In this newest issue, writer, Scott Snyder gives us more insight into Swamp Thing’s enemy, Anton Arcane. We also get some major developments to the battle between Green and Rot. If you have been reading Swamp Thing, then you do not want to miss this issue! If you haven’t been reading Swamp Thing, then… That’s just sad.
When Swamp Thing issue 9 made that big reveal on the last page, announcing that “ANTON ARCANE IS BACK!!!!”, it was lost on me. This is my first Swamp Thing series, (surprising for an environmentalist vegetarian comic fan, I know.) So bringing back an old villain didn’t really impress me. I had to do some googling to find out why I should be excited, and even then I wasn’t really into him. But with this issue, seeing how evil and twisted he really is and what he can do, it’s just awesome! This issue sold me on Arcane as the leader of the Rot. And to see the Rot’s god tearing up the “guardian of the green” was truly something that made me actually wonder whether Swamp Thing can handle him.
This is a rare thing indeed. Not only does this book do a lot of setting up for future direction, It gives us some killer action to boot! Swamp and Arcane don’t hold anything back in a face off that has rotten flesh and grass clippings flying everywhere! This book is so well-drawn that even the nasty stuff looks great! and the fight with Arcane proves it!
Bottom Line: Another win for this fantastic series! If you don’t see yourself as a Swamp Thing fan, you should really give it a try. I did on a whim, and have been hooked ever since!
Starting Point: If you’d like to start reading Swamp Thing, but you don’t want to have to buy the past 10 issue just to enjoy this one, here is what you absolutely need to know!
The web of life on our world is held together by three threads. These forces of life and death are in constant struggle for supremacy, even though they all need each other. These threads, or forces, are called the Green, the Red and the Rot. Each of these forces has a powerful leader or counsel, and a chosen warrior. The Green, which is the web of all the plant life on the planet, is protected by the Swamp Thing. The Red, which is the web that connects all living creatures with blood in their veins like us, is guarded by the Animal Man. Then there is the Rot. It is the web of death and decay, which all living things inevitably become apart of. It has decided to rule our world. Now Swamp Thing must stop it and it’s leader, a dead man named Anton Arcane from doing that. Oh and by the way, the Rot wants Swamp Thing’s girlfriend to be it’s queen. She is Anton’s daughter.