When it comes to comic books, I’m a Marvel guy through-and-through. That being said, I’ve heard a lot of praise for DC’s horror line including Constantine, Animal Man and Swamp Thing, of which I recently happened upon in a trade paperback in a discount bin. So, I picked it up and gave it try. Here’s what I thought of it:
The MURDER OF CROWS trade (Saga of the Swamp Thing volume 4), written by Alan Moore, teams up Swamp Thing with the magician Constantine as they attempt to prevent an ancient secret society of male witches called the Brujeria from unleashing pure evil upon the world. The dark history of the Brujeria make them fanatical villains who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. There are side treks along the way, including people being hideously transformed after consuming some strange pods that fell off Swamp Thing’s body, encounters with a mass murderer obsessed with the eyes of his victims, and a great one about a haunted house that borrows heavily from the legend of the Winchester Mystery House but still contains some very creepy hauntings inside.
In the main storyline, Constantine and Swamp Thing work to assemble a team of DC’s occult heroes to combat the coming evil, including The Specter, Dr. Fate, Phantom Stranger, Zantana, Zatara, Etrigan, Sargon, Deadman, Baron Winter, as well as Cane and Able from the old House of Mystery and House of Secrets comics. Some of them don’t survive the conflict.
The artwork is done by various artists throughout, all of which did a great job rendering this evocative tale of terror.
Reviewed by Matt Cowan
I was happy to noticed Marvel’s Man Thing hidden in a panel as well.