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This review is from: Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones (The New 52) (Paperback)
I am a hard-core DC fan who was furious at the announcement of the New 52. I mean, Green Lantern had just redefined everything across the board. Quite a few of my favourite characters were changed in one detail or another. I'm still trying to read everything and figure out if I like all the changes.
But Swamp Thing did NOT let me down!
Still real (really really) creepy and a little hard to wrap your head around at times, the essence of being a peripheral character gave the story a perfect audience vehicle. Anyone who isn't a regular reader can pick this up and from word go, they get to see the state of things. And for the fans, we get to see our favourite warrior of the Green take centre stage as the one hero (reluctant as ever) who can save the whole of the world.
Swamp Thing has always been a hard character to write because he is so very different from the bulk of mainstream comic characters. But Scott Snyder has made the character even more accessible than Alan Moore, who redefined and recharged the presentation of this staple character back in the 80's. The final panel in the story shows the fans that though it is the Swamp Thing we know and love, there are going to be a lot of changes that make sense and that we should enjoy.
Any fan of comics, not just DC, should pick this TPB up. It is an amazing intro to the most unique super hero ever.
And now I feel the need to go and watch Swamp Thing's movie.
Read the book. I'd bet we're both in line for the release of the next chapter.