blogging by Andrew Wickliffe


The Saga of the Swamp Thing 13 (May 1983)


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Pasko finishes up the arc he started the series on and, wow, does it disappoint. It’s not a terrible issue—seeing Yeates draw Satan is pretty cool—but it’s not a good one. This issue is the fourth in the conclusion and there’s no point for it. Pasko’s just dragging it out. He even gets rid of one of his long-time subplots here.

He does have a couple good moments. Like when he shows Christians embracing a new Messiah who turns out to be the Antichrist. The Christians are just too dumb to realize. I’m surprised to see it in a big two comic book, especially from the early eighties.

But that point doesn’t make up for Pasko turning Swamp Thing into Scott Summers for a bit. The only reason he saves the world is because he temporally gets eye beams.

It’s lazy writing.

Then Cuti’s Stranger’s weak again.

CREDITS

Lambs to the Slaughter; writer, Martin Pasko; artist, Thomas Yeates; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza. The Man Who Isn’t There; writer, Nicola Cuti; artist, Fred Carrillo; colorist, Anthony Tollin. Editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.


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