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Swamp Thing 33 (February 1985)

So while Swamp Thing has his adventure in “Pog,” Abby has her own one here. Except she’s mostly just in a framing sequence, not quite an adventure.

For whatever reason, Moore brought the original appearance of Swamp Thing into continuity with this issue. So there’s a few pages of Abby with Cain and Abel–Moore’s starting to explore the nature of storytelling a little, something he’d later expand on in Promethea–and then a reprint of the Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson House of Secrets Swamp Thing.

The end ties it all together, but the story isn’t consequential at all. It’s Moore mixing playfulness and good humor. He ends it on a joke. Moore’s often his most startling when he’s doing light comedy. It’s nice.

Ron Randall does the Abby bookend art. It’s the best work I’ve seen from him.

But he’s nowhere near Wrightson.

And Wein’s nowhere near Moore.

One response to “Swamp Thing 33 (February 1985)”

  1. vernon wiley

    At this point, it was really taking a toll on Bissette & Tottleben to do a monthly series with the elaborate art they were producing. I also believe Bissette was having difficulties with DC, and so enjoy these last few issues as Veitch begins his eventual takeover of the series. Tottleben I believe also was suffering from an occular disorder with limited his ability to draw, at least on a deadline basis.

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