Book: Swamp Thing #33
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Javier Piña
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Summary from Comixology: “Swamp Thing has more enemies than he ever knew—and one of them is someone he once called a friend. But once said friend has put a magical hit on you, and a squadron of occult assassins shows up on your doorstep, it gets difficult to smooth things over…”
I feel like I should start off by saying that this is only the second Swamp Thing book I have ever read. I picked up issue 32 because it was a crossover with Aquman and I really enjoyed the book. After reading this book, I was a bit confused but I caught on pretty quick, and thoroughly enjoyed the issue. I mainly picked this up because it was the first part to a new story arc titled The Wold and the Lady.
I’m a pretty big fan of Charles Soule, and this book just proves why I like him. His writing is really top notch, and he keeps you guessing what will happen on the next page. Yes, I was confused but it was still fairly easy for a “noob” to follow along in the story. I really enjoyed the splash towards the middle of the book that shows Swamp Thing battling some environmental problems that have been created by one of his so-called “friends.” There was also a “baby” swamp thing created to help him maintain a better connection with the Earth… it was adorable and I now want one. I also want to mention how much I loved the art of Javier Piña. I loved that the art wasn’t “clean” or well defined.
Now, this may be because I’m not familiar with the book, but there was a love story side plot that I wasn’t completely into. I would have much rather have seen the “Avatar” fight more of the demons he was fighting, but the love story did add to the cliff hanger at the end of the issue. Though, I do wish it was a little easier to understand what was going on since this was the beginning of a new story. Besides the love story, there wasn’t much more to be found wrong in this book.
The Final Say:
If you are looking for a new book to read, I would highly recommend jumping onto this title. It was a fun ride from start to finish. As I mentioned it was a little confusing at first, but you should be able to catch up on this book fairly quickly. I give this book a solid 3 out of 4, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed it you pick this book up today. If you have already read this book, let us know what you think of it in the comments!