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Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 29, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 27
8.5Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

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The Earth is all but done. The last remnants of humanity cling to a mountaintop island lost in endless floodwater. The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. And to do so, they’ve united their powers to summon an avatar-one of the most horrific monsters to ever stalk the surface of this forsaken planet. Against a creature like that, there can be no fighting back…unless you have a soldier who understands the enemy. Someone who has used its tactics before. Someone like Alec Holland. Of course, it would help if Alec Holland hadn’t been dead for more

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Dec 28, 2021

    'Swamp Thing: Green Hell' explores another story of how the forces of nature respond to the end of the world, but does so in unexpected ways. This is a harrowing story of greed, corruption, and even love at the end of all things. Longtime fans of Swamp Thing owe it to themselves to give this a read. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    GWW - Emmet Davis Dec 28, 2021

    Tired of Batman books ruling DC Black Label? Then put Swamp Thing: Green Hell on your pull list. Its scary, sad and outrageously beautiful to look at. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Dec 28, 2021

    Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 imagines a world on the brink of destruction when the powers decide it's time to start over. Lemire's writing is grim and hard-hitting in all the best ways, and the art team has created a world that feels like it's at the end of its rope. However, when the monsters come out to do their worst, familiar faces make this story feel entirely fresh and friendly at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 28, 2021

    The last line of the book sets up a conflict for the character we've never quite seen before, and Lemire's kicked off what could be a defining story for the Swamp Thing mythology. No surprise that whatever he touches in the DCU turns to gold. Another big win for Black Label. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Dec 30, 2021

    ‘Swamp Thing: Green Hell' #1 portrays a Hellish future in which all our predictions of environmental collapse have occurred and only a few hardy outcrops of humanity still survive. A world which the Green, the Red and the Rot feel must no be reset. A reset the requires these humans to be purged by a new and gruesome Champion of the Green. This is most definitely not a Swamp Thing any reader will recognise in both identity and actions. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 28, 2021

    THE DISPATCHJeff Lemire blends the perfect mix of horror and suspense as he kicks off SWAMP THING: GREEN HELL #1. For fans interested in trying out SWAMP THING for the first time, be forewarned. This story appears to be set in a post-apocalyptic future with some rather dire consequences for whats left of the human race. Moreover, Lemire takes a wildly intriguing look at different aspects surrounding the three Parliaments that certainly piqued this reviewer's interest. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 29, 2021

    Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 has a lot of potential in a series. It has an interesting premise and where it ends is somewhat predictable but sets up a fascinating conflict. We don't see enough stories about the environment finally saying enough is enough and taking on the humanity that has ravaged it. We can see that reality and result in the disease that has plagued the world for two years now. Maybe comics will finally take on that weighty subject and this is a tease for greater questions to come. Either way, this is a debut that delivers a nice dose of horror from some unexpected places. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Patrick Cavanaugh Dec 29, 2021

    The book is grim and gruesome, all while highlighting the highs and lows of what it really means to be a monster. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Dec 28, 2021

    DC Comics' SWAMP THING: GREEN HELL is terrifying and depressing. Yet this creative team manages to fill it with a dash of optimism and heart, which makes all the difference. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Dec 28, 2021

    Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 sets up an interesting take on Swamp Thing as a defender of Humanity, this time defending it from the Parliament of Trees itself! There's a bit of nostalgia interwoven with the world-building setup that also has a familiar feel to it. All in all, a strong first issue of this Black Label series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Dec 31, 2021

    Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 is a middle of the road book that does nothing extraordinary good or bad. But that also means that it's hard to justify the higher price tag that this one carries. Maybe wait for a collection or at least another issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    El Raro Jan 10, 2022

    I’m already upset this is only going to be a three issue miniseries. Great dialogue and characterisations typical of Jeff Lemire and absolutely fantastic art by Doug Mahnke really capturing the violence and horror of this new avatar of the green. Next issue can’t come soon enough.

  • 9.5
    Hex Dec 28, 2021

    This is just great. I only read the first few arcs of Snyder's Swamp Thing and only just started Moore's but this is a great take. So far it feels worthy of inclusion into the Swamp Thing mythos and I'm definitely picking this up the day issue 2 comes out. There is also nothing SPECIFICALLY stating anything about climate change being the catalyst for why the people are stuck on the island. People just like to make things up to fit their narrative. Even if there was and I missed the subtext, that's not a bad thing. Our planet is dying. I wish we had a Swamp Thing to knock some sense into us. I guess an argument wouldn't even have to be made to say that's the entire point of Alec Holland and every Swamp Thing's character. Remove the rot, even more

  • 9.0
    Stormwrath Dec 29, 2021

    Finally a Black Label that is not Batman/Harley Quinn/Joker related, and what a great start, they used well the black label status. Lemire and Mahnke are a great duo, sad to hear this series is the last "big two" project Lemire will ever write

  • 9.0
    daspidaboy Dec 28, 2021

    a really solid first issue of this series.

  • 8.5
    Loafy Trophy Dec 30, 2021

    Really strong start for Lemire and Mahnke as they take full advantage of the Black Label tag to bring us a really horrifying take on the Parliament of the Green. The story itself is a timely one, as the Parliament seeks to wipe out the remains of humanity in an effort to preserve the delicate balance between the rot, the red, and the green. The gruesome two-page spreads from Mahnke featuring Lemire's new avatar of the green were a real highlight. All the set up really had me hyped by the time we got to the lighthouse and met up with some old friends.

    The conflicts being setup in this book by Lemire are really intriguing and pair nicely with the horrifying art, proving once again that DC's best stuff is currently on Black Label.

  • 7.5
    Gizmo Jan 17, 2022

    Jeff Lemire brings us a three-part, self-contained Swamp Thing story set in a post apocalyptic future with lots of heads getting crushed in a gory fashion that feels right at home under DC's Black Label. The setting seems to be a product of anthropogenic climate change, as a discussion between the Green, the Red and the Rot suggests. This is quite fitting with the typical scope of the Swamp Thing mythos, which has often taken on an environmentalist focus in its publication history. But don't expect that to deter the same tired reactionary voices from shitting their pants in indignant outrage over this fairly generic take on the post-apocalyptic genre.

    What's actually odd about the Parliaments' motives is that they've waited unti more

  • 7.0
    Hydro-Man Dec 31, 2021

    I’ve enjoyed the majority of the Black Label books and I generally enjoy Lemire. However, I didn’t find anything great about Green Hell. All the praise it’s getting is probably because it is representing climate change. Nothing groundbreaking there — Swampie has always dealt with environmental issues. It’s his thing.

    I’m bummed. I was really hoping for more from this.

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  • 6.0
    Psycamorean Jan 25, 2022

    Would've been rated higher if it was good.

    P.S. Yes I believe in bullets, but I just don't think they can kill me like some crazy moronic leftists would have you believe. And yes, they would kill me, they are THAT petty.

  • 1.0
    Merlyn Dec 28, 2021

    More climate alarmism from Jeff Lemire this time, I hardly feel like this is the same guy who's writing Robin&Batman. The dialogue is just bad, it's like he's not even trying. I honestly expected better from him, even if he isn't one of my favorite writers at all. But this is just stupid, lazy and self-indulgent, nothing to see here.

    P.S.: For those who don't understand what other people are talking about: yes, I believe the climate is changing, no I don't believe we're all going to die as much as some lefties would really want to see that just to be proven right, they are THAT petty.

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