Sunday, November 10, 2013

Swamp Thing #25 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Jesus Saiz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 6, 2013

Rumble of the Jungle

Swamp Thing has been such a gem in the New 52.  Scott Snyder's run was so good that I was worried when Charles Soule took over the book.  My fears were immediately put to rest.  Charles Soule has taken the book and made it a more personal story about Alec Holland and how he deals with being the Avatar of the Green.  Swamp Thing Annual #2 set up the confrontation between Swamp Thing and The Seeder and it all comes to a head here.  The final battle for the Avatar of the Green.

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz do something in this issue that may seem easy, but may be the harder than it looks.  They have made an entire issue that is just one fight scene, but do it so well that it is a compelling and fulfilling read. To watch the two battle with their different personalities and philosophies is so good.  Soule doesn't need funny quips and comebacks between the two to keep the reader's interest.  Swamp Thing and The Seeder are both fighting with powers of The Green, but each has their own way.  I hate to reference Episode one, but it is similar to Qui gon Jinn vs Darth Maul.  Good vs Bad.  Right vs wrong.   Unfortunately, we have all learned that good and right doesn't always win.  The ending doesn't seem permanent, but it certainly makes things interesting.  That actually seems impossible.  How can something this good get even more interesting?

Jesus Saiz does such a good job on Swamp Thing.  His art complements the story and the character so well that it's almost unfair.  There is one panel in this issue in particular that will leave you speechless.  It is that good.

Bits and Pieces:

Swamp Thing #25 is great.  Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz wrap up the Seeder arc with style.  The end sets up an interesting future for The Green that I can't wait to read.  Please read this book.


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