The GeeksverseThe Search For Swamp Thing #1

The Search For Swamp Thing #1
Published on Friday, June 24, 2011 by


Written by: Jonathan Vankin
Penciled by: Marco Castiello
Inked by: Vincenzo Acunzo
Colors: Brab Ciardo
Letters: Sal Cipriano
Cover Art: A- Ardian Syaf w/ Vicente Cifuentes w/ Ulises Arreola; B- J.G. Jones
Editor: Rex Ogle & Eddie Berganza

This is supposed to be the continuation of the story that ended Brightest Day. Swamp Thing is the protector of earth. But at the end of Brightest Day he massacred some oil executives. This issue opens with him sending a message to John Constantine and attacking him. Constantine apparently gets infected with something, but we don’t know what, and we don’t really know he’s infected until much later in the story. We see the mark, but aren’t told what it is.

Which seems to be the problem with this issue. The events are laid out, but not in a way that makes it easy to follow and understand. It almost seems like pieces are missing. Constantine is looking for Batman, to use his computer, but we’re not told why he needs the computer. He’s in Gotham, sees the bat signal and next thing we know he’s knocked out Alfred and teleported into the Batmobile.

Huh?

When did he track down Alfred? The prior page had him seeing the bat signal and that somehow led him to Alfred? It seems like some pages were missing.

Constantine takes Batman into the Green and they get attacked by Swamp Thing and the next thing we know is that Zatanna is waking Constantine up. Wait? How’d Batman get out of the green. When did he get ahold of Zatanna? How long was Constantine out?

Stuff is missing. The pacing is off. It’s off from the beginning and never gets on track. Opens in a bar with a friend of Constantine’s talking with him, a guy named Chas. Then we see Constantine walking the streets and into the Royal Botanic Gardens. There he gets attacked and somehow Chas shows up.

The story is incomplete and reads like it.

And what is the point of it all anyways with the relaunch coming?

The art doesn’t help the story at all. Castiello doesn’t choose the right angles to use for many of the scenes. The carjacker in the cab goes from the backseat to the front seat and at an awkward angle. The basic work is decent. The figures are proportioned but pose somewhat oddly.

The Search For Swamp Thing #1 receives
2 out of 5

Not a strong follow-up to Brightest Day.

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