Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Swamp Thing #6 - Review


Here’s the bold stance I’m taking on this review of the latest issue of this series – why should I give you the rundown of what it’s about when it’s so good that you should have been reading it already? Seriously, if you frequent this blog and you haven’t been brainwashed by my constant raving about this book then you should sign up for the CIA because your mind is impenetrable.

With that little rang aside, this issue finds Dr. Alec Holland against the force of The Rot as their master plan to destroy The Green is put into action. We get to see Holland get pushed to his limit and finally wish to embrace The Green and the mantle of Swamp Thing, which he’s been refusing to do for oh so long. The wonderful twist at the end only makes me want to read more, but I’ll have to bite my hand or knock myself out for a month in order to get it. Synder’s writing is top notch, and as a testament to that I’ve already pre-ordered the hardcover.

The art in this issue by Marco Rudy is just as good. Many of the New 52 titles have had rotating artists and sometimes it’s been a little shaky when they’ve switched off, especially in the middle of a story. But Rudy brings his own style to the Swamp Thing story and I enjoyed every minute of it. There were some wonderfully disturbing images that Rudy deserves credit for in bringing to the page.

So what’s my verdict? Do you really need to ask? BUY THE BOOK. Buy it. Buy it now. I know that it’s not the mainstream superhero stuff, but you’d be doing yourself a favor if you picked this up. If you’re enjoying Snyder’s run on Batman then this should be an easy decision. Solid 5/5.

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