REVIEW: ‘Future State: Swamp Thing,’ Issue #2

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Future State Swamp Thing #2

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 is published by DC Comics. Written by Ram V with art by Mike Perkins. Colors by June Chung and letters by Aditya Bidikar. Following the events of issue #1, Swamp Thing marches forward towards S.T.A.R. Fortress in search of humanity and what lies beyond the fortress’s reinforced walls.

While the previous issue focused primarily on Swamp Thing’s travels and the family that follows him, most of issue #2 expands on the reveal of Jason Woodrue and his plan to black out the sun to eradicate The Green. This issue ties together every building block from the previous issue and delivers a wonderful conclusion. Notably, what brought about the destruction of the world as they know it and the anatomical panels describing the creation of life and how every being that follows Swamp Thing is merely a projection of his inner self. The very emotions that make him so human.

I want to mention how Swamp Thing has been written by the greats, and I think Ram V has now successfully topped the pantheon of writers. The pages are all so rich with writing that teeters on the edge of poetry, and the musings on humanity and what it means to have a soul were breathtaking. Mind you; Ram V was able to successfully write a compelling and emotionally rich story in two issues without the pacing feeling rushed or convoluted. The events of issue #2 are powerful, to say the least, and as gripping as the tale was, the resolution was bright and hopeful—truly magnificent storytelling.

Perkins’s artwork coupled with Chung’s colors is the powerhouse engine that drives this vehicle forward. Perkins’s artwork is delicate and soft on certain pages but grotesque and violent during moments of action. Every detail in this story is meticulously fleshed out and breathes life into every line. Every page seems to be its own living and breathing thing. The facial expressions drawn into Swamp Thing depict such remorse and sadness in his actions. It’s fascinating to see how much emotion exists in the pages.

Chung’s colors are a phenomenal accent to the story’s darker undertones, using a rich color palette. With the raging fires and crushing dark moments that contrast the background purples that illuminate panels. The letters by Bidikar are also something to admire. Aside from their specific design for each character, the action letters jump right off the page while also guiding the action from panel to panel. Future State: Swamp Thing #2 is a treasure. If every page were a museum, each panel would be an exhibit.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 is a masterful conclusion to the brief but legendary story of what makes us human and why it is someone like Swamp Thing who could fight for us. In the line up of Future State books, Swamp Thing has secured my vote for best book, and I will be re-reading and recommending this story for a long time.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2  is available now wherever comics are sold.

Future State: Swamp Thing #2
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TL;DR

Future State: Swamp Thing #2 is a masterful conclusion to the brief but legendary story of what makes us human and why it is someone like Swamp Thing who could fight for us. In the line up of Future State books, Swamp Thing has secured my vote for best book, and I will be re-reading and recommending this story for a long time.