Swamp Thing got his groove back. The first two-story arcs elevated this series as one of my favourites at the time and this issue reminded me a lot of what I loved about the series then. Swamp Thing #18 marks the end of the road for Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette. Throughout their run on the title they have provided us with some great stories that have secured Swamp Thing a spot of relevance in the DC lineup at least for the foreseeable future.
This issue has only one flaw that I believe needs to be addressed: the very existence of this issue uproots the relevance and future enjoyment of the Rotworld story, but that can’t considered a huge issue because Rotworld was definitely the low point of this series. Thankfully we don’t spend much time dwelling on the events of that story and instead are thrown into a new one. Snyder manages to fill his finale with all of the things that we liked so much about Swamp Thing when it debuted. There is brutal violence, great emotional elements, and pure villainy from Anton Arcane.
Snyder manages to tug our heartstrings with some very emotional scenes between Alec Holland and Abby Arcane that by the end of the comic should cleanse your palette and leave you ready for a new beginning for Swamp Thing. Snyder put his own twist on these two well-known and long-standing characters and ultimately you can be sure that he’s proud of the send off he has given them. It sure was a joy to read. Where the next creative team will go should be interesting but Snyder has done a great job of cleaning up his toys and allowing them to take Swampy in any number of directions.
Yanick Paquette is allergic to wasted space. Part of the joy of reading this series has been to see how Paquette breaks up his panels. Of course the ridiculous quality of his art is another thing to consider as well. Oh, and he’s a nice guy (and Canadian!) so there is no reason not to be excited about the way this comic looks. There is no other artist quite like Paquette and this title won’t be the same without him, he has done an amazing job of revamping Swamp Thing and bringing him into the world of modern comics. The antlers better stay. I highly encourage all readers to pick up the next book that bears Paquette’s name. Colourist Nathan Fairbairn provides Swamp Thing with a vibrant colour palette that works a lovely contrast with Paquette’s heavy inks.
Their run had its ups and downs, but Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette leave things on a high note with Swamp Thing #18 and that is something that we should all appreciate. Both men deliver their best work on the series in months and remind us all of how great this series can be. It is now up to the new creative team to ensure that Swamp Thing stays alive and well.