On February 7, Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 hits comic shops around the country, ready to give Swamp Thing fans plenty to enjoy and reminisce about some of the classic comics that came before. The one-shot serves as a tribute to the creators of Swamp Thing: Len Wein, whom we lost this past September, and Bernie Wrightson, who passed nearly a year ago on March 18, 2017.
Tom King (Mister Miracle) and Jason Fabok (The Button) will produce the main story, which shows Swamp Thing out of the damp marshes and green foliage and places him in the frigid landscape of the frozen tundra as he tries to help a lost boy. The different surroundings prove to be a difficult challenge for Swampy, as he doesn't have his usual resources to draw upon his powers while there are many threats closing in. It's a story of panic and anxiety, making for a proper nod to the essential works by Wein and Wrightson, who established the character long before Alan Moore began his historic run.
The King/Fabok story is over 40 pages in length and boasts some of Fabok's best art to date. And as a bonus treat, Wein's final Swamp Thing story will be printed with art by Kelley Jones alongside the original script. It was originally supposed to kick off a new series, a sequel to his 2016 Swamp Thing mini-series.
"The premise to Len and my mini-series was to dive headlong back into the pure horror of Len and Bernie Wrightson’s original vision for Swamp Thing and tie Swampy even closer to the DCU," Jones told SYFY WIRE. "The funny thing Len did was not to treat this issue as the first issue of a second miniseries, but Issue 7, continuing directly after the sixth and final issue of the first miniseries we did together."
Oh, and Batman makes an appearance, which should be an easy hook for readers.
View colored preview pages of the first five pages of the King/Fabok story and the first three pages of the Wein/Jones story and some of its script below.
Look for the squarebound Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 on February 7 with a cover price of $7.99.