Swamp Thing 6 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 6 (2016)
Dark Destiny


Series 6 comes to an end; it’s dark destiny takes us to Houma. The fate of the world is being threatened and Alec Holland calls upon some old friends to help correct his error.

Swamp Thing and Matt Cable mystically swap forms, returning Alec Holland back to his human form. The whole charade is put on by an old, familiar foe…

Anton Arcane!

Of course!! Who else seems to always find a way to return from the dead, hell-bent on world domination?

Since we last saw Alec in issue 5, he’s rallied some allies that are quite familiar with the evil ways of Anton Arcane.

Phantom Stranger! The Spectre! Zatanna!
The last issue has a great cast with some really fun interactions.
Spectre mentions that this is the first time he has met Alec.
Have The Spectre and Swamp Thing met in this timeline/universe? In the chronology/history of Swamp Thing I do not believe Spectre has interacted with Alec Holland (human form) but he has enteracted with Swamp Thing.

Wein and Jones portray Spectre as wicked as Arcane. It’s fun to see him get what he deserves.

Everyone gets a chance to shine in this final issue. Zatanna uses the Hand of Fatima to transform Alec back into Swamp Thing… FOREVER!
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Swamp Thing 5 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 5 (2016)

– this post contains information that may be deemed spoilishy –


This new book may have been delayed a week but it certainly delivers! It’s an extremely fun and imaginative issue, propelling us toward the final, sixth issue. I wish it had kicked the series off. It certainly would have been an entertaining jump start.

Alec may be back in human form but his adventure has only begun. As seen in issue #4, Cable has assumed the roll and form of Swamp Thing and is terrorizing Houma (his base of operations) while trying to take over the world.

The devastation and power that Swamp Thing  unleashes is represented in such a wonderful way by Wein and Jones. The scene in Houma reminds me of the old horror focused comics. Here’s a great sample of Swamp Thing addressing the world through a tv crew.
Having Swamp Thing (depicted as a terrorizing monster) and Alec Holland (bent on vanquishing Cable and returning to his Swampy form) in the same book is the best of both worlds.

Want the scary, overgrown, root-filled demise of a simple townsperson?

Want the smart, honorable, Doctor, troubled by the tragedy his life has been, while being burdened by always needing to do what’s right?

There are a number of highlights within the book but the  Continue reading “Swamp Thing 5 (series 6)”

Swamp Thing 4 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 4 (2016)
Be Careful What You Wish For

– This post does indeed contain spoilers –
This will probably read more like a walk through than a review as I’m still processing how I feel about the series. I reserve most of my criticism until the final page of issue 6 has been read.

I hope you’re all caught up on this six part Swamp Thing mini series. For the most part, I’ve been enjoying it but have been wondering if it will pick up speed now that it’s more than half way through. The slow burn has been extinguished after this fun issue featuring Alec Holland in human form and Matt Cable as Swamp Thing. Last issue left me hoping that the story would take a turn for the weird and unusual. This books begins to steer us in that direction.
Jones’ depiction of Holland on the cover is interesting. He’s very muscular and smooth looking. Why’s his shirt off?

For starters, Matt Cable is a murderous psychopath.
More on this later.
Wein has fun carrying over the instability and crazy that Cable fell into following his adventures with Holland/Swamp Thing in series one and into series two.

The issue begins with Holland and Cable having gone through the process of changing forms with the help of Zantanna.

Unbeknownst to Holland, Cable was aware of the powers that the Hand of Fatima holds and was orchestrating the switch from the beginning.

There are some fun, lighter moments within the book.
Swamp Thing with some smooth moves.

A man of my own heart.
Pancakes: the only type of cake I enjoy, delicious in every way.
Continue reading “Swamp Thing 4 (series 6)”

Swamp Thing 3 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 3 (2016)
Fateful Reunion

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Fair warning: below, I reveal the general plot, summary and characters within issue three.

Issue 3 of the new 6 book mini-series by Wein and Jones came out this week and I’m still processing how I feel about where the series stands now that we are at the halfway point. I get into the weeds in this post so please bare with me. As this series progresses it leaves me with a number of questions and curiosity. The artwork, as always, is stunning. I can’t say it enough, Jones does Swampy justice like very few artists can. Depicting Swamp Thing in the horror genre, Kelley Jones is second only to Bernie Wrightson. I hope these books are reprinted in black and white someday so I can endlessly gawk at his intricate linework and the depths of his shadows.
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Len Wein recently took part in an interview with DC All Access where he talked about the first two issues of series 6 and hinted at this, the third installment. The video ended with him stating, Swamp Thing hasn’t changed in the past 40 years, “he still wants to be human”. This is indeed what Alec Holland wants more than anything but Holland trying to return to his human form seems predictable. Predictable because he can not return to human form for good. He is Swamp Thing. I am extremely excited to see how the last three books play out but we’ve seen this transformation take place in the past and it makes me leery. Unjustly so, I’m aware. Two great craftsmen are at the helm and I should not cast doubt as the story isn’t through yet. But, when it comes down to it, such great power and responsibility (being Swamp Thing, the god-like plant elemental) belongs in the hands of Swamp Thing, the monster. He has lost everything; love, life, family, friends, and there is no returning from that. Therein lies the beauty of such a character. Too tormented to return home, too much potential and power to waste wallowing in pity. There doesn’t seem to be strength in a story that involves him in human form. (By the way, I hope Kelley Jones or Len Wein read this and think, “you blow hard, just you wait! The last three books will blow your damn socks off”)
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Matt Cable is back in the picture! He and Swampy catch up and there is a really tender moment as they reunite. My face lit up when I read this string of panels at the bottom of the page. Cable explains, since they last saw each other, he transferred to a new FBI unit. In series 1, the last time Cable saw Swamp Thing was in issue #20 The Mirror Monster, in which Cable and Abby thought Swamp Thing was killed. In series two, #17-19, Cable explains that after #20 (series 1) he tried going back to work with the government but they tortured him with electroshock therapy to erase his mind and all knowledge of the Holland case. After the shock treatments, Cable went on the run. He eluded the government who sought him out, resulting in a dramatic descent into alcoholism and depression. My long-windedness and the panels below leads me to believe that this guy may not be Cable after all. But, I certainly don’t claim to have it all figured out. Wein and Jones made it quite clear that there are a number of surprises in store for us.
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Above, Cable mentions that Abby and Swamp Thing were inseparable. I’m not quite sure what timeline is being referred to here. In Wein’s interview with DC All Access he mentioned, “I wanted to go back and do my Swamp Thing”. Abby and Swamp Thing weren’t an item until Moore took over. I’m sure we will hear all about the “complicated” details in future issues. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 3 (series 6)”

Swamp Thing 2 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 2 (2016)
A Walk Among the Tombstones

Note: to avoid character reveals and minor plot points, you may want to read this issue before proceeding.

Swamp Thing #2 hit the shelves today and I was extremely excited to see where Jones and Wein continue to take us. The book does not disappoint. The artwork is fantastic. I’ve provided a detail shot of the cover, below. Jones’ depiction of Swamp Thing’s  transformation is an awesome, horrific mix of organs and roots.

In progress, inked cover
Issue one ended with Swamp Thing hot on the trail of Lazlo Wormwood. Wormwood tore Swampy to shreds which is where the book continues.

With Swamp Thing torn in two, he mentions that his focus is divided. This leads me to wonder how his body/consciousness works in this new series. In past Swampy stories, when he’s broken into pieces, he maintains his unified mind. Although, I can’t readily recall an issue where he’s split, perfectly in half. This addresses a pretty cool scenario.

Sherrif Darcy Fox works down in bayou country. This was a fun introduction and will hopefully open the door for more interesting cameos. Lucius should retire down around the Crowley area. Continue reading “Swamp Thing 2 (series 6)”

Swamp Thing 1 (series 6)

Swamp Thing 1 (2016)
The Dead Don’t Sleep

Since this issue comes out today, I took special care to not spoil the plot or reveal the ending. But, please be aware, I do provide an image of one of the featured characters. If you are concerned with spoilers, I’d recommend reading this after you have enjoyed the book.
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The new Swamp Thing book is out and I’ve been eating it up. I’ve read it 6 times now and love the new/return of the old direction. I’m enjoying the characteristic changes and find them quite refreshing. Swamp Thing’s smart Alec tone makes him seem more comfortable and less vulnerable in who or what he is. He is playful in talking to himself as well as during his interaction with others. From this initial issue, he seems like a character who has been around for a little while, has had a few encounters and it’s not his first rodeo. I certainly appreciate the tone that is quickly established. It helps to expedite the intro and setup.

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Newsarama recently interviewed  Len Wein, providing insight on his plans and direction for series six. After the new 52 reimagining, I am very relieved that Wein is taking Swampy back to his horror roots and leaving behind that which the new 52 introduced. Some of his quotes in the interview have me very excited! I thoroughly recommend reading the entire article.

“I love him being part of the Green and, you know, changing bodies and all of the coolness you do. And I do some of that with the first new issues, in — hopefully — very creepy ways… It is a horror comic.”

“In many ways, this is about Alec Holland finally coming to terms with who and what he is in the DCU. That’s the backbone of the entire six issues.” Continue reading “Swamp Thing 1 (series 6)”