Swamp Thing #1

Swamp Thing #1

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Yanick Paquette Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 3
8.4Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

One of the world's most iconic characters has returned to the heart of the DC Universe, and every step he takes will shake the foundations of the Earth!Alec Holland has his life backbut the Green has plans for it. A monstrous evil is rising in the desert, and it'll take a monster of another kind to defend life as we know it!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 7, 2011

    The series is accessible to new readers. Through Holland's inner monologue, conversation and a tiny flashback, you get the full story of Alec Holland and Swamp Thing. Those that have never read an issue of Swamp Thing will have no problem jumping right in. Snyder has expressed his love for the character numerous times and has big plans for Swamp Thing. There's no telling what he has up his sleeve. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 13, 2011

    Theres so much going on with this first issue that anyone who reads it wont know how to take it initially. My recommendation is to simply enjoy issue #1 and let everything unfold as it may. Theres more coming and Im stoked about what Snyder has planned. Oh, and no matter what Alan Moore may say about this reboot of his iconic and horrifying character, this is a great start to a one of DCs most terrifying comic book characters. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - johnlees Sep 13, 2011

    This comic is a masterpiece of technical craft, both in art and writing (and lets not forget the rich coloring of Nathan Fairbairn: this is a comic where green packs as much dramatic punch as in Green Lantern), and is the most exciting first issue of any comic Ive read in quite some time. It has human drama, it has horror, and it has mysteries and unanswered questions, including a big one that acts as the first issues cliffhanger. But it doesnt feel decompressed. I got plenty of satisfying content in Swamp Thing #1. But all the same, the wait for Swamp Thing #2 is going to be agonising. One things for sure, though: I wont be forgetting what comic I should be looking forward to most this time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    IGN - Erik Norris Sep 7, 2011

    So, Swamp Thing #1 is a book full of win. Just buy it, you won't regret it one bit. Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette have delivered a fantastically written, beautifully drawn opening chapter to usher in Swamp Thing's return to the brave, new DCU. Who's pumped to see where this goes from here? This guy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 7, 2011

    Now if we could just do something to hurry up the days in between so I can read the second installment of this brave new Swamp Thing world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 7, 2011

    The art from Yanick Paquette is cool except for his glaring inability to draw Superman’s face. First off, this is the reboot and I hate the new Superman costume. The whole armor guise makes the Man of Steel look like he mugged Tron. I also dislike the new “S”; it’s way too big. None of that is Paquette’s fault and he does a solid job with the new design. The lion’s share of the art is spot on, especially the very awesome Swamp Thing. My only gripe is that Paquette makes Superman look like the guy from Man Vs. Food. It’s disheartening to try and focus on what Superman is saying but also keep waiting for him to take a spicy food challenge. Regardless of that, Swamp Thing #1 is an issue that can stand proudly with the long and brilliant history of one of DC’s most under appreciated characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Sep 9, 2011

    For those of you who doubted the wisdom of bringing Swamp Thing back into the DCU prime, well, this title should make a believer out of you in time, so long as Snyder and Paquette continue to bring this high level of play every month. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Nick Hanover Sep 11, 2011

    The good news is that based on this first issue, they're well on their way to achieving that. Yanick's pencils are freakishly sharp, especially as they're paired with Nathan Fairbairn's screaming colors; whatever you may have thought when you first heard about the art team on this book, the fact is that they're the perfect team to bring Snyder's inventive script to life. That's of the utmost importance here as Snyder calls for his team to work in apocalyptic scenes of worldwide animal deaths, foreboding dreams and grotesque murders, but also of Holland just hanging out with his fellow construction workers... and Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 9, 2011

    This is definitely a dark horse favorite of mine of the relaunch so far since it has such a vested and unique history to it. Similar to Batgirl, it's a character and title that took many chances over the years and defined itself because of it so going back and doing anything that may change it makes people hesitant. But if this first issue is the barometer to go by, we're in for one hell of a treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Andrenn Sep 9, 2011

    Swamp Thing #1 is a great start for one of the most important characters to the Dark of the DCU. Long time Swamp Thing fans should not miss out on this as the introduction to Alec Holland is not just feeding you the information you already knew. New fans who are interested in getting in to a great character need to pick this up for an introduction that will get you excited to see what happens next for Alec. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Dan Horn Sep 9, 2011

    Yanick Paquette's art and Nathan Fairbairn's colors are by turns gorgeous and disturbing compliments to the storytelling in Swamp Thing #1, though Paquette's Superman, who makes a cameo appearance to ask Dr. Holland for Swamp Thing's help, oddly looks like he could do without all the Twinkies and Ho-Ho's. This is a solid beginning, if not in keeping with the posited formula of the New 52, and I think Snyder's got this series in the bag. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Examiner - Jose J. Becerra Jr. Sep 8, 2011

    Overall, I enjoyed Swamp Thing #1. I'm already looking forward to issue #2, and I'll be here to review that issue as well! Swamp Thing#1 has 32 color pages for $2.99 US.On sale now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 8, 2011

    The artwork is different. It has a grittier feel to it. The plants look great; though as I expect from a book about plants. Yanick Paquette is doing both the pencils and inks so he is earning his paycheck. Double duties isn't for everyone. The writing by Scott Snyder is great and I could really feel for this character. There are also cameos by other DC super heroes in the comic " one of which has a brief dialogue with Dr. Holland. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Sep 20, 2011

    This issue is a good start for the Swamp Thing series that will be criticized heavily when compared to the original Swamp Thing, which was a much more enjoyable series. But this series does introduce some new elements and when resorting to more original material and elements the series is known for, incorporates everything together well. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 10, 2011

    This first issue is an entertaining read for the initiated, but new readers might not be so enticed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Mike McLarty Sep 11, 2011

    If there's anyone who's earned a shot at Swamp Thing, it's Scott Snyder. He's proven himself time and again as a gifted storyteller. I hope that Swamp Thing's reintroduction into the regular DC Universe does not hobble Synder's creative palate. This issue did a reasonable job at bringing Alec Holland back to the land of the living and it appears that his adversary is going to be epic. Swamp Thing #1 earns 3.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 13, 2011

    I feel like a new reader would feel very left out, though, with oblique references to previous runs on the title and to last year's Brightest Day storyline abounding. Even I'm a little lost, and I read all of Brightest Day. But there's definitely potential here, especially as this book seems to be a brother title to Jeff Lemire's sublime Animal Man. Yanick Paquette is doing some very nice work here. This is a different look for Superman (and Batman and Aquaman in their cameos), but the big, bold look works for them. His depiction of Swamp Thing himself is just fantastic. I liked this book, but I'm not in love with it. I'll need an arc to make up my mind. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Sep 9, 2011

    Snyder manages to establish Alec Holland in the first issue and definitely brings together a scary threat at the end of the issue but he keeps the lid on the Swamp Thing. I'm still not quite sure what kind of character we are dealing with here and that will go a long way in determining whether or not I stick with the series. I think if this comic didn't shy away from explaining some of the nuisances in the back-story I would have come away with a more satisfying read. Overall, this is a decent start but this isn't going to be a book for everyone. Read Full Review

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