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Swamp Thing Annual #2

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:08 pm

Tying directly into the current storyline with The Seeder—witness the next evolution of Swamp Thing! Alec’s going to need to take his powers to another level to take Seeder down...with help from the stranger coaches imaginable! Plus: an appearance from a Swamp Thing you never thought you’d see!

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Javier Pina
Cover by: Travel Foreman
48 pages
On Sale: October 30, 2013

Tony G at ComicVine has done something a bit different with the preview this week. 8)

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Postby IvCNuB4 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:37 pm

Like the coloring of the logo against the rest of the cover

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Postby Punchy » Fri Nov 01, 2013 9:08 am

In the most recent issue of Swamp Thing, Charles Soule set up the upcoming battle between Swamp Thing and Seeder (AKA The Floronic Man) over who gets to be the Avatar of the Green. In this issue, the build-up to that sure to be epic fight begins, as Swampy takes a journey into the heart of the Green and also into his own past.

The issue opens with a very well-written and intriguing monologue about the nature of the green, and about it’s conflict with the red being about food, about how certain beings need to eat to survive, but plants, the green, don’t. We see a strange look at an alternate world where humans live on photosynthesis, but also a look at some of the earliest Avatars of the Green, including an awesome Diplodocus Swamp Thing. It turns out that the person giving this speech is a former Avatar and member of the Parliament of Trees, and he’s a rather fat-looking jolly Swamp Thing. I like how Soule is exploring the concept of the Parliament being, well, a Parliament here, and how the different members disagree and fight. We’re seeing a similar thing with the Parliament of Limbs over in Lemire’s Animal Man at the moment, and whilst that battle for control has been a lot more violent, it’s cool to see these parallels, and that these two books are still linked, even with Rotworld over.

This previous Swamp Thing has put his support right behind Alec Holland in the upcoming fight, so he’s brought him to the Green to help him develop his strength and prepare. To do this, Swampy has to visit another former Avatar, Lady Weeds, who is pretty bad-ass. She teaches Swamp Thing that his powers are much more potent than he thinks, and that he is more than just the Swamp Thing body, the whole fucking Earth is his body. I do have some concerns about Swamp Thing becoming way too powerful, but since Lady Weeds is also teaching this same stuff to Seeder, he’s going to need it. Lady Weeds also delivers an excellent flashback, where we see her defeat a rival for the Avatar crown, and also that she caused the Great Irish Potato Famine out of spite, which is all kinds of fucked up.

After picking up Lady Weeds’ lesson, it’s time for one last former Avatar to talk to our hero, and it’s one we’re already very familiar with… it’s the original Swamp Thing! Yes, it’s the plant that thought it was Alec Holland, the character from all of those classic Len Wein and Alan Moore stories. It’s easy to forget that the current Swamp Thing is actually a different character to the classic character, so it was a lot of fun to see them meet and to see the differences, even if they are basically the same entity in a lot of ways. Alec is pissed at his predecessor, blaming his failures for the fact that he had to become Avatar, and they have a small fight, but in the end, they make peace, and classic Swamp Thing delivers an important lesson, that if Alec doesn’t want to compromise, to change who he is to win, he can just say ‘No’.

I am very excited for the fight between Swamp Thing and Seeder, and this Annual really built up that anticipation even more. Most Annuals are pretty disposable, but this one really isn’t, it’s an integral part of Soule’s ongoing story, and he uses the extra page length really well and develops the world of this character even more. The artwork was also fantastic, with Javier Pina and Kano delivering a lush depiction of The Green, as well as getting across the true power of these characters, and also imbuing them, even though they are weird plant-monsters, with a lot of humanity and personality.
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Postby syxxpakk » Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:40 pm

What a fantastic issue. Lots of really neat back history on the Green and the Parliament. It's popular to hate New 52 DC, but you have to feel bad for the people missing out on fantastic books like this one.
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Postby Stephen Day » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:50 pm

I loved the Wolf and Lady Weeds. The really fun part of this series was learning about parts and aspects of the Green that have never been explored before by other writers. It was interesting to learn about the politics surrounding the Parliment of Trees.
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Postby Amoebas » Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:44 am

A great annual is hard to come by (has been for a looong while now). But this issue fits the bill!

Swamp Thing exploring the Green to get ready to kick Woodrue's ass was a fantastic read (made all the better by what happens in ST #25).

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