Animal Man 2 - I read this after Swamp Thing, so the connection between the Red and the Green seemed super obvious to me. I'm not sure that'll stand out so much to people who aren't reading them (essentially) back to back, but it's great to see writers taking advantage of this newly blank slate. Insofar as the story, it was a bummer to see Buddy up and leave his family on such a whimsical note, but I do think his daughter's manifesting powers would scare the crap out of her mom. The dialogue between Animal Man and his wife rang pretty true, too; it's a fact that she didn't sign up for this kind of life. It's a hell of an adjustment to make. I only hope this isn't foreshadowing of a divorce-style conflict coming up - it makes for a way better story to see the two sticking it out together, even if it is hard. The book is building on a pretty slow pace, especially compared to Swamp Thing, but that's all right with me. I want to learn more about this tree and, of course, about the daughter's powers.
Invincible 83 - You know, just Kirkman doing what Kirkman does best: using superhero stories to actually tell super-detailed character stories where we care so much about so many different people. The main focus (and the twist ending) here go to
Swamp Thing 2 - This book is where things really got going. There's a menace on the loose and his name is The Seethe. He's coming for Dr. Holland, as Swamp Thing (the elder?) explains to him, so Alec had better accept those powers tout suite. The whole issue is essentially dialogue/exposition, explaining what's happening with the Swamp Thing entity, how Dr. Holland is wrapped up and what's going to happen if he doesn't accept his role in the drama. We've got a nice jiving of the past (Brightest Day & The Search for Swamp Thing) with some nods to old continuity and we've got forward momentum in the current story; what more can you ask for? The beginning of the book is consumed with the origin of Swamp Thing the elder and meanders its way to Alec in a pleasing way. The enemy is moving quick toward Alec and we have a great action sequence to end the issue. Fantastic.
Book of the week goes to Swamp Thing. When I first started writing this, I thought it was going to be Animal Man, but I guess my need for a bit more action took over. However, let me be honest and say that if you picked up all three of these books this week, whether you're an old vet or a newbie just dipping toes in, you'd be neither disappointed nor confused. This is a refreshing thing to be able to say.