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Swamp Thing, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
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Mar 07, 2012

it was amazing
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Read in March, 2012

I had never read any Swamp Thing before, but picked up issue 1 of this comic just because of Scott Snyder's name on the front (who's quickly becoming one of my favorite writers). This book is absolutely amazing. The seven issues in this volume sets up an expansive fantasy/horror epic, one that will be increased tenfold in size with the highly anticipated Animal Man crossover coming in a few months.

This opens with a recently resurrected Alec Holland, who, from what I understand, has never been featured prominently as a human ever, in the 40 year history of Swamp Thing comics. He's warned of an approaching horror -- one that will almost certainly end the world, and him returning as Swamp Thing is the only chance the world has. It's essentially the same 'end of the world' plot that has been used and reused and ran into the ground time and time again, but what makes this so great is Snyder's execution of the story. Like Animal Man, it effortlessly combines superhero mythology with absolutely terrifying gross-out horror, and fantasy on a scale reminiscent of Stephen King's (Scott Snyder's mentor) Dark Tower series. The final issue's last pages sent shivers down my spine, and has one of the coolest endings ever.

Yanick Paquette's art is also mindblowing. Instead of going for the standard comic book panels, he mixes everything up, creating these elaborate splash pages that will have you flipping back through and staring at each page in wonder.

Simply put, I can't praise this series enough. Like Animal Man, it's given me a reason to look forward to the first Wednesday of every month. If you have even a remote admiration for comic books, check this out.

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William Thomas Scott Snyder is the best thing going in comics these days.

Hayden Indeed. I've loved all of his stuff so far, he's just consistently great. He's also worked with the best artists in the game today. Like I mentioned Paquette on Swamp Thing, and Greg Capullo is knocking it out on Batman, and Francesco Francavilla's art in Batman: Black Mirror is probably the best art I've ever seen in a Batman comic.

Arthur I'd love to see some more chatter about Swamp Thing..
cheers, A.

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