Swamp Thing 86 (May 1989)

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Veitch and artist Tom Yeates do a lovely job on this issue. Veitch constructs a rather complex narrative, where Swamp Thing’s import isn’t even explained until over halfway through the issue, and then in a layered exposition. He transitions from one kind of story to another and by the time Alec makes a visual appearance… not only has Veitch leapt ahead to the modern day, he’s able to make it devastatingly effective.

Great plotting. Just great.

The issue’s also rather amusing; most of it involves a British spy, circa 1800, who’s out to spoil the Americans’ new country. He’s got various disguises–and the disguises become such a device, Yeates never fully visualizes the character. The only time there’s a clear shot of him is when he’s impersonating one of the other characters. Apparently, Veitch and Yeates just came up with it for fun.

The time travel arc’s working out.

CREDITS

Heroes of the Revolution; writer, Rick Veitch; artist, Tom Yeates; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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