blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 91 (January 1990)

16061Ew. I guess Broderick is getting a little better with the people, but now his Swamp Thing is an awkwardly shaped disaster. There’s no grace to the form, no majesty. Alec looks like a Mad Magazine caricature.

As for Wheeler’s writing? Well, he’s doing the Three Wise Men, with Woodrue as one of them. Except Woodrue’s an idiot here–Wheeler can’t write him. The other wise men are just goofy and vaguely racist.

The comic’s vaguely homophobic too.

I’m trying to think if Wheeler does anything well and it definitely seems like not. His foreshadowing is painfully obvious, his attempts at Alec’a internal monologue mirror Broderick in terms of gracelessness. He doesn’t even plot the issue well. It inexplicably stops.

Oh, and he gives Abby postpartum depression to fill some pages.

Maybe it’s a little misogynist too.

I tried to keep an open mind about Wheeler, but it’s slamming shut.


Augurs and Offerings; writer, Doug Wheeler; penciller, Pat Broderick; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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