Swamp Thing 17 (July-August 1975)

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The Michelinie curse continues.

It turns out Swamp Thing didn’t just crash land on any Caribbean island last issue, but the one where evil mastermind Nathan Ellery has his secret base. Their new mission—make all the leaders of the world brain dead, so Ellery can take over….

But Michelinie doesn’t stop there. Abby and Matt captured too. Abby’s developing psychic powers, this issue hints, which might explain why she confronts Ellery about his fall off the roof ten issues before. She didn’t actually witness that event, but it’s okay… Batman was there and he doesn’t make the flashback panels.

Michelinie tries to make the series more serious, having Swamp Thing murder Ellery in cold blood. Michelinie’s writing ruins the scene.

Redondo’s designs on all Ellery’s robots are pretty good. The dogs are cool looking.

In terms of quality, the series no longer resembles the one Wein and Wrightson created.

CREDITS

The Destiny Machine; writer, David Michelinie; artist, Nestor Redondo; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, Marcos; editors, Paul Levitz and Joe Orlando; publisher, DC Comics.

Swamp Thing 16 (May-June 1976)

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Some of this issue’s terrible decisions must be editorially mandated and not all Michelinie’s fault. I’m referring specifically to Conclave head honcho Nathan Ellery coming back from the dead at the end. He fell off a roof a while ago and Batman was going to investigate. Apparently, Batman got busy.

Anyway, other stupid parts is the handling of Matt and Abby, who Michelinie reduce to a cute, dimwitted couple, as well as Swamp Thing getting a couple people killed.

The best part is how indifferent Swamp Thing is in his part in it. This girl saves him and Swamp Thing rewards her by leaving her with some thugs. He walks off without realizing she isn’t following him and she’s executed.

This event occurs in the issue where Swamp Thing thinks to himself how much he cares about everyone.

Michelinie’s writing is atrocious. Even Redondo isn’t trying hard illustrating this tripe.

CREDITS

Night of the Warring Dead; writer, David Michelinie; artist, Nestor Redondo; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, Marcos; editors, Paul Levitz and Joe Orlando; publisher, DC Comics.

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