Nerdlocker Reviews – Swamp Thing #1


Jim – I will start this review a little different. I am familiar with the Swamp Thing, but only through the two movies and ongoing television series. But for the first, film directed by Wes Craven, I’m not so sure that’s a good thing. Needless to say, with that character in mind, I approached the relaunched Swamp Thing. Even though this book is supposedly a great jumping on point for all newbies, I found it extremely lacking. I understand Dr. Alec Holland is now hiding from his past life as a botanist while working in construction. No problem so far. He tells a co-worker how to ease his aching knee pain using herbal solutions. Cool, showing off your swamp experience. Superman shows up to convince him to return to his research and possibly his life as Swamp Thing because there is trouble brewing that only he can fix. To sum it up, talk talk talk, boring boring boring. The art was fine, and hopefully the story is leading to something bigger, as they foreshadow. But to be honest, I’m not sure I care that much. On a side note, my wife read it and the book is now on my pull list. For that reason alone, I will go middle of the road and give it 2.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Cubby – Scott Snyder is a deranged man. I mean that in the best way possible. He has the ability to craft an extremely entertaining story, but with some of the most twisted concepts. Millions of birds, bats, fish and cattle just fall dead at the beginning of his story. While that’s kind of demented, it happens, but it’s what happens later that really terrifies and straight-up makes you uncomfortable. If you can get through the last half of the book without wanting to cover your ears and feel your neck to make sure it’s on straight then you have a stronger constitution than me. Yes this book was creepy, but the main point is that it was AWESOME! Alec Holland is back, and he has memories of being Swamp Thing, but he doesn’t want anything to do with it. He’s actually trying to run away from it all. Again, I don’t want to give too much away, but the last page is definitely a head scratcher and I can’t wait ’till it gets explained. And with Yanick Paquette’s dynamic panels and amazing art, this book is going to make its mark on comics. I’m giving this 3.5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

Jazmin – With the exception of Brightest Day, I knew nothing about Swamp Thing before reading this. I’m so glad I did. Generally when a comic is long it can get boring easily but not with Swamp Thing. Every word bubble draws you in more. Dr. Holland’s story is endearing and exciting. I can’t wait to see where the next issue goes. You see him trying to run away from his past as Swamp Thing which makes him run right into his alter ego. I really liked this book. I will definitely keep reading it. 5 out of 5 Nerdskulls.

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I'm a true child of the 80s from a small town near Cleveland, Ohio. My all time favorite topics are Star Wars, slasher films and Cleveland sports (despite the misery it causes). I narrowly avoided law school, instead choosing film school. I have been accused of being a walking IMDB, but I take it as a compliment!


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