This issue, establishing even more asinine backstory, really shows Wheeler’s problem. He’s interested in making his mark on Swamp Thing, not making his mark with Swamp Thing. He’s trying to wow with details instead of actions. This issue, Alec and Abby learn the Parliament contrived his birth as plant elemental in order to guarantee he’d go back in time and start the Parliament.
Also, the Green is sort of an alien; it landed on Earth. Such revelations make one wonder if anyone at DC really cared anymore. Maybe they expected the sales to plummet without Veitch or Moore.
This issue, luckily, has Bill Jaaska on the flashback art. He does a beautiful job with the grandiose, earth-shattering events. Wheeler covered some of them in his first issues, but nowhere does he acknowledge those issues, which is weird.
Terrible writing for Abby and weak Hoffman art round out the issue.
Matango, The Quest for the Elementals, Part One; writer, Doug Wheeler; artist, Mike Hoffman and Bill Jaaska; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, DC Comics.