|Cover by Yanick Paqiette, Nathan Fairbairn|
Swamp Thing #5 (January 4, 2012)
Writer: Scott Snyder
Penciller: Yanick Paquette
Colorist: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Travis Lanham
This has been the first uninteresting and shallow issue in an otherwise standout series. Swamp Thing #4 hinted at a very macabre and intense confrontation between the Green and the Rot and I was really looking forward to it. When I finished this issue, however, I had only one thing to say: “That’s it?”
Don’t get me wrong; this issue featured a pivotal moment for Alec Holland, one that will most likely introduce the traditional Swamp Thing character that I’m sure will make fans very happy. Other than that, however, I was disappointed in the pacing of this issue and the overall handling of what could have been a really exciting conflict.
William, the sinister younger brother of Abigail who is being manipulated by the Rot, surprises Abigail and Alec in a deserted town. He also brings along a gruesome army of re-animated slaughtered animals and once again, the dichotomy between good/bad, life/death, Green/Rot is the central focus of this confrontation. Unfortunately, Snyder kept returning to this theme so much that it felt rather heavy-handed. It was as if he had forgotten that he had made this the main theme in the last three issues, as well. I wanted to see a fight scene between the Green and the Rot, not see characters wax poetically on their differences.
Furthermore, the fight scene was resolved all too quickly and succinctly. The pacing was definitely rushed and the issue suffered for it. With so much buildup, I was very disappointed to see such a rush job of a terribly intriguing and suspenseful storyline. I’m hoping that Snyder has more tricks up his sleeve in the next issue because I don’t want to settle for this storyline ending.
Paquette’s art was fabulous as always, along with Fairbairn’s coloring. I simply wish that they had had a storyline to match