And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 1

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Len Wein, creator of Swamp Thing, and Kelley Jones had the hit of the recent Convergence crossover event with their version of Swamp Thing, and have been rewarded with a new ongoing series. In many ways it’s a throwback to comics of the past, but at the same time is great fun to read, so I’m all for it. Len’s opening captions take us back to the feel of the original series he did with artist Bernie Wrightson, and Kelley’s art is clearly strongly influenced by Wrightson, though Jones has is own distinct style. It’s not an homage, but it feels retro. Swamp Thing seems to be on his own in the Louisiana bayou swamps, no sign of a supporting cast. His first opponent is a very large crocodile. The story moves in a straightforward way to a rescue, and then a request for help against black magic. The muck monster seems secure in his own vegetable skin, and not full of worries and fears, as has often been the case in recent series. His abilities are certainly informed by what Alan Moore and others did with the character, and Jones has a great time depicting them. So far the story line is uncomplicated and the cast small, but that’s kind of refreshing. I can’t see any reason not to read and enjoy this comic for what it is, rather than hold it up against what other creators have put forth, and that’s what I plan to do. I suggest you do the same.

Recommended.

One thought on “And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 1

  1. Oscar Solis

    Nice post on Swamp Thing #1. Having read #2, I am looking forward to more. While I certainly enjoy Moore’s stories Wein’s take was always a bit more accessible. Having noted that, after reading the second issue it occurred to me that the story could have been just as easily told in 1 issue. It was basically a one issue story. There really was no need to split it into two. I really miss those days when a person could buy a single issue and get a whole story. Considering what comics cost now that should be the norm rather than the exception.

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