Sowing the Seeds of Swamp Thing

Review by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

The new DC Universe marks the return of Swamp Thing and Alec Holland but not in the way that you might think.  From the classic title font to the very creepy villain that turns up in the book, 2011 Swamp Thing is Swamp Thing of the 80’s.  And Scott Snyder’s writing is perfectly matched with Yanick Paquette‘s art.

Issue #1 opens up on an ominous scene of animals dropping dead in their respective environments.  The book quickly switches settings to Louisiana where Alec Holland, who is narrating the story, is now working on homes as a carpenter.  Holland is visited by none other than Superman but the visit is a thinly disguised “checkup” to find out if he has any knowledge of the recent animal deaths.  He reveals to Superman that he remembers bits and pieces of Swamp Thing’s memories.  Holland had run away from his life and work as a botanist to live a simpler life and to forget the memories of Swamp Thing but unfortunately for Holland and fortunately for us, something doesn’t want him to forget.  The something  appears to be the “Red” or the spiritual representation of animal life.  The Red takes it gruesome shape from dead animals stuck together to form one giant monster.  Up until the end of the issue, the story is void of the title character, Mr. Green Jeans himself, who shows up to stop Holland from doing something he already said he did…to get rid of the chemical that turned him into Swamp Thing.

Snyder could not have been a better choice to write this book with his moody and atmospheric work on Detective Comics lending itself to Swamp ThingThe writer is going for the setup on this book, taking his time reintroducing the character to the mainstream of the DCU.  Clearly, there is fun being had by Snyder; contrasting Holland’s former Swamp Thing life, who is a part of the green, to his current carpenter life, who causes destruction of the green.

Right from the get-go, it’s obvious that Paquette’s art is perfect for this book from the classic-looking Swamp Thing cover.  The art weaves in and out of the classic and creepy style when the story deems it necessary to change.  The creepiness of Pacquette’s art is present in his design of the villain that is comprised of animal remains in the book.

Forget about the Red/Green show, it’s more like Red vs Green to the death and you can only find it in the pages of the new Swamp Thing.

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One Response to “Sowing the Seeds of Swamp Thing”

  1. […] isn’t much more we could say about Swamp Thing that we didn’t already say in our review.  With #1, Snyder started laying the root structure for the book all while setting up a crash […]

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