Rebooting Swamp Thing's entire character from scratch isn't the worst way to make this work. I really isn't. I think the character deserves better than being dragged through a silly Geoff John crossover, but I actually sort of like where this is going. For now it seems like the essence of the character is being preserved, while the some the baggage that comes along with it is being quietly ignored. The (re)introduction of John Constantine into the mix is surprising, but encouraging. The Constantine/Swamp Thing dynamic is an essential part of the best Swamp Thing stories, so I'm glad to see it return. Its still don't necessarily agree with bringing these characters back, but at least its being done (sort of) well.
Of course, I don't see how all this couldn't have happened without canceling the China Mieville series. Marvel seems to have no problem trusting their readers to differentiate their more adult oriented books from the all ages fare (though neither D.C. or Marvel's mainstream books are exactly suitable for children at the moment), so I'm not sure why the two books couldn't coexist. And really, D.C. isn't canceling Hellblazer, even after bringing John Constantine. Oh well. For now, I'm just hoping that the new Swamp Thing series will feature a good creative team. Blatantly stealing from Alan Moore is only going to get D.C. so far.
Brightest Day #24
Written By: Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi
Art: Scott Clark, Patrick Gleason, Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, and Ardian Syaf