This book is messed up.
Charles Soule is currently the rising star in comics I doubt there’s any doubt with that he’s gone from an image series (27 I think) a few years back to writing Swamp Thing, Red Lanterns, Thunderbolts and the upcoming Superman/Wonder Woman talk about coming out of nowhere. But Charles Soule has done really, really well on Swamp Thing so far creating a run that might be better than what Snyder did in his 18 or so issue run (0 issue and annual as well) but Snyder’s run was a bit drawn out, but Soule’s run has been fast and really interesting so far.
The seeder arrives in a town and asks people what the Town if it had a mind would want, and they say it would want the old whiskey Brewery, at which point the whiskey tree is created. Swamp Thing arrives to find out what has happened in this town and what the seeder has done, and at which point John Constantine appears.
This is an amazing bit of writing with twists in it great characterisation and an interesting plot this is all you really want from a comic and the arts fantastic as well. That’s what you’d want from a comic right? Well yes I loved this issue it’s the best one yet even beating last issue which was amazing, but this issue is just messed up with one scene in particular, or is just Charles Soule who is messed in the head? I will talk about this particular scene later in the review. When I originally heard about this arc and the premise with the whiskey tree I wasn’t hopeful for what was coming, it sounded a bit farfetched, and my hopes weren’t high, but as you can see from the rating I loved this issue.
- · The cover by Guillem March is striking to say the least and it gives a good summary of part of the issue well, a little too well in fact as one bit shown on this cover really does happen.
- · This is another part of the ongoing arc with the seeder which I'm sure is probably going to go through several stages in the coming months (with an annual in October) but in this issue it's a pretty major step in his story as this arc becomes driven by the Seeder's actions. The seeder is a really interesting villain, but I hope this series doesn't become driven by his actions as that may would wear out soon. In this issue we learn a bit about seeder's motivations. Although they are only briefly mentioned, and we begin to see why he does what he does, and its really interesting, and we kind of feel for him, and understand where he's coming from.
- · As previously mentioned I wasn't originally a fan of the idea of the whiskey tree it seemed far-fetched, and a little silly for this famously dark book, but Soule proved me wrong. The creation of the whiskey tree makes sense it has a logical reason to it, and how it develops is interesting. Then at first it seems like its a whiskey tree, but then something begins to happen, and the twist stomps you in the face (I mean that literally) you get a feeling from the start that's not all that it seems, but you don't imagine it happening like that.
- · Constantine in this issue is incredibly well written, and maybe better than all of his other appearances in the New 52, and that’s not to say the other versions of him in other series are bad just I sometimes feel like he’s sarcastic for the sake of being sarcastic, and he’s a clever guy. Yet in this issue he’s amazingly well written clever, sarcastic, and the trickster he always was, and while his meeting with Swamp thing feels slightly coincidental, it can happen, and he does feel relevant to the plot and not thrown in.
- · Soule seems to be exploring more of Swamp thing’s power set every issue last issue going in to the green to meet with a previous avatar, and the issue before different forms of Swamp thing and in this issue there’s yet another. I won’t spoil how it is done, but Alec goes inside the green to find out what is going on in the town, and it’s pretty interesting and creative. Also I like how Swamp thing continues to change the plant he’s made out of depending on where he is.
- · The ending is sooo creepy, and frightening but the fact is the last bit of this issue is frightening on so many levels it all goes wrong for Swampy in a lot of ways and the final page has the best one line of dialogue I’ve read in a while I literally shivered when I read it.
- · I still like the theme on plant or human for Alec it’s not as bigger a focus as in other issues, but it’s still a focus and the line from Constantine about it is very good.
- · The art’s still good in this issue Kano isn’t as playful with his page layouts as Saiz last issue or Paquette, but I think he’s trying to bring his own feel to the book and he does really well, and the tone he sets for this book is really good it’s bright earlier in the issue, but gets a lot dark and more creepy towards the end. Kano also does a great job with the emotion, and his emotions on characters is really good, and Swamp Thing looks good as well especially how Kano shows how he uses his powers.
- The meeting of Constantine and Swamp Thing feels a little bit coincidental, but hey its Constantine he might have been lying about what he said.
- I might be being a little squeamish, but that one page is just so graphic its not true it just shocked me when I saw it. I'm being squeamish and considering Swamp Thing's history I should have seen it, but this run so far has been a little lighter on blood and gore than Snyder's run, but I may be wrong.
Let it be said that this is a phenomenal bit of writing and great art as well, and this even tops the fantastic previous issue, but that page just shocked me so much, but still this maybe the best characterisation of Constantine in a while, and this really does have so many good points to it. This is a highly recommended series and this really is a run to watch out for as its already rivalling other books on the stands at the minute in terms of quality, but still its graphic.