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Freeze Frame 2/10/2018

From Vs. #1 by Esad Ribic & Nic Klein

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Review of Swamp Thing #1

318337._SX640_QL80_TTD_By Len Wein, Kelley Jones & Michelle Madsen

In 1971, Swamp Thing debuted in House of Secrets #92. Over the course of the following 45 years, the character would undergo a series of permutations. What started as a horror comic book would be refashioned by Alan Moore into one of the most iconic runs of the 80s. Moore’s darker, more psychological edge would stick with the character throughout the subsequent Vertigo years as various writers would take their turn with Swampy. Then in the early 10s, DC began shifting Swamp Thing closer to its mainline characters with the Brightest Day sequel, The Search. This process was made complete by arrival of the New 52. Writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule might have kept some of the accumulated atmosphere and mythos, but the overall effect was that the character was closer to a superhero than ever before (this was especially true of the Soule run). Now, DC has course corrected once again, reconnecting Swamp Thing with his former horror roots. It is a welcome change, which, based on the initial outing, is generally successful.
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