Monday, July 25, 2022

The Swamp Thing #15 Review


Written by: Ram V
Art by: Mike Perkins
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: July 27, 2022

The Swamp Thing #15 ramps up the action in the penultimate issue of the series as Swamp Thing gathers his allies together for a last-minute plea to the Parliament of Gears.

Is It Good?

Yeah, okay, this is fine. File The Swamp Thing #15 under Deus Ex Machina: The Comic since this is the point where all the character introductions, developments, and plot points suddenly show up out of the blue for the final showdown between the aliens called by The Green to wipe out humanity and the Parliament of Gears.

A Green Lantern-powered Swamp Thing tears through the living machine in full Kaiju mode to stop the Parliament's quest to consume everything (just because it can). There, he encounters some of the more important characters who cropped up in spots over the previous fourteen issues.



Remember Jacob, the current Avatar of the Green? He's fighting in the heart of the machinery when Levi makes a tentative truce with him, restoring Levi's connection to The Green. Remember Trinity, the living embodiment of Nuclear Energy? She strolls up to the battle to lend her help. Remember the Prescot/Pale Wanderer fusion that assumed the role of  Avatar for the Parliament of the Gears? He shows up to look menacing, and that's about it.

Ultimately, the finale comes down to a speech about to be given by Trinity. How she knows anything about the nuances and complexities of the situation, how she knows what to say and who to say it to, and how this all ends up is anyone's guess.

There are cool action scenes as plants fight against machines (sounds like a mobile game), and in fairness, Perkins and Spicer have done a bang-up job illustrating this series.

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About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.


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Bits and Pieces:

The Swamp Thing #15 ramps up the penultimate issue by bringing all the characters together for a final showdown, whether their appearance makes sense or not. There's plenty of excellent art, and the pacing is much improved over the vast majority of this series, but how this will end is the biggest mystery.

7.5/10


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