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Review: Swamp Thing #1 (Snyder & Paquette)

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 09/06/2011 - 18:43

When the DC Relaunch was first announced, and all the news and promotions that came along with, I decided to give every title a fair shot to see if they could keep me.

Now, just about everything I know in regards to Swamp Thing comes from the 1982 movie and his previous appearance in Brightest Day, which I abhorred.

So, to be honest, I was not expecting much as I assumed this would be another eco-nazi terrorist piece of propaganda.

Glad to say this couldn't be further from the truth! Actually, writer Scott Snyder keeps the green - mean!

Snyder and Paquette provide an opening full of mystery and intrigue; my interest was definitely piqued. Seeing how this is a first issue, one might think it to be heavy on the origin aspects. Credit Snyder for not going in that direction and, similar to Action Comics #1, dives right into the thick of the story. 

The issue also sees an appearance by the present day Man of Steel, with Snyder weaving the super appearance into the story in such a way that I felt wasn't just there to attract readers. Holland and Superman do have a rather interesting conversation about returning.

I was quite satisfied with Yanick Paquette's art as well, as it provides the necessary horror element this book requires - especially for those last few pages! Linda Blair fans take note!

So did Swamp Thing keep me? I'll be getting the second issue, and I think you will, too.