Oh, Brian K. Vaughan, your cliffhangers are so precious. Especially when you don’t have them payoff.
After turning the softest of all possible cliffhangers into a hard cliffhanger last issue, Vaughan does the opposite here. He turns a hard cliffhanger into a soft one. Big yawn.
To say the least.
As for the resolution to the last cliffhanger? There isn’t one. Instead, Vaughan skirts the resolution in a fantastic dialogue scene. It’s incredibly well-written, insightful into relationships between couples and so on and so forth. It’s just not a payoff for a cliffhanger.
Most of this issue’s scenes are rather well-written, with some great details (a disemboweled ghost amusing a baby), but the issue is incredibly problematic. He makes the protagonists exceedingly boring.
The plotting machinations show through, making it very hard to get invested in the characters. Vaughan forces one to keep his or her guard up.
Writer, Brian K. Vaughan; artist and colorist, Fiona Staples; letterer, Fonografiks; editor, Eric Stephenson; publisher, Image Comics.
This issue, even for an annual, has way too many hands in the art pot. Besides Veitch, who pencils some in addition to writing the script, there’s Shawn McManus, Jim Fern and Stan Woch. Tom Yeates gets the unpleasant task of inking the hodgepodge. He fails at marrying them together.
Just guessing, Woch does the worst work. He gets the finish and some of the interior and Abby and Alec just look wrong. The rest of the comic is a bunch of guest stars–DC ape guest stars. There’s Angel and the Ape, there’s Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, there’s B’wana Beast (or, more accurately, his female ape friend), there’s Congorilla, there’s some other apes.
And, of course, there’s Gorilla Grodd. Now, Veitch is basically doing an eclectic DC crossover here–the Flash’s Crisis death is mentioned–but it just doesn’t belong in Swamp Thing.
It’s not bad, just useless.
Distant Cousins; writer, Rick Veitch; pencillers, Veitch, Shawn McManus, Jim Fern and Stan Woch; inker, Thomas Yeates; colorist, Adrienne Roy; letterer, Agustin Mas; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.