Review by: The Mike

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Avg Rating: 4.1
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Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Marco Rudy
Cover by Yanick Paquette

Size: 32 pages
Price: 2.99

Maybe it’s because Snyder was so focused on perfecting the last issue in his Court of the Owls arc on Batman, or maybe it’s because this is more of a transition issue into the Animal Man crossover…but Swamp Thing 11 just felt “filler-ish” to me.

Of course, if you’re going to do filler, there are worse ways than having two badass monsters pummel each other. Still though, it felt out of place here. I’ve been loving Snyder’s Swamp Thing run because he has stayed true to the essence of the character up until now. He’s essentially a non-superhero. He doesn’t WANT to take on his new identity, he occasionally sides against humans completely, and he’ll often attempt to reason with supervillains before he starts throwing punches. When he does go on the offensive, it’s normally a splash page of killer plants annihilating everything in sight, and then it’s over.

What I’m getting at is, this back and forth fist fight complete with one-liners just feels like it’s in the wrong book. Ironically, if this was an issue of Justice League I’d probably love it, but I expect different things from different comics. When it comes to the writing in this one, I expect a lot more than usual.

The art on the other hand is great. Marco Rudy is again filling in for Yanick Paquette, and I always think he does a great job; even if I prefer Yanick’s slightly more. I was a little worried at first, because I love the mural-like 360 degree layouts this series is known for, and for the first few pages everything seemed a bit square. It gets up to its usual quality quickly though.

Overall, this comic seems like it’s currently shuffling its feet until the imminent crossover, but it’s worth getting just for the art and the promising setup for next issue.

Story: 2 - Average
Art: 4 - Very Good

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