Swamp Thing 58 (March 1987)


Moore does eventually make this issue more of the traditional team-up. He also gives Swamp Thing some significant more page time, as he tries to figure out what’s up with the Rann’s ecosystem.

It’s actually a somewhat tense scene, as it’s unclear if Swamp Thing can help.

The issue opens with a lot of political talk between Adam Strange and one of the Hawk-people. The Hawk-people are not very nice, it turns out, and there’s a great fight sequence for Strange with them. It’s still, for the most part, an Adam Strange comic.

And, forgive the phrase, a strange one.

Moore keeps it untranslated for the most part, so the reader has to guess from the expressions and emotions. He puts a lot of trust in Veitch’s abilities.

But team-up is strange too. Swamp Thing quickly exits, even though he’s more powerful.

It’s another fine issue.


Swamp Thing 57 (February 1987)


While Moore is taking Swamp Thing on a trip through the post-Crisis DC Universe, he’s also reduced Swampy back to a supporting role. This issue is all about Adam Strange and the troubles on Rann. Swamp Thing’s just stopping over.

And though it might be nice to see the titular character be the protagonist of his own book, Moore does a great job with Strange. It’s a fine example–as many of these Swamp Thing issues are–of the importance of excellent writing. Moore, in the first two pages, makes Adam Strange his own. Once on Rann, he continues it, using a lot of thought balloons for Strange, not a series standard.

It’s Moore adapting to best suit the character.

The result is an excellent comic book (even if Swamp Thing only gets a quarter of it).

Veitch and Alcala adjust from monsters to alien civilizations without a hitch.

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