After last week’s excellent Annual, the battle between Swamp Thing and Seeder/Jason Woodrue over who gets to be the Avatar Of The Green takes place in this issue, and not only is it an epic confrontation, but it also ends in a shocking way.
It’s difficult to know how to write this review, because most of this issue was just a big fight, and it would be really boring for me and you to just give a blow-by-blow account of what happened. Basically, it was an awesome fight, Swamp Thing went to the Moon, and in the end, it all came down to whether or not Alec Holland was willing to sacrifice his humanity to win. In the annual, the original Swamp Thing told Alec that, if he didn’t want to do something he thought was against his nature, he could just say no, and that’s exactly what he does here. He has Seeder at his mercy, with his foot against his neck, and with the Green screaming at him to kill Seeder. Alec refuses, not willing to compromise, and as such… he loses the battle. The Green removes his power, and gives it to Seeder.
Yep, Swamp Thing lost, which is certainly not how I saw this going. Of course, Alec Holland isn’t truly gone, not yet, as he will live on inside The Green with all of the other former avatars, so obviously he’ll be back eventually, but this was a great, surprising ending to a very enjoyable issue.
I’m loving Charles Soule’s run and now that he’s done this, I’m even more excited for what’s next. What kind of Avatar will Woodrue be, and what catastrophic effects will that have on the world? This book is always moving forward in exciting new ways, and this is the best change yet.
Jesus Saiz’s artwork contributed a lot to how good this issue is, he was asked to draw a lot of strange, impossible stuff in this battle, and he pulls it off perfectly to deliver an epic, beautiful comic. Even though I’ve written a lot less than normal about Swamp Thing #25, I think it’s my favourite comic this week. Short and sweet!