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Swamp Thing returns in a new series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green! Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new v Swamp Thing returns in a new series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green! Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new villain in order to comprehend what he is truly, and horrifyingly, becoming. A new era of global action and horror blossoms here, and Swamp Thing will be at the root of it! Collects Future State: Swamp Thing #1-2 and Swamp Thing #1-4


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Swamp Thing returns in a new series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green! Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new v Swamp Thing returns in a new series that stars Levi Kamei as the next Guardian of the Green! Unable to control his transformation into the monstrous Swamp Thing, Levi is thrust into the harsh, unforgiving mystery of grisly murders committed by a supernatural desert legend. Levi must revisit past events in his homeland of India and face the deadly reality of a ravenous new villain in order to comprehend what he is truly, and horrifyingly, becoming. A new era of global action and horror blossoms here, and Swamp Thing will be at the root of it! Collects Future State: Swamp Thing #1-2 and Swamp Thing #1-4

30 review for The Swamp Thing, Volume 1: Becoming

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Changing the main character for a superhero mantle is always a tough sell, and Swamp Thing's the latest in the line. With Alec Holland shuffled off after the events of Justice League Dark, the Green selects newcomer Levi Kamei to take his place. But Levi's role as protector of the Green isn't entirely evident - he might not even be the Swamp Thing at all. But something's happening. Something's changing inside him, and it's terrifying. These first four issues introduce us to Levi and his world, br Changing the main character for a superhero mantle is always a tough sell, and Swamp Thing's the latest in the line. With Alec Holland shuffled off after the events of Justice League Dark, the Green selects newcomer Levi Kamei to take his place. But Levi's role as protector of the Green isn't entirely evident - he might not even be the Swamp Thing at all. But something's happening. Something's changing inside him, and it's terrifying. These first four issues introduce us to Levi and his world, bringing him into contact with the Green and the supernatural side of the DCU while also setting up some foes and familial drama along the way. There's a lot of ground covered, and it's done with the same grungy, bordering on melodramatic but exactly the kind of melodramatic that I like monologuing. Levi's plight is different enough to hook us, but familiar enough not to distance longtime readers. Also collected, for some bizarre reason, are the two Future State issues of Swamp Thing. These are a totally different, if just as compelling story. I'm not sure why this is here at all, and it bugs me that DC shoved them in so they could get two trades out of this series instead of one 10 issue one. On art for both stories is Mike Perkins, who is a master of moody, shadowy art. His work here reminds me of his run on Carnage over at Marvel, all darkness and inky blacks. The brighter sequences in India are beautifully coloured as well. Loses a point for being nonsensically collected, but gains it right back because it's just so damn good regardless.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    A solid start though it didn't blow me away. I think Ram V is a great up and coming writer, and I love Swamp Thing, but this didn't blow me away. Giving us a new host is smart. Some fresh blood to give new perspective to Swamp Thing lore is always welcome. We even have some old faces show up, both good and bad, which help decide the fate of this new user. On top of that we have some excellent art, with both beautiful looking scenes and horrifying, a nice mix. But this is just the start and altho A solid start though it didn't blow me away. I think Ram V is a great up and coming writer, and I love Swamp Thing, but this didn't blow me away. Giving us a new host is smart. Some fresh blood to give new perspective to Swamp Thing lore is always welcome. We even have some old faces show up, both good and bad, which help decide the fate of this new user. On top of that we have some excellent art, with both beautiful looking scenes and horrifying, a nice mix. But this is just the start and although issue 4 gives us a hint of what is to come, I am settling this at a 3 out of 5 for now.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    So there’s a new Swamp Thing and a new evil corporation trying to take him down, but it’s all a part of the DC universe proper in this post-Vertigo world. None of it makes a lick of sense, as this feels just like the tip of the story. Then again, when has a Swamp Thing story ever been straightforward?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Revell

    This contains two entirely unconnected stories, albeit by the same pairing of writer and artist, and it's mainly for this reason that I can't rate it more highly. The main story shows the new Swamp Thing learning what he is turning into and facing a few supernatural threats along the way. It's a good introduction to the concept of Swamp Thing, with some great scenes set in the Green and reflections on what Levi is going through as he tries to make sense of what is happening. The art is also good, This contains two entirely unconnected stories, albeit by the same pairing of writer and artist, and it's mainly for this reason that I can't rate it more highly. The main story shows the new Swamp Thing learning what he is turning into and facing a few supernatural threats along the way. It's a good introduction to the concept of Swamp Thing, with some great scenes set in the Green and reflections on what Levi is going through as he tries to make sense of what is happening. The art is also good, suitable for this sort of grimy supernatural setting. But it suffers from being too short - just four issues that don't take us very far into the story. It doesn't help that the beginning of the story is in some other collection, although we do get enough flashbacks to piece together the outline of what happened. The reason it's short is, presumably, in order to fit the other, two-issue story in. And why is that even here? Yes, it has Swamp Thing in it, although probably not the same one, but, while it's well written, it feels needlessly tagged on to push up the page count. Not does it add anything to the main story, being set in the Future State setting so that it distracts rather than complements. One really good story that's rudely truncated, and one perfectly decent one that belongs somewhere else... one can't blame Ram V, but I don't know what DC's editors were thinking. And that gets it a big mark-down from me, I'm afraid.

  5. 4 out of 5

    David Palazzolo

    Moody, atmospheric with science tinged horror, Ram V and Mike Perkins may have given us the best iteration of the Swamp Thing since Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totelben re-energized him nearly 40 years ago. The first part of the collection gave us a glimpse at the ultimate end of the story then the next part sends us firmly on our way. V does an excellent job in explaining the Green and Swamp Thing’s role within it, reintroducing old characters and also manages to reinstall the pre-New52 Moody, atmospheric with science tinged horror, Ram V and Mike Perkins may have given us the best iteration of the Swamp Thing since Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totelben re-energized him nearly 40 years ago. The first part of the collection gave us a glimpse at the ultimate end of the story then the next part sends us firmly on our way. V does an excellent job in explaining the Green and Swamp Thing’s role within it, reintroducing old characters and also manages to reinstall the pre-New52 continuity back into canon. Perkins’ art is full of shadow and menace and while occasionally traces of Bissette and Totelben can be discerned, it stands on its own, creating a world as distinct as theirs. The last page will set up Swampy’s first full run in with the mainstream DCU and it promises to be a doozy (hint: he ain’t meeting Batman this time…). Can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    V. introduces a new Swamp Thing, and it has the potential to be the new spark that the title needed. Besides the fact that Alec Holland's story got horrifically mangled by both the finale of the v2 run and the New 52 disaster, and never entirely recovered, his story was largely told. So here we get a new central character, a new cast, and new discovery of the Green. And then there's also a Future's End story that goes full post-apocalyptic and full "The End" in a way that most of the issues of th V. introduces a new Swamp Thing, and it has the potential to be the new spark that the title needed. Besides the fact that Alec Holland's story got horrifically mangled by both the finale of the v2 run and the New 52 disaster, and never entirely recovered, his story was largely told. So here we get a new central character, a new cast, and new discovery of the Green. And then there's also a Future's End story that goes full post-apocalyptic and full "The End" in a way that most of the issues of the crossover didn't. Beyond that, we get a nice focus on horror which has been too often missing from Swamp Thing. Unfortunately, V.'s writing is also very muddy. It's abstract and philosophical and dwells on things like how to construct a plant body, and so it's not very compelling. I have hopes for this series, especially as it delves into better-known spaces, but it needs much sharper writing to excel.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clint

    I loved Perkins’ realistic, starkly shadowed art and all the botanical body horror in this. Ram V writes an intriguing start for a new Swamp Thing that seems to use the character’s history well while still being comprehensible to someone like me who’s only read more recent Swamp Thing comics. I was also glad to see the two (great) Future State issues included here. They’re probably the best issues I’ve read from Future State, with a story that actually fits the apocalyptic tone and “here’s the e I loved Perkins’ realistic, starkly shadowed art and all the botanical body horror in this. Ram V writes an intriguing start for a new Swamp Thing that seems to use the character’s history well while still being comprehensible to someone like me who’s only read more recent Swamp Thing comics. I was also glad to see the two (great) Future State issues included here. They’re probably the best issues I’ve read from Future State, with a story that actually fits the apocalyptic tone and “here’s the epilogue to a story that hasn’t been told yet” framing. I also really loved the interstitial panels recollecting how to construct a humanoid physique from plant life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Arnel Cayabyab

    There was a lot to look forward to. Ram V had a great run on Justice League Dark, so Swamp Thing felt like a great direction. Perkins' art is great and definitely feels like an homage to all the great artists in the past, but still obtaining his own style of horror. Unfortunately, the story is lacking. This first "season" has short story arcs that are easy enough to follow. But I find the main ensemble of characters forgettable. Even Levi feels forgettable if not rushed. Looking into the second There was a lot to look forward to. Ram V had a great run on Justice League Dark, so Swamp Thing felt like a great direction. Perkins' art is great and definitely feels like an homage to all the great artists in the past, but still obtaining his own style of horror. Unfortunately, the story is lacking. This first "season" has short story arcs that are easy enough to follow. But I find the main ensemble of characters forgettable. Even Levi feels forgettable if not rushed. Looking into the second collection to complete the 1st season, it never quite finds it's footing in establishing good characters.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Xroldx

    I've always been interested in Swamp Thing. Since I've read good reviews of the new run by Ram V. I decided to start here and if I'd like it work my way back to earlier classic stories. Well sorry wallet because now I want to read the work by Alan Moore, Snyder and Soul. The first four chapters of this TPB are very solid creating a great mix between horror and character building. The two Future State issues are less great but okay. I've always been interested in Swamp Thing. Since I've read good reviews of the new run by Ram V. I decided to start here and if I'd like it work my way back to earlier classic stories. Well sorry wallet because now I want to read the work by Alan Moore, Snyder and Soul. The first four chapters of this TPB are very solid creating a great mix between horror and character building. The two Future State issues are less great but okay.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Geeky Viking

    Fantastic artwork and a strong story by Ram V combine to make this one a winner. Most everything that came out of the Big Two in 2021 was worthless garbage but this series is one of the few exceptions. Looking forward to seeing where the creative team take this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alek Hill

    This book contains 3 different stories exploring Swamp Things humanity. 1 origin story, 1 lore exploration story, and 1 Future State story. The problem all three of these stories had was that they were each only 2 issues long. They are very short unexplored stories.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I had already read the Future State single issues, so I skipped those in reading and rating this time. I love the main story and the art is excellent and fitting. I hope the next trade comes out soon.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carol Tilley

    A solid outing, although I admit to being a bit confused by the inclusion of the Obsidian Sun storyline w/ the rest, but that's just me. A solid outing, although I admit to being a bit confused by the inclusion of the Obsidian Sun storyline w/ the rest, but that's just me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bruvydsb

    I wish I could give two ratings. Regular series gets a four and future state gets a 2. Looking forward to Vol 2 (w/o the Future State nonsense).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chris Thompson

    This was pretty good. Issues 1-4 were solid, but the book has two more issues that follow, taking place in a post apocalyptic world, that didn’t work so well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nigel Thornton

    An interesting new take on the Swamp Thing. The second half is a slightly confused future history that would have been fine with more context.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Devowasright

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dovydas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Hook

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Still

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tony Murray

  23. 4 out of 5

    David Monroe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chris

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Gold

  27. 4 out of 5

    Hunter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tony

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erik

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark

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