DC Comics really goes the distance with issue #1 of Convergence: Swamp Thing. They did everything right from the vintage-looking title design and coloring to the interior pages of the first chapter of a two-part limited series. The publisher recruited character co-creator Len Wein and partnered him with penciller Kelley Jones, who brought his own vision of the creature to life in the 1990s. The only way this debut could have been any more legitimate is if they got the other half of the creative team (Bernie Wrightson) to draw the book. Maybe I’m asking too much now.
In Convergence: Swamp Thing #1, the dome has cut off all the heroes from their powers. What happens when the Swamp Thing from "Crisis on Infinite Earths" is trapped in Gotham City and cut off from his life source in The Green?
Issue #1 of Convergence: Swamp Thing does a good job of bringing Len Wein’s original gothic sensibilities for the character into the dark modern world of Gotham City and what will quickly become a showdown for the survival of the universe. It tells the origin tale of Alec Holland and his alter ego and then moves into the Alan Moore era and elements smoothly all in the span of 32 pages. That’s a feat only the legendary Len Wein could accomplish with the help of a veteran illustrator like Kelley Jones.
The book is rated T+ for Teen Plus, which I consider to be a step above PG-13 but not quite R-rated territory. Convergence: Swamp Thing #1contains disturbing images and violence. I didn’t really feel there was anything too graphic that would push this into an “over-17” zone.
Convergence: Swamp Thing #1 is a wonderful homage to the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s character and art styles. Much of this has to do with the fact that the man who co-created the creature is penning the new tale. I can’t think of anyone better to take Swamp Thing back to his roots (Yes, I did that on purpose) and beyond. The combination of Wein’s storytelling and Kelley Jones’ artwork marries together elements of three decades of tales spun around the mossy monster. It truly is a convergence of all the eras of the Swamp Thing.
Convergence: Swamp Thing #1 is available now in print and Kindle editions.