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Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:35 pm

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SWAMP THING #29
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale MARCH 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The three-part “Gift of the Sureen” arrives to usher in major changes to The Green! Alec Holland begins his journey across the globe in search of the truth behind an incredible offer from the mysterious cult known as the Sureen!



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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Thu Mar 06, 2014 1:39 pm

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Punchy » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:06 am

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.

8/10

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:53 pm

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:11 pm

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Stephen Day » Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:55 pm

I continue to be impressed with this series. This issue introduces a cult that traditionally worships the Avatar of the Green. Trouble, of course, comes about from this point. I'm not going to go into details about what sort of trouble, but the set up from events this issue look to be very interesting.

On top of this situation we also get to see what the Wolf and Lady Weeds are up to. It appears to be no good, but we shall see where things go with this story.

This series continues to be one of DC's best.

9 out of 10
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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Amoebas » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:38 pm

I had a problem with the Sureen. As I was reading the book, I just wanted to know why in the world would a group that worshipped the Green, had never been seen of before. It bothered me so much that I was thinking Soule's previously fantastic run on Swamp Thing was over because the explanation (if one could exist) would be dragged out over various issues with a lot of nonsense. But then in an otherwise insignificant panel near the end of the book, in a simple two sentence caption box, it gets thoroughly explained.

Lesson learned - don't doubt Soule.

Swamp Thing continues to be one the best books in print nowadays because Soule is making it his own - he's making Snyder's excellent run look mediocre because Snyder just reused familiar themes and supporting cast members that had always been a part of Swampy.
Abby, Arcane, the Parliment of Trees - gone
Capucine, Jonah, Wolf, Lady Weeds, the Sureen - new

And not just new... interesting. Lady Weeds especially. As much as Wolf looks to be the troublemaker, Lady strikes me as the infinitely more dangerous.

Saiz's art fits the tone of this book near perfectly (my downside is, while I understand Swamp Thing's connection to all things 'green' I just wish he could look a bit more... swampy).

Story - 9
Art - 9
Overall - 9

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Stephen Day » Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:50 pm

Amoebas wrote:
Swamp Thing continues to be one the best books in print nowadays because Soule is making it his own - he's making Snyder's excellent run look mediocre because Snyder just reused familiar themes and supporting cast members that had always been a part of Swampy.
Abby, Arcane, the Parliment of Trees - gone
Capucine, Jonah, Wolf, Lady Weeds, the Sureen - new


I agree and I think it's one of the things that I'm most loving about this series right now. The past is still there and it's being respected, but there's also a sense that the character is being moved forward. As much as I enjoyed Snyder's run, I never got that sense when he was writing this series.

And not just new... interesting. Lady Weeds especially. As much as Wolf looks to be the troublemaker, Lady strikes me as the infinitely more dangerous.


I love both of these two characters, and I agree lady Weeds is clearly the more dangerous of the two
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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby AngusH » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:09 pm

Put me down as someone else who rolled their eyes at the Sureen having existed for all Avatars of the Green, only to have Soule deliver the smackdown a few pages later.

When I got back into Comics again it was just after the New 52, and Swamp Thing was one of the first books I started reading, being very familiar with Moore's run. I loved Snyder's Swampy up until the Crossover Event That Shall Not Be Named and was very wary of the change of writers to Soule, who I was not familiar with. How wrong I've been.

Moore took Swamp Thing from the realm of generic B-grade horror monster to one of the most interesting in all of comics, and every Swampy run since has been highly indebted to his work. While the same is true of Soule, he has used them as a base for his own quite major developments for the character, and I think it compares very favourably to Moore's run.

I loved the previous arc, but #29 looks to be building up to something pretty darn epic in its own right. Who are the Sureen, what is motivating the former Avatars, and what is going to happen to Swamp Thing now?

With the amount of books Soule is writing at the moment, I can only hope he sticks with Swampy for awhile yet.

9/10

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:35 pm

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:46 pm

GLX wrote:Any ideas for tomorrow's pick?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... =61&pl=348


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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby Amoebas » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:28 pm

GLX wrote:Any ideas for tomorrow's pick?

http://www.midtowncomics.com/store/week ... =61&pl=348


Walking Dead #123

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Re: Review Group #420 - Swamp Thing #29

Postby GLX » Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:48 am

I'll mix both of your ideas together in a new thread. Stand by.

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