Swamp Thing 74 (July 1988)

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Veitch’s Swamp Thing run should be called “the convenience of communication problems. Alec discovers, but without context, something Constantine saw in his investigations many issues ago and it’s going to have a big impact. Shame Constantine didn’t just tell him. And, wait, Constantine told Abby something but she didn’t realize the full implication.

Why didn’t she? Because Veitch wouldn’t have as many issues filled if he actually had his characters communicate.

The issue’s got some really great moments, however, all bitching aside. There’s a couple pages on Mars, there’s a lot with Alec and the Parliament, there’s a bunch for Abby to do. While the pacing’s not great, Veitch does find the right mix of attention to pay his characters.

The art’s off a little. The figures are stocky. It almost looks like a different inker, but, no, it’s still Alcala.

The ending, which resolves a running B plot, misfires.

CREDITS

Center of the Cyclone; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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