OK, I can’t quite blame Knight Terrors for how I feel behind on The Swamp Thing. Then again, this is the series that started as a 10 issue mini-series and then went on for another year from the looks of things.
Issue: The Swamp Thing #8, October 2021
Writer: Ram V
Artist: Mike Perkins
The Plot: Levi finally remembers what happened to him as he finishes his battle with the Suicide Squad.
Commentary: Well, this had a nice twist to it. The three-issue storyarc seemed to be there to do two things; have Levi remember what happened before he became the new Swamp Thing, and have Levi fight the different members of the Suicide Squad one by one. Sort of. Most of the Suicide Squad members seem to be taken out between issues or even panels. He easily triumphed over Heat Wave between issues, basically moved on after encountering the Nightmare Nurse (whoever that is), and in this issue essentially takes down Chemo without really trying. The Parasite, drunk on power from the Green, takes a bit more effort, and Peacemaker, well…he probably should have gone down faster.
However, this incarnation of Swamp Thing has the Green as a form of memory, so Levi’s fuzzy memories about how he changed while visiting his childhood village in India, it does fit in that as he communed with the Green, he might remember what happened to him. The previous two parts seemed to suggest that Levi, working for a large multinational that isn’t looking out for anyone’s best interests, may have done something wrong and that led to his transformation. Those issue showed Levi had a rocky relationship with his recently deceased father and something else involving his brother.
Of course, this issue basically finished off by showing there was a lot more going on than what it appeared to be. Levi didn’t really do what the series was hinting towards. Oh, he’s still somewhat guilty, but another party was responsible for putting Levi in this position in the first place. It was one of those moments where a major villain was hiding in plain sight, and I did appreciate how the series did that.
Also, Levi did Peacemaker something of a favor. The Suicide Squad may not have been much of a real threat to even a novice infused with the Green, but there is something Levi will need to deal with very soon that very well could be. I can really get into something like that.