Rich Veitch takes over writing and the result is fine. It’s a good comic, it’s a Swamp Thing comic. Veitch doesn’t try to mimic Alan Moore, which is good; Abby trips on a tuber while Alec goes for a swim in the Green to check in after his outer space adventure.
The art gets, occasionally, psychedelic for Abby’s trip while Alec’s is a little more muted. Maybe it’s the context. Veitch sets up what’s been with Abby–the family problems, the marriage problems, the furry demon problems–and the coming problems for Alec. The issue’s a little repetitive, with Alec repeating his intention to quit the plant elemental business.
Oh, Constantine shows up at the end, sort of a sitcom special guest star, and Veitch writes him overly British. Still looks like Sting, of course.
It’s a good, comfortable issue. Veitch doesn’t try to stake a claim on Moore turf.
(We Could Be) Diving for Pearls; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.