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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Swamp Thing #23.1-Arcane

September 19th, 2013 by Jake Tanner Comments

Written by Charles Soule

Artist: Jesus Saiz

Colorist: Matthew Wilson

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Published by DC Comics

The world of the Swamp Thing is a world of balance. Beings of the green (plants), the red (living creatures), and the rot (the dead) are supposed to live in harmony with one another. Such is the way of the world. When Scott Snyder started his run with Swamp Thing #1 he introduced the baddest, meanest villain of Swamp Thing’s mythos into the New 52: Anton Arcane. Needless to say, at the end of Snyder’s run, Arcane is defeated and sent to ‘hell’ by the Parliament of the Rot. Apparently hell for him isn’t fire and brimstone. No, hell for an Avatar of the Rot is paradise for the rest of us, a pristine place where nothing dies and nothing rots. Enter Abigail Arcane, the current Avatar, in search of answers about her past.

I’ve been really digging Mr. Soule’s work on Swamp Thing and that continues in this Villain’s Month special issue. He took the ball from Snyder and hit the ground running with his own baddie, The Seeder. It’s very interesting to see another writer’s take on such a prominent villain without much space in between runs, but Soule pulls it off without a hitch. Anton Arcane is crazy. This is the story that shows us just how deep the madness runs while giving us a chilling back story about Abigail.

One of the best, most consistent things in the Swamp Thing’s New 52 run has been the art. There’s always some seriously twisted stuff going on and skilled artists are a MUST to make the art as twisted as the story. This is once again done to perfection. Jesus Saiz tells the Arcane story with beautiful, haunting art in this issue.

I started reading this series because of Snyder, but Soule’s work is the reason it’s the first thing I read every month when it comes out! I can’t wait to dive back into the Seeder storyline, but it was awesome to see just how twisted Anton Arcane is and has been for centuries. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to start this series, pick up this issue and see for yourself just how amazing the writing, the art, and the thrills of Swamp Thing are!

5 out of 5 nerds


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I'm 25 years old and I'm hugely passionate about comic books and I also LOVE gaming. The birth of my daughter, Abby, rekindled my passion for comic book stories. I grew up on them and I want nothing more than to share that passion with her! I'm a pretty typical guy, I love sports. (NHL-Blackhawks, NBA-Lakers, MLB-Cubs, and NFL-Daaaa Bears!). I've been writing for a pretty big portion of my life, and I've been nominated for multiple awards for some of the poetry I’ve written! Happy reading and follow me on Twitter @xJatmanx.