And Then I Read: SWAMP THING 9

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I really like what writer Scott Snyder is doing in this title. Yes, it’s the basic good vs. evil battle, but he’s made it work by wrapping it around characters we care about: Alec Holland and Abigail Arcane. Abby has been co-opted by The Rot and turned into that creature you see on the cover, and she’s bent on the destruction of Swamp Thing (Holland). But these two have a long history and a complex relationship, and Snyder uses it all to turn the story another way effectively. The ending suggests another character with a long history is about to return as well. Looking forward to it!

the art by the tag team of Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy is great. This is one of Yanick’s pages, but the styles are close enough to avoid any jarring shift. In fact, it’s hard to tell without checking the credits, though Rudy’s faces are a little different. Both artists are clearly inspired by the work of past artists like Steve Bissette and John Totleben, without slavishly imitating them, and that works for me.

Highly recommended!


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