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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 14 (June 1983)


Lots of guest stars this issue, not just the Phantom Stranger (who apparently is losing his backup in the trade). Dan Mishkin’s filling in on the writing and Bo and Scott Hampton on the art. It feels like a completely different Swamp Thing.

Except, of course, it doesn’t. It feels like another “creature of the month” entry, as opposed to some lengthy narrative. It’d be a nice break from what the series just went through, except Mishkin’s creature is a crystalline version of Swamp Thing.

Oh, and this one’s evil and power hungry.

It’s not terrible and the art from the Hamptons is certainly interesting. Their Swamp Thing looks just like everyone else’s (basically a mix of Wrightson and Redondo), but their people make it worth a look.

And since Mishkin’s just filling in, it’s not necessarily bad he doesn’t bring anything new for Swamp Thing to do.

It’s passable.


Crystal Visions, Shattered Dreams!; writer, Dan Mishkin; penciller, Bo Hampton; inker, Scott Hampton; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.

One response to “The Saga of the Swamp Thing 14 (June 1983)”

  1. That’s where I discovered the Hampton brothers, of course unaware that they’d eventually become lifelong pals of mine. I was just excited that somebody was drawing Swamp Thing so much like Wrightson!

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