Wheeler answers a reasonable question–why such a long break in Earth Elementals before Alec Holland (the previous Swamp Thing was thirty years prior)–with a silly, contrived answer.
The Parliament of Trees did try… only the evil fungus god got them. Or something along those lines.
It’s a dumb, obvious plot point. Wheeler’s retconned a lot about the Parliament since taking over the series and I can’t remember any of these developments being much good. He does it to make an excuse for his present day plot developments, which is not a good reason for a narrative detail.
Otherwise, the issue isn’t bad. Abby and Constantine’s midwife friend are on the run through hurricane-torn swamps while Alec and Tefé are on the run through the Green. There are a lot of scary fungus zombies after them.
Hoffman’s zombie designs are downright disturbing; the issue succeeds as a thriller.
Exodus; writer, Doug Wheeler; penciller, Mike Hoffman; inkers, Doug Hazlewood and Mickey Ritter; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, DC Comics.