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Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3 (of 3)

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Based on 5 critic ratings.

One former avatar wasn’t enough to take down the savage champion the Green created to wipe out the last of humanity…so another avatar will have to do what Alec Holland couldn’t! It’s time to unleash the Animal Woman!

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Kindle Edition
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47 pages
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English
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$6.99
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B0BWL1LBXT

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5 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 95

    Geek Dad

    The biggest draw in this series is the fantastic fight scenes by Doug Mahnke, capturing some of the most brutal moments in the series and showing us just how grotesque it is when the Green and Red unite. But in all that, there are some really powerful and emotional moments. The human characters, who could have been little more than plot devices, get the chance to shine in the final battle. Maxine’s entry in the fight leads to some fantastic scenes, including a groundhog getting to play a surprisingly heroic role. Of all the characters, it’s John Constantine who really steals the show—pulling off one fantastic final gambit with his soul in the balance, and Deadman as his only companion as it all goes down. There’s a dark sense of humor and fatalism to much of the issue, but it all comes together into a surprisingly powerful emotional catharsis. There’s a reason Lemire is considered one of the all-time greats, and I’m a little sad this might be his DC swan song.

  • 94

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3 is nonstop, relentless action that’s fierce and extremely intense from start to finish. Moreover, Lemire doesnt hold back anything as he throws almost everything at the Green and the Red in order to defeat the Parliaments. Story beats that fans never saw coming fly into the forefront in a logical way that just makes sense. Yet, the best aspect of this entire issue was how Lemire and Mahnke got this reviewer to feel in each desperation maneuver. Plus, the rollercoaster ride of emotions hit hard each time and Im not even a huge Swamp Thing fan. Overall, Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3 was the best issue to date and ended this Black Label tale well. If you already invested in the first two issues, dont wait go out over lunch to get your copy. And if you havent yet dipped your toe into Swamp Thing: Green Hell, I wouldnt get the issue. Id preorder the trade now! This was a fantastic story that Swamp Thing fans will remember for quite some time.

  • 92

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: A beautiful, brutal and engaging conclusion from Jeff Lemire. The action is fantastic. The drama in the story is fulfilling and compelling. Lemire does some fantastic work in getting to the essence of the characters, especially Swamp Thing and Constantine. There are huge stakes in the story and all of the character moments make you care about the world they are trying to defend. I love the final moments of the story and what it means for the future.

    The Art: Mahnke and Moll deliver some fantastic art throughout the issue. The action looks amazing. I love the mixture of action and horror elements in the visuals and there are some strong images that evoke great emotion from the reader.

  • 90

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Lemire is a master storyteller, so it’s no surprise that this mini-series started and ended even stronger. Swamp Thing’s emotional motives are crystal clear, the hero’s challenge feels overwhelming, and the twists (more than one) deliver surprise punches to elevate the issue further. This is what exciting, serious drama looks like.

    More importantly, the story resolves with a new status quo for most of the characters, including the Green and the Red, leaving the door open for new stories in the future.

    Doug Mahke’s art is very good in this issue. There are a few panels where the inks look a bit rough, but that could be a deliberate creative choice rather than hasty work. Still, the overall visuals are gritty and dark, which means it works perfectly for a dystopian end-of-the-world final fight for survival. (…) Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3 ends the mini-series with big action, big stakes, big emotion, and a big conclusion that changes the Green and the Red as we know them. Lemire’s writing is mesmerizing, and Mahnke’s art is top-notch.

  • 80

    ComicBook.com

    Alec Holland manages to tap into the Green one last time to wage war against the three Parliaments, thanks to some unlikely help from Animal Woman and John Constantine, hoping to stave off the decimation of humanity for just a little bit longer. The stakes of this series and the “finality” of this conclusion give the necessary weight to the adventure to get the reader invested, no matter how familiar they are with the character, making for a riveting read for new and old fans alike. While we shouldn’t expect the events of this book to have a widespread impact on the entire DC universe, it makes for a thrilling experience with earned consequences for this specific take on these otherworldly characters. Some of the book’s more intimate moments look a bit rough around the edges in the artwork, though these underwhelming elements are salvaged in the more bombastic conflicts between The Green, The Red, and The Rot. Given that fans had to wait an extended period of time between issues 1 and 2 of this series, the conclusion might not have paid off for the delay, but Swamp Thing: Green Hell will mark a thrilling and disturbing collection in Swamp Thing’s lexicon to add to your library.

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