Until this short series, I had never read a comic book with Swamp Thing. So I thought it would be a good way to get to know the character a little bit. Reason being is that I am not very interested in the Justice League Dark characters (except Zatanna). Although there is nothing astonishing about this series, it has allowed me a chance to get to know Alec Holland aka Swamp Thing. We have seen him respectfully fight an alligator and put down a zombie. Now he faces his biggest challenge yet. Thanks to Zatanna and something called â€œThe Hand of Fatimaâ€, Alec has transferred his powers to his â€œfriendâ€ Matt Cable. We come to find out that he wants the powers to pretty much take over the world and that is where this issue kicks off.
Alec needs to find a way to take back his powers. Unfortunately it would take â€œan act from Godâ€ to make it happen. The Phantom Stranger has very conveniently showed up during various times in this series. This issue is no different. This time he takes him to Nanda Parbat in the Himalayas, where he meets up with Deadman where he retrieves the hand of Fatima even though it has been drained of its powers. Again with the help of The Phantom Stranger, he is teleported to Gotham where he meets up with Jim Corrigan aka The Spectre. Alec has a plan but we are going to have to wait until the next issue to find out what it is.
Being that this is a short series and I have very little experience with Swamp Thing, this story works really well for me. I say that because now with Matt having the powers, Len Wein shows us who Swamp Thing is as a character as well as what he isnâ€™t. This has me interested in looking back and reading some more classic Swamp Thing books now that I have a better understanding of his character. Also I am enjoying the cameos that we got of Deadman, The Phantom Stranger as well as The Spectre. Overall a decent book that has served me as an introduction to the character. Not the biggest fan of the artwork, the way a lot of the faces are drawn bugs me a bit and I feel that the overall colors in the book are pretty dull. I would rate is somewhere in the middle of the pack. Now itâ€™s time to see how well the climax of the book plays out in the last issue. How will Alec get back to being Swamp Thing?