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"The Swamp Thing #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by DC Comics

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Written by Ram V
Illustrated by Mike Perkins
Colored by Mike Spicer
Lettered by Aditya Bidikar
2021, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on May 4th, 2021

Review:

Levi Kamei is slowly coming to terms with the fact that he can transform into a big plant monster when he goes to sleep. When an examination pulls him and Jennifer into the Green, he confronts this new reality head on, but will that be enough to prepare him for what's coming?

As Levi settles in as the new avatar of the Green, others see this as an opportunity to take some power for themselves. We're dealing with some ancient forces here and people will go to great lengths to get their hands on them. Writer Ram V pays tribute to the Swamp Thing stories that have come before while building something entirely new here. Creating legacy characters isn't an easy task, especially when there is no connection to the original (that we can see so far). It's not like Levi is Alec Holland's kid or something, right? Yet, we're just as invested in Levi's story as we were with Alec's before.

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V also pulls in characters like Poison Ivy, although I'm not entirely sure it's the real Pamela Isley here. She's always had a connection to the Green and it's explored in some interesting ways here. The most intriguing and unsettling player in this issue is definitely Woodrue. This is mostly due to how artist Mike Perkins drew him. The character is essentially missing pieces of himself. He hollow, with holes in his body allowing you to see through and around him. It's a really creepy idea that is executed perfectly.

Perkins makes it clear that the Green is a mysterious yet deadly realm. It's capable of great things, yet also incredibly frightening. It's not something you want to get lost in, yet that's the situation Levi finds himself in. Colorist Mike Spicer brings this world to life with beautiful shades of green and yellow. This is the life blood for all plant life on the planet and that shines through, although there's a danger lurking just beneath the surface. It's not a bountiful Eden. There's something dark in here too.

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Letterer Aditya Bidikar turns in some fantastic work in The Swamp Thing #3. Each character has a wholly unique voice, adding layers to them in how they speak. I love how Levi, as the Swamp Thing, talks in a stilted manner, like breathing isn't natural to him in this form. His speech comes through in starts and stops. Bidikar also distorts some words from Ivy, giving the appearance of a hallucination or a dream. The dialogue flows like waves.

This series is redefining Swamp Thing for a new generation. It's big, bold, and exciting, with the undercurrent of horror running throughout every page. It shows how you can have beauty and terror all in one frightening package.

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Overall: 5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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