Charles Soule’s run on Swamp Thing continues to be a very good comic, and this issue may have been the best yet, as it really showed just how powerful Swamp Thing can be.
Picking up from the last issue, Swampy has to deal with a whole tone gone mad on evil Whisky, and a megalomaniacal John Constantine as their leader. It was interesting seeing Swamp Thing so powerless at the start, as he’s trapped and emaciated in the prison. I also really liked Soule’s take on Constantine, I’m still annoyed about him being taken away from Vertigo, but if Soule was writing his solo series, I’d actually be interested. Plus, this issue had some really quite scary scenes with the drunken villagers who had gone crazy with the booze, there was a real dark, Vertigoish feel to this issue, so these characters felt true to that era.
I also liked how easy it was for Swamp Thing to stop this once he had got rid of Constantine’s spell. He is not a superhero, he is an immensely powerful elemental, and that panel of a giant Swamp Thing rising out of the ground was just amazing. The voice of the green that was in Alec Holland’s ear, trying to make him kill all the villagers was very interesting too, it looks like there’s going to be a lot of conflict between the human and the green within Swamp Thing.
The end of this issue brings things back to ‘The Seeder’, who has infiltrated the Swamp, beaten up Capucine (I almost forgot about her) and it looks like we’re going to get the long awaited confrontation between the two of them. I will say that I couldn’t make out what the trees were spelling out on that last page? Could anyone else see what it said?
The artwork here was very good, Kano has been kicking ass on this run, and when your fill-in pages are done by Dave Lapham, that’s just awesome. I’m really enjoying this book right now, but I do feel like the Villain’s Month issue is going to disrupt the momentum, I don’t care about Arcane at the moment, I want more about the new villain, about Seeder.