There’s something fishy about John Constantine, always had been. He’s one of those comic book characters that I can never make up my mind about. And in this issue he’s motives are finally revealed…in order to bring the world back to normal, and to calm the beast known as Swamp Thing, he must kill Alec Holland!
So question remains…who’s the bad guy if this DCnU preamble?
My Heretical Opinion
Swamp Thing and John Constantine have been allowed by the DCU higher arcs to leave the realm of Vertigo and entire into the more popularly known DC Universe. The two fellow newcomers have always been at odds, but Swamp Thing has always maintained a consistent, noble trend. But Constantine has never been that graceful. This issue is no exception as Constantine decides to kill Alec Holland in order to bring balance back to the world.
Of course, always trust Superman and Batman to intervene when things take a turn for the worst. As always, Constantine’s interaction with the two power houses of the DCU is witty and just frustrates the Bat and the Alien…always a funny site to see. However, one thing that seemed quite out of place for me was the sudden change of heart Constantine developed right at the issue’s end,
“Alec Mate, I came here to make a choice for you. I think you know what that was meant to be. But now, I’m keen to hear what YOU choose.”
I never took Constantine for a flake, so this seemed quite out of character for him. But that doesn’t mean Vankin didn’t deliver a quality issue, leaving so much more mystery to be discovered and created excitement (for me at least) in what lies ahead for the upcoming Swamp Thing series!
In addition to being a good read, Search for Swamp Thing #3 presents an incredible amount of artistic talents by Castiello. Much like its previous two issues, #3 is dark and gothic amongst the swampy realm, giving the horror aspect of the yet to be debuted Swamp Thing series a nice warm-up before hitting stands next month.
Castiello also gives each character perfectly sculpted figures and expressive faces. But I must say, Castiello presents an absolutely gorgeous Madame Xandadu, giving her a mature and respectable demeanor while making her a nice bit of eye candy as well…
So #3 gives us a lot to look forward too, and it’s unclear as to what will happen to Swamp Thing next month. Swamp Thing is still disconnected from mankind. We all know the swampy creature won’t bond with Constantine due to his connection the Justice League Dark, so who could the unsuspecting victim be? Excitement boils within my veins!
9 out of 10