Swamp Thing has tracked down the mysterious ‘Seeder’ to Scotland, and what happens when a vaguely Vertigoish character ends up in the UK? Well, a guest-appearance from John Constantine of course!
I’ve been enjoying Charles Soule’s run a lot, and this was probably the best issue so far. Soule rights a good Constantine, we got to see Swamp Thing use his powers in more interesting ways, the conflict between Man and Plant was front and centre, and the villain just gets more and more interesting. It’s looking like Seeder is not actually a bad guy, he wants to help people, he just doesn’t really know what he’s doing or think of the consequences. In this issue, he tries to save a small Scottish town that fell on hard times when their whisky distillery closed down, by creating a tree that grows whisky. At first this seems like a great thing, the townsfolk have their spirits (heh) lifted and are having a great time. But there’s something wrong with the whisky, it’s not even whisky, and it seems to drive people who drink it crazy. Including Constantine. I loved the ending to this issue, with an insane John declaring himself ‘The Whisky King’ and telling the people to kill Swamp Thing, it was just crazy.
Kano returns on art here, and he continues to do a good job. I do feel we were spoiled a little by having Jesus Saiz as a fill-in last time, he may be even better! This story is shaping up to be very interesting, not only is there the whisky tree stuff, but the larger conflict between Swamp Thing and Seeder. Soule is asking us to see a man trying to help people as a villain, and someone who takes things away from us as a hero. It’s complicated and very cool. And that’s not even mentioning Capucine! She’s not in this issue, but she’s going to be important I think.