Future State: Swamp Thing #1

Event\Storyline: Future State Writer: Ram V Artist: Mike Perkins Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 6, 2021 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 45
8.7Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

From the ashes of a terrible war, life blooms anew in Swamp Thing’s image. The remnants of humanity lie in hiding, forever in the shadow of the green god who now rules the planet. When the new avatar of the Green uncovers a stray human, a rebellion is revealed! But this Swamp Thing is no stranger to violent ends, and neither are his creations. If it’s war humanity wants, it will be at their doorstep-and Swamp Thing will never be the same!

  • 10
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Jan 6, 2021

    Ram V and Mike Perkins deliver in spades in this moody and memorable debut issue of ‘Future State: Swamp Thing' #1. While Ram V delivers an emotive and elegant script, Perkins provides the dark, detailed artwork that makes this one of the stand-out titles for me in the whole Future State slate of books. Homaging the past, while forging a new future for comicdom's favourite muck monster. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Harvey Moreno Jan 6, 2021

    DC's Future State: Swamp Thing #1 is a diesel engine of a story; slow to warm up but powerful once it gets going! Issue Two cannot arrive soon enough! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 5, 2021

    Whether this book ties into the forthcoming Swamp Thing series or not, it's an intriguing and thoughtful issue that invokes classic greatness, be it Alan Moore or Rod Serling (yes, Serling wrote the orginal script for Planet of the Apes.) It works completely on its own without prior knowledge of the character or concept, and may even work a little better if the character is new to the reader. This already promises to be one of the best books of the Future State event. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 5, 2021

    Although it takes place in a decimated world, the first issue of 'Future State: Swamp Thing' strikes a hopeful tone and is full of the joy of discovery. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jan 17, 2021

    Future State: Swamp Thing is an exciting new spin for this decades-old character. It breathes new life into him with an entirely different status quo and all kinds of dangers awaiting around every turn. It's one thing to be the avatar of the Green and protecting all plant life, but it's quite another when those plants walk and talk. Swamp Thing has a family of sorts here and he has to protect them from the monsters (not to mention mankind) that may be lurking out in the world. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jan 6, 2021

    So by standing apart from the rest of the line, both on a visual and narrative level, Future State: Swamp Thing #1 makes a compelling case for being one of the best of the first wave. Empowered with a singular look, dark expressionism, and reverently cool take on Alec Holland, Future State: Swamp Thing #1 means business, both as a series opener and an example of this team's prowess with the Green. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 5, 2021

    In the opening week of Future State, DC has rolled out some engaging fresh stories featuring iconic characters in new settings. Swamp Thing might not immediately be on your radar, but Ram V and Perkins make a strong case this is one worth following. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 5, 2021

    This creative team works with one of DC's non-A-list characters, but they deliver one of the most inventive and compelling stories of the event so far. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 5, 2021

    Mike Perkins delivers some beautiful art in this issue. The character scenes are brilliantly drawn and detailed. The anatomy panels are gorgeous. There is a vibrancy to the art that even the darker moments exude. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Jan 5, 2021

    FUTURE STATE: SWAMP THING #1 throws readers into what feels like an ancient world. It might be our first time learning about it, but there's a sense of its rich history on every page. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jodi Odgers Jan 11, 2021

    A captivating Swamp Thing tale from a creative team that clearly knows that Swamp Thing's tenderness is at the core of the best stories about the character. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: Swamp Thing #1 is a smart take on one of DC's most beloved characters as well as being a holistic take on the "dark future" genre, and it even adds a touch of mystery at the end. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Watch - Nicholas Osborn Jan 5, 2021

    The curiously grand setup in Future State - Swamp Thing #1 (V, Perkins, Chung, Bidikar) becomes slightly unwieldy as we explore Swamp Thing's place in this new time, delivering an issue that is certainly good, just not great.#DCComics Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jan 6, 2021

    If there was any Future State book that I would recommend most, it would have to be Future State: Swamp Thing. This one is fueled by imagination and undeniably can stand on its own. You don't need to know anything extra about Swamp Thing to just jump right into this story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 7, 2021

    It should be fascinating to see what sort of judgment it delivers on a species bent on their own destruction as well their planet's. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 5, 2021

    Future State: Swamp Thing #1 features brilliant characters but is let down by its confusing beginning. The script is terrific, as is the art. Swamp Thing and his followers are all immensely likable and leave the reader eager to read more. The opportunities for conflict are already ripe. But the first few pages take several attempts to understand fully. More will probably become clear as the series grows, and the comic absolutely has promise. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Weird Science - Joey Casco CSW/CSS Jan 5, 2021

    Despite being slow at points and the storytelling being a little shaky, this was an okay issue that the more I think about the concept of it the more I like it. You get a solid idea of who the members of this new family are (at least the three important ones) and I like them. And I like the existence of them. Swamp Thing is human under all that, and we need that sense of community or we'll go crazy. Without humans, despite his dislike of them, he's still lonely. Speaking of humans, what our boy Venen has to say at the very end makes me interested in seeing where this is going. But overall? The issue is okay. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Antenovial Jan 5, 2021

    This truly has an "at the end of the world vibe" and I enjoyed it immensely. It's not a deconstruction of tropes but rather an insight into them that I appreciate. Very solid start. The art by Mike Perkins fits the uncanny vibe.

  • 9.5
    I Review Comics Jan 30, 2021

    Swamp Thing is one of the few established mainstream characters that I've never seen involved in a bad comic. That doesn't mean that they don't exist I just haven't read them. I'm happy to report that this issue doesn't let me down and is actually my favorite Future State title so far.

    I'm not 100% of the exact timeframe Future State falls into but If appears that Swamp Thing is even further along in the timeline. and exists in a post-apocalypse scenario. The setting reminds me a lot of The Walking Dead. Swamp Thing is still alive and has created a group of Swamp creatures that exists with their own distinct personalities. They travel the world and act as his family and tribe.

    He leads this group in the hope of findi more

  • 10
    axdn Jan 7, 2021

    This is the kind of swamp thing I was missing what and amazing work from the artist and writer!

  • 9.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    This review covers Future State: Swamp Thing #1 and #2.

    Future State: Swamp Thing is perhaps the greatest Future State mini-series to find its way to print. Its biggest strength is its disconnect from the rest of the Future State event and the DC Universe at large. You could easily take this story and publish it as a stand-alone graphic novel, and it might become one of the best-selling Swamp Thing tales in years.

    In the far future, the Earth lies in ruins and only a few humans remain in isolation. Swamp Thing has been searching for this remainder of humanity but has had no success in finding any survivors. To ease his loneliness, he has created a new group of green creatures much like himself who each take a small pie more

  • 9.0
    Miracleman92 Jan 5, 2021

    I really enjoyed this. Between Ram V's JLD annual and this issue, I am very excited to see what he has in store for Swampy.

  • 9.0
    Batman Jones Jan 9, 2021

    This is exactly what I want out of this event. This was just terrific. I loved the whole thing but seeing the character on the final page was a special treat for me. Between the compelling new characters in this issue and in FS: Wonder Woman, I'm really beginning to see the value in Future State.

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Jan 17, 2021

    Really good. The story is very compelling and the artwork fleshes it out in a great manner. Cannot wait for more Swamp Thing stories by Ram V.

  • 8.0
    Nihilist Jan 5, 2021

    It's great when authors take their opportunities to create actual elseworld tales, unrestrained by any canons or established tropes, crafting unique, creatively free tales. That's how I feel about Ram V's Swamp Thing, which is its own thing and doesn't try to be anything else.

    While it may not be the most action packed comic out there, nor one which would drown you in a sea of worldbuilding information, it's something that slowly, but carefully unravels itself to you. It leaves many questions unanswered for now, or in some cases maybe forever. And that's the beauty of it - it's something unique that shouldn't be compared to anything else out there, not at the moment. Go and read it, and see whether or not it's your cup of tea - t more

  • 8.0
    SONOFBATMANN Jan 5, 2021

    Breakout writer of 2020 takes on Swamp Thing!

    Very intriguing and well written story; Mike Perkins' art really complements it. Will definitely be picking up next issue as well as the ongoing.

  • 7.5

    This was pretty good. It's certainly kinda engaging.

  • 7.0
    KittyNone Jan 8, 2021

    There were some nice moments, but the whole felt like less than the sum of its parts and I can't say as I care about the characters or their world. Like all the Future State comics I've read so far, even the best ones, this feels like it doesn't have enough space to really develop any depth.

  • 5.0
    Merlyn Jan 5, 2021

    I just can't get into anything Ram V writes, the guy has a pretentious writing-style with very little substance at the core of it and very few ideas that he repeats throughout everything he writes.

  • 1.0
    Nightcrawler4 Apr 14, 2021

    I have so much hate for this book. I love Swamp Thing and prior to this my only exposure to Ram V was his few books at the end of Justice League Dark which I only thought were “ok.” But man. This book was awful. I am definitely avoiding Ram V from now on.

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