Category Archive: Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing 171 (October 1996)

Millar hits a home run with the final issue. He ties up all sorts of things, the little things he’s done throughout his run, the bigger things no one ever could have done… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 170 (September 1996)

Poor Chester and Liz, they only get a page together. But Millar does give Chester just about the only joke in the entire issue. It’s Alec–turned into a human Alec Holland again–versus the… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 169 (August 1996)

It’s the big Constantine issue. Oddly, Millar hasn’t really given his own new characters much to do. Instead he relies on the classics to wrap up the comic. It’s appropriate and all, but… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 168 (July 1996)

Millar continues killing off Parliaments this issue. Between that subplot, Arcane’s return and Abby preparing for her visit, it’s a full issue. Most talky is obviously Arcane’s return, since he really does only… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 167 (June 1996)

Lots of returning faces this issue–Millar’s first (and last?) regular appearance of Chester. He and Abby go to a McDonald’s stand-in and discuss the world’s predicament. Millar positions their relative calm against everyone… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 166 (May 1996)

Millar brings in Jason Woodrue, who hasn’t been around for quite a while, and Constantine, who Millar hasn’t written in this series before. He also jumps ahead a year in the present action.… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 165 (April 1996)

The wonderful Chester Williams issue. I remember it from reading it years ago–though I forgot Curt Swan pencilled it. It’s a joke issue, with Millar turning Chester into a neo-con cop who’s fed… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 164 (March 1996)

To become the rock elemental and the water elemental, Millar put Alec through a whole bunch of grief. But to become the wind elemental, there’s really not much to it. He has to… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 163 (February 1996)

It’s a nice, full issue. Alec meets the son of one of the Cajuns he killed–not his fault, of course, Parliament of Trees banished his human side–and has a very interesting encounter. He… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 162 (January 1996)

It’s a particularly awesome issue, even if the Abby thing doesn’t work out. The evil druid from another dimension has Alec trapped while he’s burning down a building with a bunch of hostages… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 161 (December 1995)

See, I say TefĂ© doesn’t get mentioned and Millar all of a sudden mentions here. This issue features the first time Millar has written the regular Abby solo (before he was working with… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 160 (November 1995)

Millar splits the issue between Alec and some old guy named Jim Rook. I don’t think he’s an existing character, but basically he’s a burnt out rock star who used to be a… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 159 (October 1995)

Jill Thompson does fill-in for Millar’s attack on, let’s see, both the English upperclass and on Scottish parents. It involves an elite dining club; the members have to eat whatever is put on… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 158 (September 1995)

As much as I like Hester and DeMulder, the beauty of the art this issue surprised me. Alec finds himself meeting the Parliament of Waves, who themselves are quite wondrous, but the art… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 157 (August 1995)

Hester’s back and he and DeMulder do a fantastic job illustrating Anna–she’s the author of “River Run”–and her life as it all falls apart. Millar might be explaining how she found herself in… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 156 (July 1995)

Phil Jimenez pencilling Swamp Thing. I sort of get it–he’s realistic and the story this issue is set in the real world. It’s a real world retelling of the first Swamp Thing comic… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 155 (June 1995)

Millar shows off. Admittedly, the constraint of the “River Run” arc–it being a short story collection–let’s him be more writerly than one usually expects from a comic, but this issue is just a… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 154 (May 1995)

There’s a cute little reference to Ultraman and Owlman on the news at the beginning of the issue. Alec’s travels bring him to Earth-Three (or something like it) but he doesn’t run afoul… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 153 (April 1995)

The pacing is a mess this issue. It’s a decent little issue and all, but Millar’s pacing is just a disaster. He introduces a world where the Nazis won, where Hitler’s son runs… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 152 (March 1995)

It’s a good, but far from profound, issue. Much like Moore and Veitch, Millar has sent Swamp Thing on a multi-issue themed adventure. Not through time or space, but through genre fiction. Here… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 151 (February 1995)

Millar opens the issue with an homage to Time’s Arrow… telling the story of a woman drowning in the swamp in reverse. He rewinds her final day (starting with the autopsy) until she… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 150 (January 1995)

And here Millar writes his best issue so far. It’s probably the best Swamp Thing since some time during Veitch’s run–and not just because Millar gives Alec a moment where he can appreciate… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 149 (December 1994)

Did Sargon die in a Swamp Thing issue? I can’t remember. I think maybe he did. If so, Millar’s reaching way back to bring forward new plot elements–though it’s not essential for Sargon’s… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 148 (November 1994)

Hester and DeMulder draw Lady Jane for a scene. It’s interesting to see her show up–Millar uses the scene to establish she has some idea what’s going on with Swamp Thing–it’s also nice… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 147 (October 1994)

Millar doesn’t keep up with the unpleasantness. This issue is far less intense than the previous, even though Alec’s on the run in Amsterdam with Nelson (the big game hunter) after him. It’s… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 146 (September 1994)

Millar goes for as disturbing as possible. There’s no humor in it, no smiles, it’s just Alec trapped in a decaying human form in Amsterdam, surrounded by perversions, desperate to escape. Meanwhile, there’s… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 145 (August 1994)

And now Millar’s changed his approach. Alec’s not really the protagonist anymore; for his half of the comic–Colonel Strong, the monster hunter, gets the other–Alec’s just the biggest name in a disaster movie.… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 144 (July 1994)

Now solo on the book, Millar’s approach is to make Alex the lead. He’s cut off from the Green and, for whatever reason, Millar’s not bringing back the supporting cast from before Collins… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 143 (June 1994)

The Parliament of Stones? What’s the Parliament of Stones? Morrison and Millar end the issue on a couple ominous notes, the aforementioned new Parliament being one of them. They also have the handful… Continue reading

Swamp Thing 142 (May 1994)

Well, Morrison and Millar sort of explain how Alec Holland ended up separated from the Swamp Thing but not really. At least not to anyone who has been reading the comic for a… Continue reading