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"Natural Consequences"

(22 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist(s): Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: John Costanza
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: Steve Bissette (signed)
Pictured: Swamp Thing's giant face enshrouding the Arkham Asylum building. In the windows are the Joker (top left), the Floronic Man (right), Two-Face (bottom left) and Clayface (bottom right)


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The wife of the original Alec Holland (the human whose body was the template for Swamp Thing) was a descendent of Alex Olsen's widow Linda Ridge Olsen who appeared in HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 (the first appearance of a Swamp Thing, reprinted in #33).

2:1 The next 3 pages take us on a whirlwind tour of Gotham City, the home of the Batman. From Evanston to Sommerset, Gotham has probably never been described in such geographic detail in the 47 years since Batman premiered.
Veitch's graffiti story "The
Everlasting Tag", EPIC #28

3:1 Captain Jon Logerquist was a Swedish mercenary who founded Fort Adolphus, which became Gotham City. Gotham's history is further shown in issue #86 ,1989.
Note the barrel of "toxic waste" above the credits.
Also note the graffitti that says "Herpes". Contributor Jonathan Schaper points out that "This is an in-joke referring to a Rick Veitch short story from EPIC ILLUSTRATED #28 (1985). The story takes place in a future in which all crime, poverty, etc. has been eliminated EXCEPT that someone manages to spraypaint the tag 'Herpes 2000' on everything while evading detection." The story is reprinted in Veitch's "Shiny Beasts" paperback (2007, King Hell).
Veitch references herpes
again in "Ghosts in
the Machine", EPIC #29

4:2,3 The Sunderland Corporation, last seen in issue #21 , is apparently still in business, based on the tickertape and truck seen here.

4:5 Charon is also the name of the being who ferries people to the land of the dead in Greek mythology.

4:6 Link to 5:1 "One thing leads"/"Just one lead"

5:1 The man at right is Commissioner James Gordon of the Gotham City Police Dept.

5:2 Wicker and the DDI have not appeared since issue #20.

5:4 This all happened in issue #21.

6:2 Harvey Bullock refers to events that affected Matt Cable's mind in issues prior to issue #21 . He also refers to the death of Alec Holland from SWAMP THING(1st series) #1.

7:1 Arkham Asylum, where most of Batman's enemies are incarcerated, was last seen in this series in issue #30 and is visited by Constantine in issue #66.

7:2 Given the following appearances of Batman foes, it is probable that the "ivy" mentioned here is connected to the presence of the villainess Poison Ivy. The "sticky-faced man" is Clayface, who starred in a story in BATMAN ANNUAL #11, written by Alan Moore. He is under the delusion that the mannequin is his wife. The killer/lawyer is Harvey Dent, alias Two-Face.

8:3 Jason Woodrue (The Floronic Man) is apologizing for what he did in issue #24 .

9:1 Link from 8:6 "Don't leave me here with the voices"/Various voices call to Abby

11:2 This is the first appearance of the public defender Barnard(?)

18:1 Link from 17:6 "Not bad"/"This looks bad"

18:6 Although Lex Luthor is Superman's archenemy, he is seen by the public as a philanthropic businessman at this point in DC comics' continuity. Luthor's intervention was foreshadowed in issue #46 , page 8 and ST seeks revenge on him in #79 .

19:1 Link from 18:6 "Ten minutes starts now"/"Their time is up"

21:3 The "warning about power" was from the Parliament of Trees in issue #47 .

22:1 "One thing leads to another" was first quoted on 1:6

COMMENT: In 2002, DC Comics collected issues 51-56 in the trade book "Swamp Thing: Earth to Earth".

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