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Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing


Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing

The legendary Swamp Thing has resurfaced for a new age—just as a new force threatens to rot away all life on Earth! Since the dawn of time, the planet’s safety has depended on maintaining a balance of three great powers: THE GREEN, the force that unites all plant life; THE RED, the force that unites all animal life; and THE ROT, the force of death.
Each generation, the Green selects an avatar to serve as its protector—the Swamp Thing. But Doctor Alec Holland, the Green’s newest champion, is no longer interested in the role.
The Rot’s own avatar is growing stronger, and servants of decay gain more territory every day. If Alec doesn’t return to his duties soon, there might not be any Green left to protect.
The superstar team of #1 New York Times best-selling writer Scott Snyder (BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE) and artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, INC.), reworks one of comics’ greatest characters for a new age, with support from wonderful talents Jeff Lemire, Marco Rudy, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Steve Pugh and more. 
Collects SWAMP THING #0-18, ANIMAL MAN #12, 17 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #1, as well as never-before-seen sketches and an introduction by SWAMP THING co-creator Len Wein.

Confession time: I’ve been a fan of Swamp Thing, without even realizing it, since the early 90s. I stumbled across the feature film AND the USA network series in the early 90s. I read Alan Moore’s treatment of the character shortly after it’s publication (and then again on a massive online comic course I took a few years ago).
I recently became a little more into Scott Snyder’s work. As a result, I found out that Snyder recently took up the character, and was beyond surprised to get the opportunity to read it (mostly due to a Comixology sale). Snyder’s take is a nice homage to Wein’s original vision, with nods to Moore’s work as well.
Doctor Alec Holland knows he had taken the mantle of Swamp Thing for the Green, but he doesn’t remember much after or before that. When he finds out the Rot is gaining traction in a few places, he realizes he’s going to have to make a decision about his next steps–does he again take on the Swamp Thing avatar for the Green, or does he allow the Rot (and his love) to take over?

Readers of the series or of anyone related to the character will recognize Arcane, as well as some of the aspects of the series previously. Snyder’s work is well done, and fulfills a need Swamp Thing fans have needed for a long time.

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