‘The Swamp Thing’ #6 is another beautiful and bountiful issue that offers up rich language and narrative and equally rich artwork too from Ram V, Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer. An exotic, existential read only spoiled by the arrival of the crass violence of Suicide Squad.
The Suicide Squad go looking for Levi Kamei in the Kaziranga Forest, India and of course get more than they bargained for. After all, they’re hunting him down on behalf of the shadowy environmentally unsound Prescot Industries – whom Levi previously worked for – on his home turf and surrounded by foliage. As Nightmare Nurse points out, they’re not fighting the Swamp Thing, they’re taking on the whole damn forest!
Ram V’s prosaic narrative once more enraptures the reader with its notes of existentialism as Levi – half formed – is subsumed by memories of his past in which we learn that while he wants to do good, he was once part of the problem and not the solution. Like many other rapacious corporations, Prescot don’t really care too much about environmental costs, just their bottom line.
As ever Mike Perkins – returning from a one issue hiatus – creates a lavish canvas that vividly depicts the minutiae of this tropical forest with splashed of animal life and dense, rich foliage, beautifully accentuated by Mike Spicer. The colours he deploys over Perkin’s artwork is at times suitably ethereal and oft-times bright, vivid and screaming of danger when he utilises reds, oranges and yellows to emphasis the danger of certain scenes. These brighter, fiery colours eventually give way to more organic and soothing greens as Levi begins to come to life and pose a threat for Task Force X.
It’s another beautiful, sensual issue that’s spellbinding to read and a joy to take in. The Swamp Thing #6 lets the tension build before the promise of a more action oriented conclusion to this bizarre of cross-overs. And while there are moments of requisite action funny books rely on, Ram V, Mike Perkins and Mike Spicer offer up a comic book experience very different to your usual mainstream DC Comics experience, showing there can be new and interesting ways in which to tell stories. And all wonderfully lettered by Aditya Bidikar, who does a great job of taking Ram’s often dense scripts and never making it seem crowded on the page. The art is never swamped (pardon the pun) by the dialogue. A skill I often fail to mention in my many, many reviews, so more than happy to comment on here and now.
The Swamp Thing #6 is out now from DC Comics