blogging by Andrew Wickliffe


The Saga of the Swamp Thing 16 (August 1983)


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For Bissette and Totleben’s first issue, Pasko does something of a refresh. The issue opens with a quick origin retelling, then reintroduces the supporting cast. It’s amusing the previous evil German guy is now a good guy. Apparently, being a Holocaust survivor means you get to later torture and murder people and it’s okay.

Most of the issue is spent with Swamp Thing in a small town where everyone accepts him. It’s the kind of thing Wein did in the seventies series (and did do in the seventies series, as I think about it). Obviously, there’s a reason why they all accept him. It’s an introduction issue, maybe even for readers who liked the original but missed the relaunch.

Seeing as how Abby shows up, for the first time, in a non-speaking cameo.

Bissette and Totleben are off to a fine start; they mix the horror and action well.

CREDITS

Stopover in a Place of Secret Truths; writer, Martin Pasko; penciller, Stephen R. Bissette; inker, John Totleben; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Len Wein; publisher, DC Comics.


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