Swamp Thing 117 (March 1992)

16087It’s a strange issue and should be a better one. Alec, Abby, Chester and their friends go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Alec acting like a regular guy plays really well and the issue seems fun. Jan Duursema’s pencils are straightforward, handling the realistic, fantastical nature of the parades and costumes.

Then Alec goes off on his own little side story and all of a sudden it’s page after page of art. No story content, just panels of his journey through Mardi Gras. It’s pointless and lengthy, especially after Collins finishes the subplot.

Poor Abby doesn’t get a subplot except to look for Alec, which seems unfair. The group getting back together at the end is nice, but it doesn’t make up for the wasted time.

Collins introduces a great concept–Alec being able to pretend he’s a guy in a costume–but fails to do anything with it.

CREDITS

The Lord of Misrule; writer, Nancy A. Collins; penciller, Jan Duursema; inker, Kim DeMulder; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, DC Comics.

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