blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 79 (December 1988)

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There’s something immediately compelling about Veitch’s take on Superman and Lois Lane. His Lex Luthor, fat and mean-spirited, is a little less interesting (if competently done), but his Lois and Clark are positively realistic. But Veitch also loves playing with the Superman standards–Clark changing into his costume while falling off a building, putting back on his suit while running up it–it’s a lot of fun.

Of course, it’s a Swamp Thing comic where Alec plays second fiddle to the guest stars. In some ways, even Chester and Liz make more impact than Alec does here. They’re at least moving forward–Alec is just responding to events outside his control. He’s reacting, they’re growing.

Veitch returns after two issues off Swamp Thing with a good Superman comic. The issue, even cleaning up old plot threads, doesn’t feel particularly rooted. It’s fine, but it’s cooler looking than anything else.


Waiting for God (Oh!); writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.


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