Swamp Thing #4

Swamp Thing #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Marco Rudy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 7, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 3
8.2Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

All across the world, those with a primal connection to the forces of life and death can feel that something is very wrong. The war between The Green andThe Other has begun, and the knights of decay walk the Earth unchecked but without Alec Holland, the Green has no champion strong enough to fight back!

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

    Scott Snyder has been given the keys to a dark and disturbing world and he's using all his power to make it even darker. Swamp Thing has become a character of high regard over the years and Snyder is the perfect person to be handling the telling of his story. It's amazing how an issue without a lot of major action can still deliver so much intensity. There is suspense. There is violence. You also get more on the background of the Parliament and the Green. We have a major inner conflict going on with Alec Holland and there's no telling how this arc will end. Along with Snyder's story, we treated with art by Marco Rudy that perfectly captures the vibe of the story. Every time I finish reading an issue of SWAMP THING, I have to let out a deep breath. This is more than just a comic book. It's a great story accompanied by some great visuals. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Dec 7, 2011

    With a story and an antagonist that plant this book firmly in the horror genre, it's truly great to read a worthy take on Swamp Thing. He's a character that's very easy to get wrong, but, in the right hands, can be a perfect vehicle for this type of genre storytelling. Scott Snyder and his art team are onto something big with this book, and it deserves recognition that I don't think it's getting. Swamp Thing stands out as a prime example of everything that the rest of DC's new line should've been: cutting edge, thematic, and gorgeous. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Dec 7, 2011

    Finally, Swamp Thing #4 features swampy dinosaurs. That's right, the cover doesn't lie. Immediately stop reading this and rush out to your local shop to pick up the book (or remain lazy and get it digitally). Swamp Thing #4 is another stellar installment in this series that is yet to disappoint (and we really don't want it to... ever). Taking on Swamp Thing is a mighty intimidating assignment, yet Scott Snyder and company have proven themselves up to the task, and they've exceeded our wildest expectations thus far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 9, 2011

    The art from Marco Rudy is a massive part of what makes Swamp Thing #4 work. The opening scene is incredibly gruesome but also really creepy. Rudy has an interesting style in that his lines are strong but the panels are still tuned with a fine art sketch vibe, very detailed. The visuals are always right in tune with the story, neither really ever overshadows the other. Swamp Thing #4 continues Snyder’s quest to add his own verse to the Swamp Thing mythos. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Dec 10, 2011

    We're still baby-stepping our way to this first arc's climax, but with our heroes about to confront their necrotic-empowered foe in a slaughterhouse, events will spiral out of control very quickly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Dec 7, 2011

    "Swamp Thing" is continuing to turn out a strong narrative, one that moves at its own pace but never feels too fast or slow. There was a lot of initial disappointment when the word came down that Swamp Thing was moving out of Vertigo and back into the DC Universe, but so long as the title remains this story, I don't think there should be any more complaining. This is some of the best "Swamp Thing" we've seen in years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Dec 12, 2011

    A huge part of that has to go to Scott Snyder, who has made me interested in the bizarre world of the Green and how it relates to the Red and the Rot. A lot of it has to go to DC, who has admittedly jumpstarted my interest by making Swamp Thing a part of the DC Universe again, which automatically gives the events of this book grander consequences than before. And a little even has to go to Jeff Lemire and Animal Man, because readers of the two books know that we're seeing different perspectives on a single tale. Either book could be read independently of the other, but reading them both is helping me feel like I'm looking at a larger tapestry. It's entertaining, engaging, scary, and a hell of a lot of fun. So thanks, everyone, for finally making me a Swamp Thing fan. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Dec 9, 2011

    This book uses a lot of the rich history of the Swamp Thing going all the way back to Len Wein. However, I wonder if it's too much. Is Snyder trying too hard to include too much too soon? Snyder has a good story going but I am just not understanding the Alec and Abby connection yet. And as a result I am finding Alec to be an unlikeable or boring character. Once again, I debate whether I should continue with this book. Hopefully everything will lock into place for me sooner rather than later. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    iFanboy - Paul Montgomery Dec 7, 2011

    So, we're saying, patience, grasshopper. Talk to your plants. Sing to them. And that bulb's gonna sprout and unfurl and blossom like you won't even believe. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Nicole D'Andria Dec 26, 2011

    This issue is not horrendous, but for hardcore Swamp Thing fans of an older generation this comic can cause you to rant for almost 800 words. The storyline is not terrible, other than the blood-curdling slow pace. The newer characters are good, if sometimes misused, and the violent scenes are well-done. Snyder knows how to create a good horror story. The artwork has potential, but the artist needs to stop trying to "wow" his audience with every panel: his work quickly becomes repetitious and blends together to the point of making readers go cross-eyed. Even newer readers will soon, if not already, be asking, "When are we getting to the bulk of the story?" and "Why can I no longer see straight?" Read Full Review

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