animal Man was defeated by the villains, while Grant thanked the editors and artists who helped make the book, and named some specific readers who wrote in and inspired him.
Morrison noted that it's only a comic, and Buddy was actually alright. Before leaving, he seemed to have a sudden change of heart about Buddy's family, and as he disappeared from the page, he told Animal Man to forget they ever met. Suddenly, Buddy was in his home, his family was alive and well, and he cried tears of joy. 
During War of the Gods, the Writer was pressed into service in the Suicide Squad. He mentioned that once he had wrote about himself as a comic book character, he had been introduced in the continuity, and another person was controlling him. In the middle of war against Circe's army, the Writer was not able to write quick enough. He was killed by a Beastiamorph.
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