Swamp Thing 66 (November 1987)

Veitch sure does write a lot. This issue is packed–and not just because Veitch has excerpts from a superhero psychology book as narration. Abby goes for an awesome trip when Alec discovers how to free her soul. There’s a process to the procedure and Veitch carefully goes through it. Under Veitch’s pen, Swamp Thing is still lyrical, but it’s a logical lyricism.

While Abby’s off on a tour of the afterlife–with the soul of the real Alec Holland–Constantine is getting Jason Woodrue messed up on a tuber so he can get information. It requires Constantine to break into Arkham. The narrating superhero psychology book author works at Arkham, knows Constantine; their reunion is fun and maybe Veitch’s best writing in the issue. Except his Batman postscript.

Veitch does seem to forget Abby went to Hell, but maybe she didn’t remember the trip? I mean, I can’t either.


One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.


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