Swamp Thing 89 (November 1989)

16059 1The issue’s beautiful to be sure–Tom Yeates drawing Alec’s adventures in a far flung past, before the continents have even shifted, meeting with the first three trees in the Parliament. At the same time, Abby is preparing to have the baby and Constantine is trying to get back.

But Wheeler’s way too ambitious. His enthusiasm is unchecked–I’m shocked his editor didn’t have him rein it in.

Swamp Thing, traveling so far back in time, becomes the starter of life on the planet Earth. As time travel arcs go, it’s dumb and way too convenient. Worse, Wheeler doesn’t have a handle on Alec’s monologue. He’s the only sentient creature on the planet and he’s boring to hear. So Wheeler just writes a lot of interior monologue, saying nothing.

This particularly trip back also messes up the pacing of the present day story in the comic.

It’s a pretty misfire.

CREDITS

Founding Fathers; writer, Doug Wheeler; penciller, Tom Yeates; inkers, Yeates, Ken Hooper and Mark McMurray; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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