Swamp Thing 98 (August 1990)

16068Thanks to guest penciller Tom Sutton–and a real understanding of the Arcane character–Wheeler brings his TefΓ© in Hell storyline to a successful close.

Oh, and Pog. Can’t forgot Pog. Even though Sutton doesn’t draw him as well as Broderick (yes, I’m surprised too), the character really makes this finish work.

Not even Sutton can make the denizens of Hell look frightening or creative. They look like action figure proposals still, but his Hell is fantastic. Some great panel composition too. And I love how he draws Alec as a monster. It’s a static Swamp Thing, but a distinct one.

Wheeler’s layered betrayals and revelations about Arcane’s plotting, his bosses’ plotting and Hell’s mechanics work out here. He’s moving towards a conclusion, not treading water with exposition.

The issue’s not without its problems–some of the guest stars are utterly superfluous–but it’s good. Maybe Wheeler’s best so far.

CREDITS

Family Reunion; writer, Doug Wheeler; penciller, Tom Sutton; inker, Alfredo Alcala; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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