Swamp Thing 75 (August 1988)

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Veitch goes on a nutty little tour of the DC Universe–then the universe–with this issue. The art’s fantastic. I love how Veitch, ably assisted by Alcala, manages to be psychedelic while his artwork is still concerned with being grounded in reality. It looks amazing and deserves a bigger size. He beautifully utilizes effect and arrangement.

Alec’s observations on the world–and his problems–guide the trip, though I assume Veitch knew what he wanted to touch on. Still, it feels like an organic thought process.

It’s a long sequence, with a couple charming Abby and Alec bookends. Veitch’s Swamp Thing, at least when they’re in the swamp, feels a little like a sitcom (in a good way).

Unfortunately, knowing where Veitch takes the series next makes it hard to judge how well he foreshadows. While it’s a bridging issue, Veitch tells the story so well, it supports itself.

CREDITS

The Thinker; writer and penciller, Rick Veitch; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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