blogging by Andrew Wickliffe

Swamp Thing 107 (May 1991)

16077Didn’t Wheeler just do an issue where Alec’s in trouble in one place and Abby and Tefé are in trouble in another? It’s apparently just how he structures Swamp Thing.

This issue Abby and the baby are stuck at the Parliament, where she may or may not have unintentionally fallen into the Grey’s clutches. Meanwhile, Alec’s in some underwater prison with hundreds of other plant elementals. Wheeler’s “war” has them as soldiers, which makes one wonder how long a plant elemental is a plant elemental. There are only twenty-five or so at the Parliament, at least readily visible ones… are we talking decades here or just years?

Wheeler also rips the magic out of the plant elementals. He has the characters all explain it with pseudo-science. He’s being far too literal.

Still, it’s not as bad as it could be, just frequently predictable.

Hoffman’s trippy art’s okay too.


Stabs of Life Echoing in a Void, The Quest for the Elementals, Part Four; writer, Doug Wheeler; artist, Mike Hoffman; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, DC Comics.

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