blogging by Andrew Wickliffe


The Saga of the Swamp Thing 8 (December 1982)


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This issue features Swamp Thing and company–I’m tempted to start singling Liz out because I think she remains a character, but I’m not sure yet–on an island with a bunch of scenes from classic movies. You get to see Tom Yeates, for a couple pages, do a King Kong adaptation. It’s awesome.

Unfortunately, Pasko established himself as pretty serious early on in the series and doing an issue with a giant gimmick is beneath him. Oh, there’s a whole plight of the Vietnam vet thing going on too, but Pasko’s handling of it is far from innovative. It’s a serious subject and Pasko’s ambitious to try to discuss it… It’s just a bad execution.

The awesome artwork easily makes up for the story’s bumps though.

The Stranger backup too discusses war, but in a far broader sense. Barr doesn’t do a terrible job, but these backups are all pretty useless.

CREDITS

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid; writer, Martin Pasko; artist, Thomas Yeates; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza. If the Sword Should Slay the Dove; writer, Mike W. Barr; artist, Fred Carrillo; colorist, Adrienne Roy. Editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.


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