Batman and Harley Quinn

This movie is Swamp Thing Easter egg heaven! I was so excited by all the references that I’ve rewatched the move twice already. To top it off, my other two favorite characters, Poison Ivy and Floronic Man are the featured villains! My blinders were on for this one. It would take a whole lot for me to dislike the movie.
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Critics and fans will no doubt be miffed by aspects of this film. Zany and unorthodox are descriptors that popped in my head as I watched. It’s surprisingly sexual, violent, funny, and the language -I’d consider to be- for adults. The movie is filled with goofy, whimsical non-sequiturs that feel surreal at times, like something out of Twin Peaks. For these reasons, and so much more, is why I enjoyed this movie so much. Bruce Timm and the creative team present a fun adventure surround by beautiful animation and fun characters. It isn’t quite the world we know from the Batman animated series, but it’s familiar enough that it feels like home.

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The intro sequence is really fun. It was animated by Nate Theis, a college classmate of mine.

The skinny: Poison Ivy and Jason Woodrue have teamed up to save the earth. Their dangerous and unorthodox plan involves synthesizing Alec Holland’s bio-restorative formula and unleashing it upon earth. But first, they’ll need to find the formula. As Jason Woodrue and Pamela Isley leave a wake of destruction, Batman and Nightwing join the case. The two crime fighters need help tracking down Ivy, and no one knows Ivy better than Harley Quinn!

The movie opens at S.T.A.R. Labs. Woodrue wastes no time in killing the security guards while Ivy scours the Lab’s database for information on Holland’s groundbreaking work in the field of Biology.

Within minutes of the film starting, Alec Holland is revealed! S.T.A.R. Labs has the lowdown on Alec and Linda. The case files are retrieved by Ivy and later explained by Batman at the scene of the crime.
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Warning: Spoilers Ahead
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Metal & Bombshells

Dark Days: The Casting 1 (2017)

Catching up on reading, I got around to Snyder and Capullo’s, The Casting. It’s the second prelude book for the upcoming Dark Nights/Metal miniseries. It’s certainly captured my attention and I’m looking forward to the six issues to follow.

I was excited to see a metallic variant cover. my iPad case makes a cool effect, reflected in the cover on the right making it look red.

Like most of what is coming out of DC, the story involves a cataclysmic event that is sure to make you question what you thought you knew. It may very well tear a hole in the fabrics of the space tine continu…. um.

I’m ready for the world changing events to be long gone in our rear view mirror , and am looking forward to DC digging their feet in and forgetting about reimagining their universe. Perhaps a website (where you are) focused on a vegetable based anti-hero (Swamp Thing) isn’t the best place to make hotdog analogies, but DC’s universe shuffling reminds me of how a simple hotdog is so great. It’s tried and true. It doesn’t need to be dressed up or reimagined to be enjoyed. Swamp Thing is tried and true like a hotdog, and the more convoluted his environment, the less satisfying he becomes. But, that’s just one muck maniacs opinion… who’s now hungry for a dog.

The book is packed with great references and nods to classic DC characters and teams. I was pleasantly surprised to see the Parliament of Trees/Swamp Thing referenced on the title page. This is one of numerous books, lately, that Swamp Thing has popped up in or been alluded to. Sadly, he does not appear in this book but perhaps will in the 6 books to come.

The writing and artwork is great. In typical fashion, Snyder is setting the table for a big showdown.

DC Bombshells 32 (2017)
Free for All


Staying true to form within the Bombshells universe, Swamp Thing makes his single panel appearances (see DCBS#5, DCBS#6, DCBS#30, DCBS#31).

Although, this time he looks very strange…

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DC Bombshells 31

Greg Capullo draws Swampy. Meanwhile, Swamp Thing waits in the forest.
July has been a great month for Swamp Thing cameos and related plot developments! The slow burning Hellblazer series makes frequent mentions of Abigail, while the Bombshells deliver actual sightings… albeit a single panel.

DC Bombshells 31 (2017)
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The Bombshells creative team continues to build a really fun story. This issue in particular is very heavy in backstory but they pull it off really well. Most of the issue is depicted throughout multiple flashbacks/exposition and not much in the present, leaving Swamp Thing in the forest, out of the picture. I have no doubt he will play a larger roll in the next two issues. He had too much of a reveal in issue 30 to sit on the sideline.

In related Swamp news, Greg Capullo shared this message on social media earlier this month!
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Although it’s just a fun idea for the moment, who knows what could come of it.
Just the other day, Capullo shared this doodle he did over his morning coffee. An idea has manifested into physical form!!! I’ll keep ya posted if I hear anything further.
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DC Bombshells 30

DC Bombshells 30 (2017)
Winter is Coming

As I figure out a solution to replace the thousands of images on this site that will no longer be visible via Photobucket, I am very excited to share Swamp Thing’s most recent appearance in the DC Universe!
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The last time Swamp Thing made an appearance in DC Bombshells was last year in issues 5 & 6. Nothing came of his brief cameo and I’d always wondered why he showed in the first place. Maybe this is where the trail picks back up!

The exciting and retro universe that the DC Bombshells title provides is a great conduit to introduce new ideas and storylines. I’ve read a dozen or so issues of the Bombshells series but sadly have not kept up with the narrative/continuity so I read this book going in blind. None the less, I jumped right in and am excited to see where  the crew takes me!
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While searching for Raven, Zatanna and Constantine are up against a Game of Thrones/White Walker type scenario and they plan to take a stand against the Killer Frost and Strigo devils! As they make their attack, Zatanna is pinned down by a monsterous tentacle. But guess who comes to her aid?

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“Abigel Kholland”, this Bombshells universe’s version of Alec Holland’s wife! She comes with a crew of Un-Men-like animals.

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I thought it was real neat how Abigel’s jacket has a decaying leaf pattern on it. She helps Zatanna up and gets acquainted. Before long, an introduction to Swamp Thing is inevitable.

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I love Zatanna and Constantine’s reactions. It’s apparently the first they’ve come across Swampy.

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This issue was released last week and more appearances are on their way. Look for further Swamp Thing appearances in DC Bombshells 31-33!

The Brave and The Mold

Batman 23 (2017)
The Brave and the Mold

Batman fans and surface level Swamp Thing fans will find the most enjoyment out of Batman 23. There are great comedic and touching moments in this one-and-done murder mystery starring Batman and Swamp Thing but those moments get lost while trying to wrap your head around the character histories you’re accustomed to. Swamp Thing now has unresolved father issues.
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– cover and variant cover

One night only. Swamp Thing Live at the Apollo!
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It’s  worth asking, which Swamp Thing is this? In the grand history of Swamp Thing and Batman (and even Gotham City) this is another brief encounter between the two DC icons. But, within the first few pages we learn that James Gordon is not aware that Batman and Swamp Thing have been acquainted and that Alec Holland has an estranged birth father. These two items contradict previous DCU/Swampy lore and that’s confusing.
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I found this issue to be fun, entertaining and I was not completely surprised by the confusion that came with it. In trying to untie Continue reading “The Brave and The Mold”

Swamp Thing 31

Swamp Thing 31 (1984)
Brimstone Ballet

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Brimstone Ballet depicts Swamp Thing coming to terms with Arcane’s arrival into the land of the living (again) and Abby’s sudden departure from the land of the living. Arcane has taken her soul and sent it into the depths of hell. Swamp Thing also comes to terms with his powers in this first issue of… “Sophisticated Suspense”

In issue 30 we last saw Swamp Thing taking Abby’s lifeless body into his arms. this issue continues, with Swampy carrying her down the staircase, outside into the snow and away from the house of horrors that Arcane built. Surrounded by demonic Un-Men, Swampy tries to make sense of it all while Arcane toys with his emotions.
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The title page introduces us to a melee erupting from Abby and “Matt’s” new home. Swampy fights his way out.
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The little demon/Un-Man (below, left) looks a lot like Baytor from Garth Ennis’ Section 8. The fella’ on the right looks way in over his head.
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Arcane turns the screws, toying with Swampy. For a moment, he tries to trick Swamp Thing into ripping off Abby’s head, saying that she is not real, but a construct he created using Matt Cable’s powers.
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Arcane continues to taunt Swamp Thing.
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Swamp Thing 30

The Saga of the Swamp Thing 30 (1984)
A Halo of Flies

The saga continues…
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“The returned man smiles…” Anton Arcane is back from the dead and out for vengeance. Like a shockwave rippling across the country, his evil is infectious and spreads. Folks start acting weird, committing violent acts. They start to do very bad things.
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In a sick and cruel twist, Abby’s new home (-see SOTST 29) has become the epicenter for evil.
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“…and everything bad within two hundred miles finds itself heading for Louisiana without knowing why…”
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The story is absolutely chilling. I’ve shared four of my favorite panels so far. The scene the creative team establishes within those four panels alone, is terrifying.

The title page looks like a scene from an EC horror book. Abby’s terror continues as recently resurrected, Anton Arcane launches into exposition. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 30”