blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 70 (March 1988)

Veitch is still working on his bridge. While Alec heads home for some private time with Abby, Constantine tries to figure out what’s going on with the plants. He meets a bunch of his friends, piecing together various pieces of information.

The writing of these scenes is fine. Veitch makes each friend distinct, gives Constantine a strong voice. But it’s all pointless. Veitch is just busying the reader; none of Constantine’s actions here actually have bearing on what’s going to come.

The art is rather compelling, with the pencillers doing double pages, split into three strips. Alec and Abby get the center, Constantine gets top and bottom. There’s thoughtful crossover between them. Veitch is clearly and precisely thinking about Swamp Thing and its storytelling.

Sadly, he’s not thinking about it being interesting. The best stuff is Chester and Liz’s two bookend scenes, though the Crisis retelling with puppets is hilarious.


The Secret Life of Plants; writer, Rick Veitch; pencillers, Brett Ewins and Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.


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