blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 69 (February 1988)

Veitch deals with a big thing–the birth of a new Swamp Thing–rather quietly. The issue sails by, most of the pages dedicated to the mindless new Swamp Thing. Veitch used it for comic relief while Alec (eventually) rebels against the Parliament.

But these are all bridging actions. Nothing much happens this issue. Abby goes back to the swamp; Chester takes her part of the way, they have a conversation to fill some pages. Nothing happens.

The new Swamp Thing trashes a highway in Metropolis. There’s no conflict–Superman never shows up, Veitch doesn’t spend any serious time with the terrified motorists.

There’s a little of that Veitch Swamp Thing logical lyricism but only a little. When the greeter tree at the Parliament talks to Alec on the last page, it’s the first personality the plant’s have shown. Alec’s big moment is his eyes firing up.

It’s too perfunctory.


Wild Thing; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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