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Swamp Thing 81 (Holiday 1988)

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Veitch does a sequel to one of the first Swamp Thing issues–I think back in the Wrightson days–and he captures some of that series’s cynicism. Mind you, he’s doing it with a superhero guest star and part of a big crossover event. I almost wish he hadn’t done it because it’s so downbeat. But it’s good.

Most of the issue is spent with Abby and Chester meeting an alien, but there’s a little of Roy Raymond recovering from his ordeal. Veitch doesn’t hint why Raymond gets the attention, but it gives he and Alcala a Louisiana hospital to draw and it looks fantastic.

The issue shows how essential Abby is to Veitch’s approach on the series. Alec doesn’t even show up this issue, but the issue’s outstanding anyway. Maybe even because Veitch gets to tell the story through Abby.

Veitch handles the required big event crossover issue sublimely.


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

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