Both of these issues were enjoyable, with Swamp Thing being, quite frankly, an amazing read.
I'll start with lesser of these two issues Animal Man #18. It wasn't as good as Swamp Thing, but that certainly doesn't mean it was bad. It very nicely finished off the storyline running through this series for a the past year and a half and presented some interesting plot threads for upcoming issues.
So, Maxine frees the organic beings within the last two members of The Hunters Three. Instead of ancient humans who were corrupted, former avatars of The Red, out popped two guys wearing what looks like yellow wet suits asking about the Taproot and the Ascension Chamber. I think I'm interested in seeing what the heck is up with this.
The ending of this issue was as tragic as the front cover suggested, The final page with Buddy and his wife cradling Cliff's dead body was really well done. The page before that, with Cliff saying good-bye to his parents and his final words of, "I saved you dad -- hero -- like you," only added to the impact of that final page. The only part of the ending I found disappointing was the death of William Arcane. That creepy little kid was a great villain and could have been used in some interesting stories in the future.
Finally, Swamp Thing #18. as I already stated, this issue was amazing, easily the best thing I read last week. There were so many good moments with the biggest was Alec killing Abby to allow her to replace Anton Arcane as the new avatar of The Rot. After that came the two quieter, but no less impactful moments of Abby's final farewell to Alec and her gift of her's and Alec's bodies so that Alec could bury them together.
This whole issue was one great moment after another. I'll miss Snyder on this series. He'll be a tough act to follow, but I'm willing to give the new creative team a chance.
Thank you Troy for the sig