Swamp Thing 156 (July 1995)

16126Phil Jimenez pencilling Swamp Thing. I sort of get it–he’s realistic and the story this issue is set in the real world. It’s a real world retelling of the first Swamp Thing comic only this time the Hollands have a daughter… and Swamp Thing arrives from another dimension to save them.

There are, not surprisingly, complications.

Millar uses the “real” Alec Holland to narrate the issue. The regular Alec–you know, Swamp Thing–he pops in and has some scenes with the Hollands, but he mostly bonds with the daughter.

The daughter is the stand-in for the author of the “River Run” short stories, which means she’s writing them about Swamp Thing. It’s a little odd. I’m hoping Millar ties it together because otherwise it all feels too contrived. Good issues or not, his frame seems false.

The Jimenez art is good, but lacks personality. Wrightson he ain’t.


River Run, Chapter Five: Darker Genesis; writer, Mark Millar; penciller, Phil Jimenez; inker, Kim DeMulder; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, Richard Starkings; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, Vertigo.

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