Written by Charles Soule
Artist & Cover: Jesus Saiz
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Published by DC Comics
Here we are folks. The battle between Alec Holland, the Swamp Thing, and Jason Woodrue, the Seeder is finally upon us. Charles Soule has been building up this epic storyline in which Seeder is trying to take over the mantle of Avatar of the Green and the only thing standing in his way is Swamp Thing. The annual issue that came out last week saw our competitors training for battle, and this week we see the payoff.
Charles Soule has made this issue one of my most anticipated things of the year and it was well worth the wait. The battle sequence was absolutely amazing and left me wanting #26 to come out ASAP! Soule took a series best known for to be a horror comic and has turned it in to something much bigger. During the fight between ST and Seeder you felt like something vitally important to not only the combatants, but to the world was on the line and I absolutely love that about Soule’s work with this book. With this arc Soule has also found a way to humanize the monster that is Swamp Thing all while making it a point to show the character that he’ll never be human again. It adds a layer of depth that I never thought possible to a series like this.
The art is absolutely breathtaking in this issue. Jesus Saiz really raised the bar and delivered the best art since this series was brought into the New 52. My favorite thing about the art in these books is the display of the powers of the Green, and that’s ALL this issue was! It was epic, gorgeous, and left me just staring at pages in awe of how amazing they looked after I read them. He also did the cover which may be my favorite of the year; I’d love to have this blown up and put on my wall! I love that every artist on the series so far has kept the same style of art, but added their own flavor to it. Saiz’s take on it might be my favorite so far!
READ THIS SERIES! You only have to go back to the issues featuring Constantine to jump on and it will be worth every penny. I love a ton of things that I’m reading, Batman is something very near and dear to my heart, but Swamp Thing is probably my favorite comic being put out, and this issue is my favorite of the run so far. This issue is jam packed with action and the payoff Soule has been building up to and left a HUGE cliffhanger at the end!
5 out of 5 nerds