The first story arc of the acclaimed return of SWAMP THING is collected in BAD SEED, reprinting issues #1-6 of the new ongoing series written by Andy Diggle and illustrated by Enrique Breccia.
BAD SEED finds the Swamp Thing joined to the Earth itself, surpassing even his old power as the champion of the Green, and no longer inhibited by the human conscience of his original template, Alec Holland. Without this constraint, the Swamp Thing threatens to re-balance the natural world at the cost of countless human casualties — including his own daughter Tefé and his love, Abby — unless the man who originally showed him his true nature, John Constantine, can find a way to stop him...
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Being a long time reader of Swamp Thing together with the way it is told, particularly it's wordiness. This was sort of a departure of style in terms of writing for me. It's not bad just that it's not your typical Swamp Thing story line. Expect more action and more fights, something probably not that alien in a title like Green Lantern or something similar. While the story line is not the brooding, introspective style, that does not imply that this is bad. It's okay for what it is, an action packed re-invention of a comic world favorite character.
If was to introduce a casual comic reader who has yet to get accustomed to Swamp Thing, I will always go for this one. It is a great gateway graphic novel to one of DC's oldest character.
Scenes to check out: How the sky turns black and what to do when your daughter talks back to you! Classic
3 out of 5 for me
Andy Diggle, while his run was very short on the series, adequately re-acquainted readers with the big leafy superhero with some of the worst luck ever. It has been years since Alec Holland/Swamp Thing became Earth's elemental, with control over all aspects of nature. Having shed his human soul, he isn't so warm to mankind anymore. Enter his ex-wife, his teenage daughter, and a certain mage in a trenchcoat, and some real trouble is brewing.
Diggle and Breccia make for a good team. Diggle obviously relishes in the past storylines of ST, while Breccia goes hog wild creating slimy, hideous creatures. New readers, however, will be a bit puzzled. I've read every volume of Swamp Thing available and I actually became lost at times. In the gap between Regenesis and Bad Seed, a LOT happened to the Holland family. I read up some online to get a good idea... but between Rick Veitch's run, a series of bad decisions following that, a concluding run on the original Vertigo title...
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