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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy days are here again, 17 July 2014
This review is from: Swamp Thing Volume 4 Seeder TP (The New 52) (Swamp Thing (DC Comics)) (Paperback)
The stories running through issues #19-23 of DC Comics' `New 52' Swamp Thing title are collected, along with issue #23.1, as Swamp Thing Volume 4 Seeder TP (The New 52) (Swamp Thing (DC Comics)). This volume takes an entertaining new direction of sorts, because, or despite, feeling like it fits right in with the Alan Moore (and his immediate successors') period/style. There is humour here, as well as `horror' and mystery, as a new threat to the Green emerges, caused by a mysterious figure hovering in the background, whose activities slowly come to dominate the storyline, while other characters take the foreground, such as Superman, scarecrow and John Constantine, in a way reminiscent of the `good old days' - but not as an imitation, but because they fit right in with the background of the developing story. Comparisons with the Moore days will inevitably arise every now and then, as he defined the Swamp Thing as we now know him, and though that particular avatar has been laid to rest, the real Alec Holland now has to go through many of the learning curves of his namesake, though with the advantage of the knowledge of how he coped, but also in changed circumstances.

We have three stories collected here, a two-parter involving the Scarecrow and Superman, a single-issue story involving a new and apparently ongoing character with links to a previous avatar of the Green, and a two-parter involving John Constantine, unfortunately set in Hollywood Scotland.

The scripting is excellent on these stories, all linked by the new threat of `the Seeder', who has the ability to draw power from the Green and create new green enclaves around the world where they are needed to help the local population. Unfortunately, they require the `green' to be drained from somewhere else to fuel them, and there are always unintended consequences for the Swamp Thing to deal with. There is a bit of mixing and matching with the artists, and the Scottish story can be a bit to cartoony in places for my liking, but overall the quality is excellent, and I enjoyed this collection much more than its predecessors in the New 52.

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Swamp Thing (Vol 5) # 19 (Ref1397567944)
Swamp Thing (Vol 5) # 20 (Ref-226972465)
Swamp Thing (Vol 5) # 21 (Ref-1680029694)
Swamp Thing (Vol 5) # 22 (Ref662580257)
SWAMP THING #23 NEW 52 DC 2013 CHARLES SOULE KANO
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