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Swamp Thing 97 (July 1990)

16067Besides Pog, about the only thing Broderick draws well this issue is Etrigan.

Wheeler goes overboard into Hell’s politics as it accommodates new alien inhabitants–it’s really boring stuff and Broderick’s art is just too silly for it. Hell’s not horrifying, it looks like a toy commercial. It’s incredible Broderick couldn’t make bugs scary… scary bugs should be a requirement for Swamp Thing artists.

Alec puts together a crew to help him search for Tefé, but it’s unclear why he picks Abin Sur after learning Sur directed her to Hell in the first place.

While Wheeler ably ties the issue into one of Veitch’s unresolved subplots, he loses major points when he ends on Alec wailing “No!” off-panel. It’s even goofier not to see it.

The comic maintains its momentum–it’s a child in danger story after all–but Wheeler’s trying too hard again; his writing still lacks personality.


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

One response to “Swamp Thing 97 (July 1990)”

  1. vernon wiley

    I remember Broderick doing fan art back in the seventies. Then he got a gig doing occasional contents pages in the 100 page DC spectaculars. Not great, not bad, I guess competent. But Swamp Thing? Definitely a missed match on editorial’s part. Swampy needs a messy, gross sort of linework that Broderick just isn’t capable of.

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