Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Swamp Thing #5 - Review

ALEC HOLLAND STEPS UP TO BAT


This month's issue of Swamp Thing, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Yanick Paquette, finds Dr. Alec Holland surrounded by monsters of The Rot and finally reaching out to the power of The Green inside of him. But while he battles the forces of The Rot on American soil, a whole new set of problems arises overseas as someone moves in to destroy the avatars of The Green once and for all.

Snyder and Paquette were the debut team for this series and it was wonderful to see them paired up again in this issue. Synder is building Dr. Holland's transformation into the Swamp Thing in a delightful slow-burn sort of way that is making it all the more satisfying to see the powers of The Green displayed in the fight for survival. And Paquette's art fills each and every page with life-like action, emotion, and powerful imagery.

If you're reading this book alongside Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman's Animal Man then you're probably just as excited as I am for the two books to crossover. It's been hinted at since the beginning and it looks as though we're getting closer and closer to the inevitable meeting between Dr. Holland and Buddy Baker. When these two superhero fused horror titles combine it'll be one of the most anticipated comic book events in this reviewer's history. Never have I cared about two characters from the big two more than Batman or Hal Jordan, and Synder and Lemire are responsible for doing so.

This issue, just like this month's Animal Man, gets a 5/5. It was purely outstanding. Not to mention the awesome scene where . . . Oh hell, just go buy it already!

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