Dog Welder, Steve Dillon, Totleben, Bissette

I’ve been looking forward to this week’s Six Pack & Dog Welder issue for a number of reasons. I love the world Garth Ennis and John McRea have created in Section 8. My favorite member of the Section 8 team is Dog Welder who happens to be the focus of this current series.

In 1997, Steve Dillon introduced Dog Welder to the world in Hitman 18. The late, great artist also created this week’s spectacular cover.
It’s an homage to the Swamp Thing 47 cover by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben released 30 years ago.

In this issue -much like Swamp Thing in The Parliament of Trees– Dog Welder explores his history and roots. He finds himself amongst a gallery of statues, much like a Parliament of Dog Welders.

I’ve been loving this series. Like all Section 8 stories, it’s crude, unorthodox cast and storyline is extremely entertaining. Wrapped up in Section 8’s current shenanigans is, John Constantine. As the featured guest Constantine adds another element of significance that the storyline and Dillon’s cover pays tribute to Swamp Thing. I’m looking forward to the next issue of this six part series to find out if Swampy is mentioned or if there are any more references to him.

it’s a stretch but I enjoy how much this western/pioneer era Dog Welder mask is shaped kind of like Swampy’s face.

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