Swamp Thing (4th Series)

 SWT4   (Vertigo, 2004–2006)

™ and © DC Comics, Inc.

What’s going on here? That question, above any others, should be answered in the first issue of a new series, especially a relaunch of a famous DC character that has already had several series. Andy Diggle does a fine job recapping Swamp Thing’s origin and the subsequent Alan Moore retconning, but little to no effort is made to explain recent events in the history of Alec Holland. Readers who haven’t kept up since the Moore days are going to be left confused at the presence of Swamp Thing’s daughter, Tefé Holland. Where did she come from?

Still, the first issue is worth buying based on the art alone. Enrique Breccia immediately recalls John Buscema and Milton Caniff and would be right at home in one of those sprawling Sunday adventure comic strips of yesteryear. He’s a good fit for Swamp Thing. The colors are flat, but excessive coloring would ruin the total package, so Martin Breccia has the right idea.

Why is Swamp Thing a Vertigo title? Other than a few profanities, this title could fit in the mainstream DC universe, which is where Swamp Thing belongs. A comic book about a swamp creature does not need to be for mature readers.

If a little more effort is taken to explain just what is going on in Swamp Thing’s world, to give the current events more context, then this title could succeed.

— Steve Horton

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#1

  5/1/2004
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 Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#2

  6/1/2004
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 Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#3

  7/1/2004
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 Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#4

  8/1/2004
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 Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#5

  9/1/2004
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Includes preview of Books of Magick: Life During WartimeAndy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#6

  10/1/2004
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 Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

#7

  11/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferRichard Corben

#8

  12/1/2004
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 Will PfeiferRichard Corben

#9

  1/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#10

  2/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#11

  3/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#12

  4/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#13

  5/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartTimothy Green II

#14

  6/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartTimothy Green II

#15

  7/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#16

  8/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#17

  9/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#18

  10/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#19

  11/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartRonald Wimberly

#20

  12/1/2005
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 Joshua DysartRichard Corben

#21

  1/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#22

  2/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#23

  3/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#24

  4/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#25

  5/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartDean Ormston

#26

  6/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartJock

#27

  7/1/2006
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 Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#28

  8/1/2006
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Cover by Eric PowellJoshua DysartEnrique Breccia

#29

  9/1/2006
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Eric Powell painted cover; Tee-Tonti killed (accident) by Woodrue; Final IssueJoshua DysartEnrique Breccia

Book #1

  2/1/2004
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Collects Swamp Thing (4th Series) #1–6Andy DiggleEnrique Breccia

Book #2

  11/1/2005
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Collects Swamp Thing (4th Series) #9–12Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia

Book #3

 
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Collects Swamp Thing (4th Series) #15–20; ca. 2006Joshua DysartEnrique Breccia