This issue reminded me of how much I’ll miss Charles Soule’s run on Swamp Thing when he leaves for Marvel. He has written the New 52 version of Swamp Thing almost as long as Scott Snyder did (he took over with issue #19), and had to follow the amazing "Rotworld" storyline. He’s done so admirably, from the "Seeder" storyline that almost saw him lose the avatar mantle, to the most recent storyline involving the former avatars of the Green and how they’ve adjusted to being back on earth.
This issue brings that arc to a close, and it covers a lot of ground in doing so. Several characters’ fates are decided, and the supporting cast of the book is decidedly smaller by the end. Artist Javier Pina gets to flex his muscles here, as we jump from heartbreaking drama, to action, to outright horror, all of which he handles well.
Soule has really made some sweeping changes to the character since taking over, none bigger than getting rid of the Parliament of the Green. He’s taken risks with the character, and so far they’ve all paid off. The next arc begins with a tie-in to “Future’s End,” and should be the final story arc of his run, which will have Swamp Thing meeting members of the Machine Kingdom. I’m pretty sure Soule will be leaving Swamp Thing on a strong note, which is pretty darn exciting given how great his run has been so far.