Throughout Charles Soule’s run on Swampy, the mysterious man known as Seeder has been the catalyst for most of the stories, and in this issue, we finally find out who he is, and hey, it’s a familiar face! Yes, Seeder is none other than Jason Woodrue, AKA The Floronic Man, a character who has a long and storied history with Swamp Thing, so it’s certainly cool to have him show up again.
We discover that, as payment for saving Alec Holland’s life back in the Swamp Thing Annual, Woodrue was given the Seeder powers by the Parliament Of Trees, and he went around planting those seeds and causing all sorts of trouble for Swamp Thing as we’ve seen. He and Swamp Thing have a fight, and it’s pretty great, with Seeder surprisingly holding his own. In fact, Swamp Thing only wins thanks to the interference of Capucine, who, on top of being a bad-ass, continues to be an interesting character as we find out more about her, such as the date of her birth (1114) and that she doesn’t like the ‘B-word’. So, even though Seeder has been defeated, the Parliament Of Trees still likes the cut of his jib, and declare a big surprise!
Both Swamp Thing and Seeder will be given time to train and to reach the full potential of their Green Powers. Then, they will fight again, and the winner will become the new Avatar! I love shit like this, it’s like something out of a Shonen Manga, and the fact that it’s been set up here, means that whenever the final fight is, it’s going to be a big, big deal. Soule’s run on this title has been great so far, but with this issue, I think it took another step up.
I also really enjoyed Andrei Bressan’s work as fill-in artist, especially since his depiction of the trees being twisted into words was much more legible than Kano’s, seriously, I had no idea that said ‘Professor’ until this issue. I also liked how Bressan’s way of drawing Swamp Thing’s unique face was a bit more cartoonish, it really sold the ‘What?’ on the last page really well.
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