Mark Millar

Ultimate Spider-Man 86 (January 2006)

Maybe not everything should get an Ultimate version. For example, Bendis opens the issue with Ultimate Damage Control. Does there need to be an Ultimate Damage Control… probably not. But Bendis uses it for exposition and to frame his flashback. It’s okay enough. Except the arc’s not about them, it’s about Ultimate Silver Sable, who’s […]

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Swamp Thing 171 (October 1996)

Millar hits a home run with the final issue. He ties up all sorts of things, the little things he’s done throughout his run, the bigger things no one ever could have done without his arc. He rewards the faithful reader, with more than a few nods to memorable events in long ago issues. The […]

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Swamp Thing 170 (September 1996)

Poor Chester and Liz, they only get a page together. But Millar does give Chester just about the only joke in the entire issue. It’s Alec–turned into a human Alec Holland again–versus the Word. The Word is the embodiment of God’s power (they call him the Voice here, probably as not to alienate any readers). […]

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Swamp Thing 169 (August 1996)

It’s the big Constantine issue. Oddly, Millar hasn’t really given his own new characters much to do. Instead he relies on the classics to wrap up the comic. It’s appropriate and all, but one might think a writer would be selfish. If Millar’s writing this finale dispassionately, he’s a master faker. Besides some subterfuge on […]

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Swamp Thing 168 (July 1996)

Millar continues killing off Parliaments this issue. Between that subplot, Arcane’s return and Abby preparing for her visit, it’s a full issue. Most talky is obviously Arcane’s return, since he really does only come back to lecture. Millar also reveals the new Arcane ties into something in his first issue–he’s doing a really good job […]

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Swamp Thing 167 (June 1996)

Lots of returning faces this issue–Millar’s first (and last?) regular appearance of Chester. He and Abby go to a McDonald’s stand-in and discuss the world’s predicament. Millar positions their relative calm against everyone else, who are all expecting the world to end. Most of the issue follows Timothy Raven. Millar’s setting up this arc like […]

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Swamp Thing 166 (May 1996)

Millar brings in Jason Woodrue, who hasn’t been around for quite a while, and Constantine, who Millar hasn’t written in this series before. He also jumps ahead a year in the present action. Alec had built himself a Hearst Castle and cut himself off from the world. Woodrue’s journals fill the reader in on the […]

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Swamp Thing 165 (April 1996)

The wonderful Chester Williams issue. I remember it from reading it years ago–though I forgot Curt Swan pencilled it. It’s a joke issue, with Millar turning Chester into a neo-con cop who’s fed up with all the dirty hippy stuff going on around him. It actually follows the character’s history pretty close–though Chester was always […]

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Swamp Thing 164 (March 1996)

To become the rock elemental and the water elemental, Millar put Alec through a whole bunch of grief. But to become the wind elemental, there’s really not much to it. He has to solve one of the easier riddles I’ve ever read. It’s probably not even a riddle. He just has to find a clue. […]

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Swamp Thing 163 (February 1996)

It’s a nice, full issue. Alec meets the son of one of the Cajuns he killed–not his fault, of course, Parliament of Trees banished his human side–and has a very interesting encounter. He bonds with the kid, but also gets to talk to some of his victims. Millar has almost made the victims a Greek […]

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Swamp Thing 162 (January 1996)

It’s a particularly awesome issue, even if the Abby thing doesn’t work out. The evil druid from another dimension has Alec trapped while he’s burning down a building with a bunch of hostages in it. Millar doesn’t go easy on characterizing the hostages. He makes sure the reader knows how scared and desperate they are […]

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Swamp Thing 161 (December 1995)

See, I say TefĂ© doesn’t get mentioned and Millar all of a sudden mentions here. This issue features the first time Millar has written the regular Abby solo (before he was working with Morrison). She drops by the swamp for old times sake–and because she and her human lover have split up. Abby’s always been […]

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Swamp Thing 160 (November 1995)

Millar splits the issue between Alec and some old guy named Jim Rook. I don’t think he’s an existing character, but basically he’s a burnt out rock star who used to be a sword and sorcery hero in an alternate reality. What’s strange is how Millar will go from the comical rock star–the situation’s serious, […]

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Swamp Thing 159 (October 1995)

Jill Thompson does fill-in for Millar’s attack on, let’s see, both the English upperclass and on Scottish parents. It involves an elite dining club; the members have to eat whatever is put on their plate to keep in good standing. Can’t really spoil the big surprise, since Millar does a whole bait and switch for […]

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Swamp Thing 158 (September 1995)

As much as I like Hester and DeMulder, the beauty of the art this issue surprised me. Alec finds himself meeting the Parliament of Waves, who themselves are quite wondrous, but the art is also very expressive as Millar reveals the secret of “River Run.” Even though there are a couple big forced foreshadowing moments, […]

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Swamp Thing 157 (August 1995)

Hester’s back and he and DeMulder do a fantastic job illustrating Anna–she’s the author of “River Run”–and her life as it all falls apart. Millar might be explaining how she found herself in the predicament of being stuck in her own stories, but it’s not clear. He might be fooling. Bad things happen to her, […]

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Swamp Thing 156 (July 1995)

Phil 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, […]

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Swamp Thing 155 (June 1995)

Millar shows off. Admittedly, the constraint of the “River Run” arc–it being a short story collection–let’s him be more writerly than one usually expects from a comic, but this issue is just a fantastic show of talent. The story centers around a Golden Age hero who has grown old, but still does the superhero thing […]

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Swamp Thing 154 (May 1995)

There’s a cute little reference to Ultraman and Owlman on the news at the beginning of the issue. Alec’s travels bring him to Earth-Three (or something like it) but he doesn’t run afoul of the supervillains. Instead, he finds himself with the Arcanes. Only, Anton’s the good one and Abby’s the bad one. There’s a […]

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Swamp Thing 153 (April 1995)

The pacing is a mess this issue. It’s a decent little issue and all, but Millar’s pacing is just a disaster. He introduces a world where the Nazis won, where Hitler’s son runs the world (and is married to Marilyn Monroe) and the President of the United States has no problems more than a wandering […]

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Swamp Thing 152 (March 1995)

It’s a good, but far from profound, issue. Much like Moore and Veitch, Millar has sent Swamp Thing on a multi-issue themed adventure. Not through time or space, but through genre fiction. Here he appears in a supernatural noir world, aiding a private detective on a case involving a devolving man. The detective’s actually the […]

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Swamp Thing 151 (February 1995)

Millar opens the issue with an homage to Time’s Arrow… telling the story of a woman drowning in the swamp in reverse. He rewinds her final day (starting with the autopsy) until she meets up with Alec. An indeterminate period of time has passed since the previous issue. Alec’s back in the swamp, sort of […]

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