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Swamp Thing #1

Writer: Len Wein Artist: Kelley Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 17
7.8Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

Swamp Thing returns in an all-new series written by his co-creator, legendary writer Len Wein! Swamp Thing has received an ominous warning, and now he finds himself under attack from the forces of dark magic. These are more than just your average monsters-and there's something much worse looming on the horizon for Alec Holland!

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jan 6, 2016

    Fans of the Swamp Thing is all his incarnations cannot afford to pass this comic up, nor can anyone who spent their childhood paging through old Tales of the Crypt comics under the bed sheets with a flashlight. Wein and Jones have delivered a stunning reintroduction to an intelligent monster I can't wait to follow into the mysterious depths of the Louisiana swamps and beyond. Welcome back to the good old days, Swamp Thing. It's time to reminisce. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 7, 2016

    This is a different Swamp Thing - much more along the lines of the original series, with a healthy dose of Moore's horror stylings added. Highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jan 9, 2016

    Horror and heroics are alive and well in this Swamp Thing. It has the feel of an issue from the 1970s, though it's entirely new. A must-own book. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jan 7, 2016

    Well, I'm hooked. This is a fantastic first issue, and so far it's living up to the hype. I could imagine a long term reader may be a little bored by the flash back, but it doesn't take up too much of the comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 6, 2016

    The disturbing and reluctant hero is back as it delivers a great sense of the macabre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - CoTee Jan 6, 2016

    Swamp Thing #1 is a near perfect read and left me with a huge smile on my face. Its good to see Swamp Thing back in his own series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Jan 6, 2016

    Even though my favorite Swamp Thing was the version that enveloped all of Gotham in vegetation, and delivered a serious beat down to Batman, this most recent version is still an amazing reflection of the character. The creative team does an awesome job of staying in touch with the character's roots and provides the audience with an incarnation that is true to his history. This remains a solid start with lots of potential, but returning to his origins may take some getting use to because we've had such a variety of creative teams take on the character in a short span of time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Jan 6, 2016

    While it has the potential to be somewhat divisive given its total departure from the approach of the previous, critically-acclaimed DC runs of Snyder and Soule, as something of a Swampy aficionado I definitely got a kick out of the return to the classic horror origins of the character.  Long-time Swamp Thing fans will be in absolute heaven here, and casual readers looking for a wonderfully old-school horror comic are in for an real treat. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Patrick Self Jan 6, 2016

    This is still a throwback story and can be a little heavy on the narrative in spots, but it does manage to stir some significant interest about the Swamp Thing himself. I'm going to treat Swamp Thing #1 like a successful re-introduction to that one cool and interesting girl you used to flirt with in High School but nothing ever happened; it's been years since you've seen each other and you both look different but there's something that tells you whatever you had isn't dead yet. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jan 6, 2016

    Your enjoyment will probably hinge on if you like classic horror, which tends to be much slower in pacing and somewhat poetic in how the dialogue and thought balloons are written. There's been some revivals of “classic” comics that just haven't worked (*cough* X-Men Forever *cough*), but Wein pulls it off masterfully here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Eric Joseph Jan 6, 2016

    While this debut issue was quite pleasing, it's missing a certain something that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it will read better once the series can be read as a complete work. Regardless of that, that doesn't mean you should wait for the trade paperback. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 6, 2016

    Sometimes, a legendary creator will step back into familiar shoes only to embarrass him or herself (Batman: Odyssey, I'm looking at you.), but that thankfully isn't the case here. Swamp Thing #1 feels like a lost issue from the '70s, lovingly dusted off by DC and placed proudly alongside the books of today. Although Wein's script breaks almost every rule of modern comic book storytelling, and Kelley Jones' artwork neglects the finer details, there's a wonderful spirit to Swamp Thing #1 that permeates every page. A tremendously entertaining read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Matthew Petras Jan 8, 2016

    Its a real shame this is just a mini-series, because this comic is a warm blanket I don't want to take off. Don't expect anything as epic as what Soule offered, but do expect something incredibly easy to enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Jan 6, 2016

    Len Weins new Swamp Thing is a fun bit of storytelling. Its purely entertaining and purely enjoyable. The art department does a wonderful job of switching gears on the franchise and planting some new roots for a new narrative. An exciting start to the six part series! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 11, 2016

    "Swamp Thing" #1 isn't a soul-searching, character-driven story, nor does Wein try to make it one. Instead, he goes for straightforward suspense and horror, with a simple approach that introduces a conflict which fits right in with the character's classic vibe. Jones brings Wein's story to life, making the comic a solid example of basic storytelling that relies on nothing besides its premise to make it worthwhile. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Marco Cunalata Jan 7, 2016

    Kelley Jones is the ideal artist for this series. His heavy shadows and muscular details are perfect for SWAMP THING. On some level, his art resembles that of SWAMP THING co-creator Bernie Wrightson, who was obviously an influence on Jones. The character has never looked more terrifying and grotesque. Colorist Michelle Madsen uses very earthy colors for the characters, and they look great when combined with Jones' haunting art. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 7, 2016

    This book is worth the price of admission solely for Kelley Jones' bold, dramatic, even Gothic depiction of the leafy giant. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Feb 3, 2016

    Swamp Thing's return isn't off to an exciting start, but the book ends on a cliff hanger some people might care about. As for me, I don't think I care enough to really seek out more. If an issue #2 falls into my lap, I'd read it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. If you're a huge fan of the big, green guy, maybe this is for you, but I can't see him making any friends like this. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jan 6, 2016

    If this were a silent issue that contained onlyKelley Jones' and Michelle Madsen's artwork, I might give this comic a perfectscore (no offense meant to letterer Rob Leigh.) But then Swamp Thing speaks andit comes across sounding silly. Len Wein stunts his trademarksyllabically-intense descriptive captions, but the dialogue really ripped meright out of the spooky tone that was being set. The plot was nothing special,yet not anything to complain about either. It was the stuff in the wordballoons that disappointing and dragged down my score. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jan 6, 2016

    Overall, there's definitely a lot to like about this new mini-series, however I'd be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed. While there's definitely a very nice charm and personality to this book, it plays it a little bit too safe after how many new elements the previous run brought to the table. The writing can often be clunky and not a lot happens in this first issue, but for fans of olderSwamp Thingcomics or the bronze age style as a whole, this will definitely be right up your alley. A bit of a mixed bag, but still a lot to like for dedicated fans. If your only experience if with the new 52 series though, this might be one to skip. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Jan 6, 2016

    Longtime fans of Swamp Thing should find enough here to gratify them. For new readers, the setup is satisfactory. However, I wonder if the story is intriguing enough to keep them coming back for more over the coming months. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComiConverse - Sam McCoy Jan 10, 2016

    A throwback to the days when Swamp Thing was rooted more in the gothic horror genre. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 6, 2016

    A new/old take on Swamp Thing's attitude, with a classical monster-comic feel… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Jan 15, 2016

    As a big fan of the previously mentioned incarnations of Swamp Thing, I'm curious as to where this one is going.  It's not nearly as dense as those, instead going in the complete opposite direction, going light on overall content.  Swamp Thing runs around, fights an alligator, talks to some people, and fights a zombie.  He's not doing these things because the ancient force of The Green is asking him to.  He's doing them because it's either fun or it's the right thing to do...or a little of both. Read Full Review

  • 4.3
    Multiversity Comics - James Johnston Jan 7, 2016

    More than anything else, “Swamp Thing” #1 feels like a throwback. After years of being used to “Swamp Thing” getting wrapped up in gigantic mysteries, it's definitely a change of pace to see Big Green just go after a zombie without any tension. But considering that most of Swamp Thing's fans came after Alan Moore and company changed the game, I can't imagine that many fans will give this issue anything more than a passing glance. Read Full Review

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