blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 82 (January 1989)

Veitch sends Swamp Thing back to Easy Company, which works out quite well. The pacing is key–Veitch introduces Sgt. Rock, a medic, a bad guy and then a surprise bad guy for the finish. In the meantime, Alec is inhabiting the recently deceased body of an ancestor (or just someone with the same name… it’s unclear).

While there are some big Swamp Thing moments, it’s more a war comic and Veitch seems thrilled to be doing it. He and Alcala’s art is outstanding, especially the mundane activities the troops go through.

Veitch also makes Alec more unaware of the situation than the reader. It’s a nice move and makes the time travel related moments play a lot better. The reader gets some buffer room to better enjoy them.

It’s a fun issue; Veitch acknowledges it’s not a series altering trip through time, just a device to make good comics.


Brothers in Arms, Part Two; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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