Rating: 4/5 – Wein and Jones Continue After the Convergence mini!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
When Swamp Thing came out as part of the Convergence event last year, the Swamp Thing two-issue series was on of my favorite titles of the entire event. Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein and horror art master Kelley Jones took a more classic take on the character that wasn’t necessarily seen in Scott Snyder’s portrayal of the muck monster in the New 52. Obviously there was quite a positive response as the same creators are reunited with the character in a new six-issue series.
The highlight of this first issue, much like it was during the Convergence event, is Jones’ art. I was appreciating Jones’ art from the closeups of Swamp Thing’s face with his small eyes hidden deep within heavy blacks and shadows, to full figure poses that show his huge form and exaggerated muscles. Jones’ take on the character is one of the best I’ve seen and that’s saying a lot considering the history of the character and all the creators involved like Wrightson and Totleben.
Jones even gets to draw an appearance by the Phantom Stranger who appears in the second half of the book warning Swamp Thing that there are dangers in his ignoring the Green. From there we meet a family looking for Swamp Thing’s help in finding their son who volunteered for a dark experiment at his University. His teacher, Professor Crisp was looking for help from his students in proving that there was life after death, and now not only is the son missing, but so too is the Professor.
Wein’s story is decent, but I thought it took a while to get going due to an unnecessarily long opening that could have been edited down, especially since this is only a six issue series. Once the main story did get underway, I enjoyed what I read and look forward to reading more. That being said, there could have been no story at all and I’d still be on board for this series just to see Jones’ amazing art. Swamp Thing is a series with two creators I wish could run for dozens of issues, but with this only being six issues, I’ll savor each and every page.
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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