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Revisiting the (Recent) Classics: SWAMP THING

I just purchased and binged the new SWAMP THING series, the one that originally aired on DC’s streaming service, the one that got screwed over when the suits in offices decided to cancel it despite good ratings and stellar reviews. Something to do with discontinuing the DC service and switching over to HBO Max or something like that. A stupid move no matter how you slice it. Typical of the people in suits in offices. They specialize in stupid.

I have written previously about just how much the SWAMP THING comic, written by Alan Moore with art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, meant to me as a kid, how much it affected me, nurturing my imagination and creativity and providing an outlet for the maladjusted, unpopular, dysfunctional tyke that I was. I loved Wes Craven’s SWAMP THING movie, but it wasn’t the Moore/Bissette/Totleben comic. It couldn’t be, since it came out before those guys began working on the comic. This news series, though, is as close to the comic as we’re ever gonna get. The inspiration is evident. With crazy-good acting and awesome practical FX, the show is as good as they come. And typically the suits didn’t realize what they had.

SWAMP THING will be airing on the CW this fall. I don’t know how well it will do in the ratings, considering the series is already available on DVD, but there’s some small hope that, if it does well, the CW might order a second season. Oh, if only!

TheCheezman • June 25, 2020

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