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Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1 - Chapter One Review

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Swamp Thing and John Constantine have made their way to the proper DC Universe. How will the two interact with others and what happens when they meet up with each other?

Now that Swamp Thing and John Constantine are back in the DC Universe, what will that mean for everyone involved and who is Swamp Thing hiding from?

The Good

Right away we get clarification on where these former Vertigo characters stand now that they've been re-incorporated back into the DC Universe. In a subtle way, Constantine reminds Swamp Thing fans of past events involving Alec Holland and the special arrangement they had when Swamp Thing wanted a kid. There is also clarification on which version of Swamp Thing we will have.

It's a strange feeling reading Constantine talking about looking for Batman but as you get further into the story, you start getting pulled in and forget the divide between DC Comics and Vertigo. When Batman and Constantine do meet up, there is a bit of a...conflict between the two, just as you would expect. We also see other ties between John and the DC Universe that do make sense.

The Bad

For some reason the art for Constantine felt off at first. I had some confusion over who was going to actually be in the issue. We've seen different versions of the cover and I thought Zatanna had been replaced by Hawkman yet she's back on the cover. Also, which Batman, Bruce or Dick, we would have changed as well. I do like the choice they went with.

I am definitely interested in where this story is going but it spends most of the time setting everything up. That's understandable with a first issue but this is an AFTERMATH for Brightest Day. There really shouldn't be a lot of set up needed for DC's last big story arc.

Batman seemed a little too angry and short tempered but because of the situation, it does make sense he would resort to violence rather than talking the situation out. Besides, where would the fun be in that?

The Verdict

There may be some angry Swamp Thing and Constantine fans now that they are part of the DC Universe but the way they are incorporated works. We get some clarification that past events between Constantine and Swamp Thing do still hold true. We also find out which version of Swamp Thing we'll have in the DC Universe. I've never been the most die hard fan of either but I have read quite a bit over the years. I can live with them being in the DC Universe and I'm actually a little excited about it. As for this issue, it works to set up the mini-series which is unfortunate as it slows down the pacing. Yes it is a first issue but because it's apparently tying up the Swamp Thing bit from Brightest Day, DC's recent big event, I would think too much set up wouldn't be needed. I wasn't completely won over by this issue but I will definitely check out the next in order to find out what happens with Constantine and Swamp Thing.

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Posted by doordoor123

Batman beating up scene reminded me too much of the Thomas Wayne beating up Barry scene in Flashpoint. It felt like the exact same thing. I liked the smoking joke throughout the comic.
Posted by niamahai

@doordoor123 said:

Batman beating up scene reminded me too much of the Thomas Wayne beating up Barry scene in Flashpoint. It felt like the exact same thing. I liked the smoking joke throughout the comic.

i was more disturbed with how slutty Zatanna was drawn in this book.

Posted by doordoor123
@niamahai said:

@doordoor123 said:

Batman beating up scene reminded me too much of the Thomas Wayne beating up Barry scene in Flashpoint. It felt like the exact same thing. I liked the smoking joke throughout the comic.

i was more disturbed with how slutty Zatanna was drawn in this book.


uhm? Im sorry, I dont think you were reading the right comic. Because the Zatanna in this seemed fine. I didnt see any sluttiness. Unless youre just interpreting it that way.
Edited by Feliciano2040

As a big Hellblazer fan I have to say there's really no reason to be mad at Constantine and Swamp Thing back in the DCU, after all, Dan Didio did say both characters had their respective separate versions, one Constantine and Swamp Thing for the DCU and one Constantine and Swamp Thing for the Vertigo universe.

Posted by Eyz

"Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing"
Or
"That new book in which Constantine gets to smoke a lot, as usual"

Posted by Silkcuts

I don't really see John working, he's whole dialogue is force and unnatural.  It was like half the time Vankin was tossing around classic lines as if he thought guys like me would enjoy it, but if anything made me hate it more.
Really... he pulled the "I'm a nasty piece of work chief. Ask anyone line"... seriously it is like he skimmed Johns life instead of actually knowing John.  It is sad a man who actually edited about 22 issue of Hellblazer could write him so forced and horrid.  The DCU does not benefit from this downgraded versions of Vertigo Icons. 
 
The best thing about this comic is the variant cover... nothing else.

Posted by Feliciano2040
@Silkcuts said:
I don't really see John working, he's whole dialogue is force and unnatural.  It was like half the time Vankin was tossing around classic lines as if he thought guys like me would enjoy it, but if anything made me hate it more. Really... he pulled the "I'm a nasty piece of work chief. Ask anyone line"... seriously it is like he skimmed Johns life instead of actually knowing John.  It is sad a man who actually edited about 22 issue of Hellblazer could write him so forced and horrid.  The DCU does not benefit from this downgraded versions of Vertigo Icons.   The best thing about this comic is the variant cover... nothing else.
 
Agreed, Constantine's lines were different variations of "I'm cool, way too cool", really dissapointing. 
 
@ Eyz said:

"That new book in which Constantine gets to smoke a lot, as usual"

Which one ?