Swamp Thing #1

Swamp Thing #1 by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette

This one was a no brainer. Swamp Thing is one of DC’s cult classics, due to a legendary run by Watchmen scribe Alan Moore in the 80’s (if you’ve never read it, I highly recommend it). Put the character in the care of Scott Snyder, hot off a ground breaking run on Detective comics while tearing it up on American Vampire, and Yanick Paquette, who recently pencilled Batman Inc., and it’s an equation for a stellar comic book.

This book picks approximately 6 weeks after Alec Holland’s resurrection at the end of Brightest Day. Who is Alec Holland? Why was he dead? What the heck is Swamp Thing anyway? It’s a long story, but if you want to get up to date go here. Anyway, the story starts with Superman, Batman, and Aquaman noticing mass wildlife death, much like the mass bird and fish deaths that occurred earlier this year. Superman goes to Holland for answers. I’m not going to lie, other than a wonderfully horrific scene toward the end of the book, not a lot happens here. Snyder is clearly setting up great things to come, but this is definitely a set up issue. However, great art, tight dialogue and a last page appearance by the title character have me super excited for what’s to come.

I still have a lot of questions, like how much of Brightest Day actually happened in this new continuity. Swamp Thing, like Batman and Green Lantern, seems to be one of the characters least affected continuity wise by the reboot. I love that Snyder is keeping everything that has happened before, while treading ground that has never really been explored. This book is one to watch.

Rating: 8.6/10

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