Man, Swamp Thing never gets a moment’s rest does he? No sooner has he dealt with Seeder and started to dig into the truth behind Capucine, but a new problem turns up in the form of The Sureen. It was obvious from the very start that Swampy shouldn’t have been so trusting of these cultists, but I’m still intrigued as to what their true purpose and motives are. Charles Soule’s run has been excellent so far, and keeps on improving too. If you’re enjoying his She-Hulk, pick up his other book about a big green person, it’s just as good!
Swamp Thing is initially confused about The Sureen, and has no idea who they are. Their leader, Knot, explains that their organization worships The Green, and are there to help the Avatar, and to do things for them that only humans can do. Brother Jonah comes out to confirm that this is true, and also to reveal that he knows Capucine, in fact, he was the Swamp Thing who offered her ‘Sanctuarium Folium Viride’ in the first place. If all of this stuff with The Sureen feels a bit retconny, it is, but Soule makes sure to give a good reason why we’ve never heard of them before. The Parliament Of Trees locked the memories of The Sureen away from the current avatars, because some of the things they could do needed to be kept a secret until they actually happened. It’s a bit wonky, but by the end of the issue, it makes sense. The Sureen say they do all this without asking for anything in return, but they do want one thing… for Swamp Thing to grow a special magic fruit for them to eat as Sacrament. He does this, and The Sureen, along with Capucine and Brother Jonah, get high as balls on this fruit and get as close to the Green as humans can. I’d like to see a story where a down on his luck Swamp Thing starts growing weed and magic mushrooms to make money, that would be amazing.
This partying allows The Wolf and Lady Weeds to sneak away from the house and head back to New Orleans, where, well, they are up to something. The Wolf is looking for a way to get back the money he made back when he was alive, and he threatens a Lawyer to help him get it, and we see Lady Weeds start to get some tattoos all over her arms. I’m very intrigued as to what these two characters are up to, and how they plan to regain some form of power.
Swamp Thing wakes up to find them gone, so he sends Capucine and Jonah off to find them, and then finally asks what the special task The Sureen can do for him is. The answer is that they can allow him to transfer his mind into the body of a human for a brief period. As I said, it makes sense that The Green would want to keep this a secret, as if every Avatar knew they could do this, they would do it immediately abandon their duty. We also find out that the reason they never came to this Swamp Thing before was because the original Swampy was never actually human, which makes sense. Swamp Thing does this ritual, and transfers his mind into the body of a Sureen called ‘Pistil’, but as soon as he does so, it’s clear he’s been double-crossed. He falls unconscious, the Sureen take off their robes and fake bears to reveal that they aren’t what they seem. They zip up the now empty Swamp Thing body into a bag, and disappear. When Alec Holland wakes up in his new human form, his house is on fire and he immediately starts puking up blood. So yeah, that was a mistake.
This was another strong issue from Soule, and Jesus Saiz’s art was great too, I particularly loved the page where everyone was tripping out on his magic fruit, that was beautiful, and allowed Matthew Wilson to break out from his usual green and brown dark colour scheme.