For his first issue, Martin Pasko basically just rewinds a little from where the seventies series left Swamp Thing and picks up like it’s just another issue. There’s an ignorant small town (this time in the South), a helpless child everyone calls a witch and Swamp Thing’s miserable. It’s like nothing has changed.
The issue opens with a flashback of the old series, concentrating on the origin not the subsequent developments, and Pasko does well with Swamp Thing’s internal monologue.
There’s another secret organization and a man in the shadows and someone out to exploit Swamp Thing. The big revelation here is the bio-restorative formula is slowly killing him, something both Swamp Thing and the bad guys know.
Thomas Yeates’s artwork is great, bringing out the horror elements in an otherwise straightforward story.
Then there’s a Phantom Stranger backup from Bruce Jones and Dan Spiegle. It’s pretty good too.