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BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #1 (DC
Comics) marks the shocking resurrection of the iconic plant monster. But who is
really returning from the grave? Is it the actual creature or the man behind
the monster, Dr. Alec Holland? An upcoming war is brewing between Swamp Thing
and his closest friend, John Constantine, the supernatural detective. With
mankind caught in the middle of the fight, who will be left standing when the
During the BRIGHTEST DAYS crossover event, the plant/human
hybrid became corrupted by power, and proclaimed himself as Earth’s destructor.
Toward the end of the story arc, Swamp Thing declared war against the people
who would cause harm against “The Green.” Now, the plant elemental has become
an eco-terrorist and has murdered several businessmen, whose corporations have
polluted the environment. Swamp Thing knows there is only one person who can
stop him during his twisted crusade.
Sensing the presence of his longtime friend, John
Constantine arrives at the Royal Botanical Gardens. Unknowingly stepping into a
trap, Constantine finds himself swarmed by growing plants and weeds. While
attempting to escape, Constantine’s hand is suddenly cut, poisoned by the
mind-controlled plant. The entire plant life becomes a colossal monster,
destroying the garden itself and attacking the rest of humanity. As a warning
to all, an oil businessman ends up dead and hanging from a tree.
The Swamp Thing has been split into two different
personalities. Because Alec Holland was his reflection of humanity, the godlike
creature tried to fit alongside mankind. But with the last trace of his
humanity gone, Swamp Thing has been let loose upon the world. Slowly dying from
the poison, Constantine has to reunite both personalities and prevent an
unstoppable war, led by Swamp Thing and his plant army.
Author Jonathan Vankin (pictured) gradually builds the epic
confrontation between Swamp Thing and Alec Holland. Even though Swamp Thing is
just in a handful of pages, this is a great characterization of Constantine,
who is always at odds with others. Constantine uses people, including his love
interests, and then heartlessly abandons them, even when they need him the
most. What Constantine supposedly says and the actual truth have nothing to do
with each other.
Artist Marco Castiello presents a slick look at Constantine,
focusing on his cynical facial expressions. In each page, the colors by Barbara
Ciardo have a different shade of green, foreshadowing the last page
cliffhanger. Though readers are given just a glimpse, the depiction of “The
Green” is surreal and dreamlike. The issue’s highlight is the splash page of
the Botanical Gardens being obliterated.
BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #1 kicks
things off right in the first of the three-issue miniseries. With Constantine
dying, there is no else who can stop Swamp Thing’s rampage. Things are just
heating up in the first issue, so don’t miss out on all the action!
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