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Swamp Thing #3

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Swamp Thing #3

Credits

  • Words: Scott Snyder
  • Art: Yanick Paquette and Victor Ibanez
  • Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
  • Story Title: Come Hither, Child
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2011

A diseased child takes center stage.

The monstrosity currently hunting Alec Holland never appears in Swamp Thing #3, and instead is replaced by several haunting and disturbing revelations about The Rot and the Arcane family.  Following issue #2’s showdown cliffhanger, Abigail Arcane demands Holland to prove his namesake and his connection to The Green.  Having Holland and his nemesis both take the backseat for an issue may seem like a bold move for series writer, Scott Snyder, but it in fact only increases the tension and urgency of the book. 

Instead of seeing Swamp Thing strictly through the eyes of Alec Holland, a new and deathly diseased child named William is introduced.  Being stricken with a terminal allergy to chlorophyll, William must live out his days confined within a plastic protective cocoon, unable to make physical contact with the green world he lives in.  Surviving his days in the Texas desert may be difficult enough, but it is visions and hauntings of The Rot that truly disturb the tainted boy, giving him powers to control dead matter.  His connection to The Rot proves to be both commanding and disgusting, only giving further evidence to the foul and vile power of Holland’s enemy.

Beyond the revelations revealed through William, Abigail truly steals the spotlight within issue #3.  The beautiful partner of Swamp Thing discloses the true nature of The Rot and its historical connection to the Arcane family.  Knowing The Rot has tried to corrupt Abigail despite Swamp Thing’s protective connection to The Green perfectly builds upon the character’s history, while continuing to expand the mythology.

Initially, I was a little dismayed to see the art details split between series regular, Yanick Paquete, and fill-in artist, Victor Ibanez.  Amazingly, however, the two artists work incredibly well to create not only a gorgeous and flowing issue, but one where the differences between the artists are barely noticeable.  Paquette’s organic and unique page structures still dominate the pages, with branches flowing from left to right to separate frames, while Ibanez truly captures the horrific power of William and The Rot.  It is a rare site to see two different artists complement each other so well in a book.

Snyder, Paquette, and Ibanez truly delivered a powerful, shocking, and at times disgusting book in the new Swamp Thing mythos.  Especially seen through the eyes of a sick child, the fiend that haunts Holland is nothing short of pure evil.  With Abigail’s connection to The Rot, it seems that Swamp Thing may be facing his most vicious enemy yet.

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