Future State: Swamp Thing #1 review – some personal growth green energy

January 6, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Comics
3.5

Summary

Future State: Swamp Thing #1 promotes its title character to a position of greater importance in a world ravaged by humanity’s hubris – and overrun by plants.

3.5

Summary

Future State: Swamp Thing #1 promotes its title character to a position of greater importance in a world ravaged by humanity’s hubris – and overrun by plants.

All of DC’s Future State titles represent change – some, admittedly, more than others – to one extent or another, but Future State: Swamp Thing #1 might be the most significant grow-up (sorry) seen in any of the first batch. Created by Ram V, Mike Perkins, and June Chung, this new imagining finds a world in which humanity’s tenuous balance with the Green has tipped over in favor of the plant-life, with Swamp Thing and his offspring becoming the dominant race, on the hunt for humans who, in their own hubris, have consigned themselves to a mythic reputation, as though they never existed in the first place.

The issue spends a fair amount of time laying this out in the form of a conversation between Swamp Thing and his daughter, Calla, one of several other plant beings who see Swamp Thing as a wise paternal figure, though his obvious memory and affection for humanity persists – and not necessarily in a way that everyone likes. Either way, though, the iconic battles of the DCU’s heroes and villains were enough to consume them all, leaving the Green to rise and subsume what was left, remaking all the world in its image.

Well, almost all the world, anyway. In the frigid north, where the tendrils of the Green can’t properly extend, a lone human is found, terrified by the plant-like monsters he sees before him. In this reimagining, Swamp Thing has been promoted to a position of extreme authority, and given that he recalls and retains feelings for the past, his rise to power is in question, as is his ultimate end game. That’s a very good angle for a Swamp Thing story, with a contorted, botanical world as the backdrop, and the theme of balance, and the endless to-and-fro between man and nature, forming the thematic undercurrent. Future State: Swamp Thing #1 is a slow-paced start is nonetheless an enticing one.

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