Unlike its sister-title, Animal Man, Swamp Thing has undergone a change in creative team. Snyder has left for Superman and new Vertigo work (such a thing still exists, I swear), so in comes Charles Soule. Soule is a writer I’m not familiar with, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by this one. Just like Animal Man, there’s a step down in terms of epic-ness, but I appreciated the smaller scale and the more detailed exploration of where Alex Holland’s head is at. I also really liked how Soule goes to great pains to show that Swamp Thing is not a superhero, that he doesn’t do things for the good of humanity, but for the good of plants. Having your hero do things like take away food from starving people in the desert is dark stuff, but it works. Swamp Thing is above things like that, but Alec Holland is not, he struggles with it as a man, so he heads to Metropolis to ask someone who’s all about saving humanity, Superman. But on the way he runs into the Scarecrow who has headed to Metropolis to steal some fear plant or something. Chaos of course ensues, and it looks like next issue is going to involve Swamp Thing Vs Superman. This issue seems to have gotten a mixed reaction online, it’s certainly a departure from the mystical stuff Snyder was doing, but I think it mostly works. Soule is attempting to put Swampy into more superhero-type stories whilst at the same time showing how he’s not really a superhero at all. I like it so far, but it’s only been one issue, we shall see. I also really liked Kano’s artwork here, he’s always dependable, and it was good to have a Swamp Thing issue that was not overly complex in it’s layouts. I love Yanick Paquette, but at times he got a bit too over-elaborate.