Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Swamp Thing #32 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Jesus Saiz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 4, 2014

Die Grun

Swamp Thing is a great book that's also deep and layered.  Charles Soule uses every issue to build on the Swamp Thing mythos while telling an engaging story.  He's good like that.  Last month ended the Gift of the Sureen arc and this month we dive into a crossover without coming up for air.  If my horrible puns didn't indicate it, Aquaman is in the house.

In Aquaman #31, Alec and Aquaman went at it pretty good.  While it seemed too much like a "my powers are better than yours" little kid fight, it ended with Swamp Thing heading off to the Philippines to stop a growing threat.  That's where we pick up here.

Like I said earlier,. Charles Soule has added so much to the mythos of the Green.  One of the craziest things was Swamp Thing destroying the Parliament of Trees.  While it was hinted that there would be consequences, this issue they come home to roost in the form of a Kreuzblutler.  I won't spoil exactly what it is, but it looks like a giant algae Kraken octopus.  In other words, it looks pretty awesome.  Swamp Thing definitely has his hands full with this guy.

Have no fear because Aquaman is here, right?  Wrong!  Anyone reading Aquaman's book will know that Arthur hasn't made the greatest decisions lately.  Charles Soule continues the trend.  Aquaman shows up and even though Swamp Thing is in trouble, he continues their earlier fight.  Then he tries to fight the Kreuzblutler with some fish.  Bad move for the fish.  Way to go Aquaman.  Don't look at me, I voted for Orm.

This leads into my main problem with crossovers like these.  I always have a hard time believing it when characters have never heard of each other.  I'd at least think that Swamp Thing would have heard of Aquaman, a member of the Justice League.  I'm sure I could play five degrees of Aquaman and link the two pretty quickly.  Hint...start with Flash.

Suspension of disbelief aside, Swamp Thing gets a German lesson and he is introduced to another new part of the Green.  Soule has done it again.  I think he could expand the Green in his sleep.  He also ends the book in a cliffhanger that may be expected, but is still awesome and has me excited for next month.

Jesus Saiz's art is up to his usual great standards, but nothing inside could top his cover this month.  It is so good.

Bits and Pieces:

Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz have done it again.  Soule continues telling great stories while expanding on the Green while Saiz draws everything like he was born to do it.  While Aquaman is a bit thick headed, the book ends with a great cliffhanger that readers have been waiting for.  Get ready because the real battle's about to begin.


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