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DC Comics releases full cover for Search for Swamp Thing

Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing

Although they previously teased it with two characters blacked out, DC Comics has now released the full covers (plural) for the first issue of Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing.

The above cover by Ardian Syaf and Vicente Cifuentes’ is the book’s final cover, with John Constantine and Zatanna appearing where big blobs of black once dwelled. And after the jump is J.G. Jones’ variant cover, featuring Batman, Swamp Thing and Constantine.




After all these years of having John drawn by the likes of John Ridgway, Tim Bradstreet, Gary Erskine, Warren Pleece, Steve Pugh, Sean Phillips, Mark Buckingham, Jock, Simon Bisley, Guy Davis , Dave McKean, David Lloyd, Frazer Irving, Sean Murphy, and Richard Corben I never realized how much I yearned to seem him drawn by people aping Jim Lee. Bats, Supes, and Z look as psyched as I am.

Love that JG cover! It reminds me of a Starman cover from those late 90s days of yore… so cool.

The scene I’m dying to see now that Constantine is back in the DCU:

(Two-shot, John and Batman. John has just given Bats a non-answer to some question. Batman is doing the whole tall-dark-and-scary thing.)
BATMAN: Don’t try my patience, Constantine…
(Same as previous panel. They’re looking each other in the eye. Batman is taller than John. John takes a drag on his cigarette. No dialogue.)
(Same as previous panel. John exhales a cloud of smoke. Still no dialogue.)
(Same as previous panel.)
JOHN: Listen, mate. I’ve been to hell and back–literally–three or four times. I’ve faced the First of the Fallen and lived to tell about it.
(Same as previous panel.)
JOHN: You want to SCARE me, you’re going to have to do better than that.
(John turns away from Batman. Looking back and smiling slightly, he delivers the punchline.)
JOHN: …Bruce.

Paul1963’s terrible fanfic scared me more than any Constantine Hellblazer book, that is for sure.

Simon DelMonte

May 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

Not sure whether I want to applaud DC for keeping true to Constantine’s character and leaving that cancer stick in his hands, or to question how they can show him smoking on a cover of a comic that (in theory) kids will be seeing.

To be fair, kids see people smoking in public anyway. If it was something far worse than something that commonplace – and as long as it’s not on something aimed directly at kids – I, personally, don’t think it’s that big of a deal.

Batman gets a shadow, but not Superman or Zatanna? And where’s that light source, in Bat’s utility belt?

Constantine’s pose isn’t that great… Compare his lighting up in the regular cover to the one in the variant. And if he’s just lighting up, why so much smoke?

Plus they could have used the trees in the background to suggest Swamp Thing’s visage.

There’s too much “negative space” above Batman and Zatanna, to the left and right of Superman’s head. This is a bad composition, but the fault lies with the editor, not the artist. The editor should have improved this layout or requested a better design.

They should have filled in that negative space with a dope Zatanna top hat. The editor saw this and said, “Yeah, fuck it. Whatever.” The title of this book is “Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing”. With the length of that I am pretty surprised they were able to fit four people on the cover. I bet 6 bucks there was a debate over whether or not to have Supe’s eyes have that weird “I just shot some heat vision” red smoke crap coming out of them.

I have decided they are marketing this to people who hate art and literature.

J.G. Jones is dope though.

Hell, I’ll jump on a bandwagon when it comes around. What’s up with John’s hand? There’s no way he’s holding a lighter.

That Jones cover though – nice!

That top cover is downright awful. Seriously. I don’t think I’ve seen any Syaf art that wasn’t somewhere between “eh whatever” and shitty.

YAY! Constantine and Zatanna reunited, I hope he shows up in her solo book too.

Would absolutely love to see Zatanna reunite with Constantine, although I would imagine there is still some tension between them, as her father died during a seance initiated by Constantine to wipe out a negative force. Of coarse Constantine would have to remain completely anonymous in appearances taking place in altered stories taking place in separate dimensions possibly out of connection with his own reality. ?

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