Veitch has two big problems with this “Search for the new Swamp Thing” arc. They’re connected too, so it’s a domino effect. As Constantine observes at the end of the issue, all these prospective Swamp Things are complete asshats. They’re bad guys. This one’s a lousy husband and father and corporate scumbag. It doesn’t make any sense these guys would be in line to be Swamp Thing 2.
So Constantine has to keep Alec in the dark, because these guys have to pass his sniff test. The first is a logic problem–Veitch is just doing it to make the issues read better, but not the overall series–the second is tied to the first.
Still, this issue works. Veitch writes Alec and Abby well as a couple. Their hanging out time is the best thing here.
And his storytelling visualization is creative.
But he needs to get this arc done.
Gargles in the Rat Race Choir; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.