Swamp Thing #8 - 'Eye Of The Storm' - Snyder, Paquette and Rudy
Story - It's all been building to this. We've had 7 issues of Swamp Thing where Alec Holland hasn't even been Swamp Thing. Yes, he's met previous Swamp Things, he's had visions, but it's not quite the same is it? Now, in this issue, the new, uber-Swamp Thing is unleashed!
And he has wings!
It's pretty damn cool.
Scott Snyder has taken a very deliberate route with this title, slowly building up the threat of The Rot, and now the first big fight between the forces of The Green and The Rot is here, and it's exciting to see. Sometimes the slow pace of this book has been rather infuriating, but here it all pays off, as Swamp Thing's battle with the various disgusting monstrosities The Rot confronts him with carries real meaning. The story here is really a battle between abstract concepts of life and decay, and that would be hard to get across if we hadn't had the build-up we've had.
As it is, this issue was very satisfying, as it feels like the book has finally coalesced into what it's meant to be, Swamp Thing fighting against not only The Rot, but also his true love, who is transformed into a terrifying insect-like creature. I felt it was clever for Snyder to hold off on showing what Abby had been transformed into last month, allowing the reader a month to come up with something terrible in their minds. And whilst the actuality isn't quite as hideous as my imagination, it was till pretty damn creepy.
This was another very good issue of Swamp Thing, and I really am lost as to how Snyder is going to keep up the pace, we know that there's a crossover between this title and Animal Man in the pipeline, if the scale of the events in this issue isn't enough to necessitate that, what is? I have no idea, and that's great.
Art - Perhaps the true star of this issue is the art, Yanick Paquette and Marco Rudy share the duties here, and they do a great job. This book is a visual feast, the panel layouts are fantastic, reaching almost JH Williams' III levels of innovation, and the detail of the art is equally wonderful, Paquette's depiction of all the various Rot-horrors is excellent, disgusting hybrid creatures that I could never imagine, and that makes them all the more scary.
Best Line - 'I'll take that... as a no'