And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 1-3

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The premise of this revamp of the classic DC horror character is a bit hard to follow at times. Alec Holland is back from the dead (as seen in BRIGHTEST DAY), but is not Swamp Thing. Or, not yet, exactly, though he does have memories from the Alan Moore SWAMP THING character, who turned out not to be really Alec Holland. Confusing. But with that out of the way, I liked these issues in general. Alec has sort of been given a new chance to develop into a champion of The Green (meaning all plant life on Earth), if he wants it. He’s not sure, but events are pushing him inevitably that way.

Meanwhile, a new menace has arisen, a champion of The Black, which writer Scott Snyder describes as Rot, or decay, clearly a dangerous force to all life, and a pretty good idea for an opponent to just about any living thing. This new champion of The Black is a mere child, and one with severe disabilities, but before long he’s chomping up people right and left. Some of Snyder’s horrific touches are disturbing, and work well in the story.

Swamp Thing’s old flame, Abby? She’s here, too, but in a much different role. One I like.

The art by Yanick Paquette (with Victor Ibáñez on #3) looks quite good. I worked with Yanick a few years ago and he was good then, but seems to have brought his skills to a new, higher level for this series, perhaps inspired by original Swamp Thing artist Bernie Wrightson, who gets some nods, as does later SW artist John Totleben. His art is quite attractive, and full of effective design and lighting techniques, as well as some quite disturbing horror images. I didn’t like Ibáñez’s work as much, though, so hopefully Yanick can keep up with the schedule as much as possible to make this book his own.

The storyline is good, the characters well-developed, and I’ll be reading more of this. Recommended.

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