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The Saga of the Swamp Thing (1982) #4

The Saga of Swamp Thing  4This issue concerns a demon who possesses people in order to feed on children’s souls. The children in question must be murdered, of course. The demon targets minority children as it turns out their troubled souls taste the best. So it’s definitely disturbing, but not as terrible as he could have made it. In some ways, it’s a cop out but Pasko’s Swamp Thing is episodic. Any different handling would have been insensitive.

Yeates’s art just gets better and better. He still has a more action-oriented Swamp Thing rendition, but the people and places are exceptional.

A lot of the issue is talking heads and Pasko has definite understanding of complex issues, if not the dialogue-writing chops to perfectly convey them.

He does well enough though.

The Stranger back-up from Barr and Tony DeZuniga is a little off. Great art, but too much emphasis on Stranger backstory.

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