After returning from the endless void of space, the elemental
force known as the Swamp Thing discovered that, in his absence,
a replacement had been created to take his place as the avatar
of earth's plant life. Unwilling to kill this new, as-yet
unborn spirit to restore the delicate balance of nature, Swamp
Thing instead resolved to find a way to coexist with his would-be
successor. His first attempt, however, proved less than encouraging
- and set an unbalanced doppelganger of himself loose on the
world. Now, with the embryonic elemental growing more corrupt
with each failed incarnation, Swamp Thing is about to find
a new way to look at the problem - a way that points to John
Constantine as the pivotal, yet unwitting agent of success...
is a bit of a winner. It takes a look at how each Swamp Thing
is created - and why the humans that are chosen all have similar
sounding names. It also examines the importance of the "sprout"
and what power this small item contains.
are the two criminals being chauffeured around in a Limousine
by an alternate Swamp Thing? Why are they being driven around
and why don't they call the police when they realise that
they are slowly being starved to death? Abby
and Constantine also have to perform a certain act, I won't
spoil what, but I was sure that the whole thing would turn
out to be a sick Constantine gag.
is so much crammed into this collection, that I'm itching
to read this collection again - to pick up the subtle elements
(no pun intended) that I no doubt missed on my first read
only slight moan I have is the fact that the illustrations
certainly show their age. This collection was originally printed
in comics form back in 1988, and it's obvious.
that's only a small quibble in what is an otherwise faultless
collection. Swamp Thing
fans will be in their element.
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