Swamp Thing 87 (June 1989)

This issue has huge vertical double-page spreads from Yeates. Swamp Thing ends up in Camelot and the big pages give Veitch and Yeates a lot of space for their story. It’s not even a particularly big story, just very full of medieval imagery.

Veitch lets the art do all the heavy lifting. There’s nothing particularly complex to the plotting, but Veitch does get in some funny stuff. For instance, King Arthur’s a blithering idiot–a head injury has impaired his intelligence and has him searching for the Holy Grail. Swamp Thing spends a good deal of the issue potted, talking to Merlin.

I suppose Vetich’s decision to have the time travel be so matter-of-fact–the Shining Knight’s around and he’s a frequent traveller–cuts down on plot intrigues. It also makes it much more fun.

It’s also the first time in a while Alec gets interior dialogue.


Fall of the House of Pendragon; writer, Rick Veitch; artist, Tom Yeates; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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