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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 7 (November 1982)


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Swamp Thing continues his cruise ship adventure, ending up fighting a giant undersea monster. It reminds a lot of the first series, only this time there are subplots. Casey, Swamp Thing’s former charge, has turned out to be an evil psychic. Or something along those lines. It means more action scenes for Yeates, who handles some of them beautifully—Swamp Thing getting knocked around by a tentacle, for example.

The issue sort of fails though. It’s great looking and Pasko’s writing is fine, but there’s nothing to it for Swamp Thing at all. The subplots don’t have to do with him; Pasko spends more time on regular scenes with the supporting cast. Not being having Swamp Thing talk is really starting to hurt.

The Stranger backup is notable as Barr goes all out for an anti-war statement. On art Fred Carrillo does well enough. It’s interesting, but not compelling.

CREDITS

I Have Seen the Splintered Timbers of a Hundred Shattered Hulls; writer, Martin Pasko; artist, Thomas Yeates; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza. The Haunting of Amanda Dove; writer, Mike W. Barr; artist, Fred Carrillo; colorist, Adrienne Roy. Editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.


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