Review: Swamp Thing #1

Published on September 12th, 2011

One of the books I was most anxious to read out of “The New 52” fromDC Comics was Swamp Thing. Not because I don’t trust Scott Snyder -after all, in my eyes, he is the greatest Batman writer of all time. After talking to him at Comic-Con this past year about Swamp Thing (you can watch my interview here), I was sure Snyder was going to do a great job on the book


Yet I had no idea how disturbing this book was going to be. Without telling you everything that happens in this first issue, here is a bit of a rundown on Swamp Thing #1, by Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette.

In an intriguing set-up in this first issue, we get a look at an older Superman and see some cameos by Batman and Aquaman. There are some weird unknown phenomena, as we see birds falling out of the sky.

Long-time fans of Swamp Thing know the name Alec Holland. Yet new readers have probably never heard this name before. This is a great intro, since Snyder does an amazing job giving us a bit of Holland’s background. As he remembers parts of his life, this is a great way to introduce a character, while giving fans of the previous work something to be happy about. When I was young, the old Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson issues were some of the most disturbing comics around.

Snyder is the perfect man to do it this time around, as we take the journey along with Alec Holland to find out more about the monster in the swamp. In this first issue we get to see some of the most beautiful emotions from Holland when he’s talking about the woman with white hair. If this is going to be anything like Snyder’s run on Detective Comics, then comic fans, we are in for some remarkable storytelling that will push us to the edge.

Now, after twenty-plus years, Swamp Thing is back in the DC Universe, thanks to one of the upcoming superstars in the comic industry.

And all I have to say about Yanick Paquette’s artwork is: take a look at some of the last pages in this issue. If you are not blown away by them, then there something terribly wrong with you. I love his detailed backgrounds. Like I said, look at the last few pages, and you will see why he is the man for this book.

Simon Daoudi