And Then I Read: ARCANE 1


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I’ve only read a few of the Villains Month special titles, and those because of the writer. Charles Soule has impressed me with his run so far on SWAMP THING, with the exception of his handling of John Constantine. The rest of the cast he’s doing quite well. In this one-off we see Abigail Arcane, the new avatar of The Rot, visiting her uncle Anton in is own private hell. Anton was the previous avatar of The Rot, as well as one of the nastiest people imaginable, and he has not changed here. Abby wants to know more about her mother. With some coaxing and treats, Anton tells her. One can’t imagine it was what she wanted to hear, though, it’s a story of heartless cruelty as only Anton could have engineered and reveled in. And just when you think it can’t get any worse…it does.

The art by Jesus Saiz is excellently creepy and horrific, from the cover on. Too bad you can’t tell who did it until you open the book, but I think fans will notice and remember.


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