The identity of the Seeder has been revealed. An ill-tempered Swamp Thing prepares to face him in the heart of the swamp.
Seeder and the Swamp Thing finally come face to face. After all of the imbalance that Seeder has caused to the Green, Swamp Thing is not holding back in this battle. In fact, it takes every bit of humanity left in him to not take Seeder’s life. If you are a longtime fan of Swamp Thing (Alan Moore in particular) you will see the parallels between the initial arc and this one. The revelation of the identity of the Seeder leaves things in a promising track to the Alan Moore style of Swamp Thing. Charles Soule was able to use parts of history in the series while being able to express his work in a unique way.
From the combat, to the teleportation, this issue screamed Saga of the Swamp Thing. Soule was able to engineer powerful dialogue alongside memorable sequences that brought out the inner rage of Alec Holland. His very humanity is put to the test.
The arc began with Holland debating whether he had a link to human life anymore and Soule did a great job of reminding us of Swamp Thing’s inner struggle.
Andrei Bressan had a guest appearance in the artwork for Swamp Thing #24. Soule wasn’t the only one that paid attention to the source material, Bressan was able to harken back artistry and expression that hasn’t been touched in Swamp Thing since the 80’s. Bressan was able to bring out the inner beast in Holland during the combat sequences, as well as draw the emotion out of the lighter moments of the issue. It displays how dynamic the character can be, and each side is given just as much attention as the other.
The issue overall brings Swamp Thing back to a time where the series was more of a horror spectacle rather than a hero comic. Although it may not be for everyone, it is hard not to see and appreciate how versatile the character can be, and most importantly, the strength of the creative team knowing what kind of past the character has adorned. They are walking in the shadow of Alan Moore and they’re not doing a bad job in the slightest.
There wasn’t much wrong with this issue, but there was something that will nag the reader. For a few issues we’ve seen Capucine attempt to speak with the Swamp Thing. We still don’t know her purpose and the comic actually poked fun at it in a few moments. It is hard to see where she fits into this arc and whether she’ll be of importance, but as of right now, it may be difficult to find that link; at least for now.
Swamp Thing continues to impress on every spectrum. With a well-researched development team, and a profound appreciation for the character’s history, the Swamp Thing is heading into an incredible direction.