Swamp Thing 126 (December 1992)

16096Dick Foreman coming in to do a guest writing spot gives Swamp Thing the break it needs. Even Eaton does a little better, since he’s not drawing people as much as grandiose cosmic events. Though he does take the chance to mess up Linda Holland.

Alec stalks a cartoonist he used to read–or Alec Holland used to read–and gets him stoned in hopes of inspiring him. That Swamp Thing would take the time to do such a thing is out of character for what Collins is doing, but who cares. A book needs something different occasionally and Foreman provides it.

The only time he loses track is when he has Alec explain the cartoonist’s place in the universe. It’s a real “show, don’t tell” moment; Foreman botches it. Can’t rightly blame Eaton.

Still, the rest is good–and the finish is great. It’s a rather successful fill-in.

CREDITS

The Big Picture; writer, Dick Foreman; penciller, Scot Eaton; inker, Kim DeMulder; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Stuart Moore; publisher, DC Comics.

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