The Swamp Thing first appeared in the ‘70s created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. The character really gained popularity when comic genius Alan Moore took over ‘Saga of the Swamp Thing’ in the early ‘80s. Moore’s creation became one of the seminal must-reads in comic book history. However, due to the now darker nature of the character, Swamp Thing was shifted to DC’s Vertigo universe in 1993 and has remained there until returning to the main DC Universe as the dark avatar during the finale to last year’s ‘Brightest Day’ series.
After the events of ‘Brightest Day’, Alec Holland, the human soul that was once linked to the plant elemental Swamp Thing, was resurrected by the White Lantern entity. This separated the Swamp Thing from his link to humanity as he literally lost his mind. Now fellow Vertigo escapee John Constantine (Hellblazer) has been tracking down the revived Alec Holland so that he can put things back to normal… by killing Holland!
This issue, Constantine enlists the aid of the mystic Madame Xanadu and Deadman to pin down Holland’s whereabouts. As he approaches the swamp laboratory where Lexcorp is running their own tests on Holland, Constantine runs afoul of Batman and Superman. The heroes have arrived to stop Constantine killing Holland. Batman reveals that he has picked up a few magical warding tricks of his own and prevents Constantine from killing Holland. In an uncharacteristic turn, Constantine seems to have a change of heart and allows Holland to live.
With the earth elemental still disconnected from mankind, it remains to be seen what will become of the Swamp Thing. We’ll find out on September 7th when ‘Swamp Thing’ #1 is released as part of DC’s ‘New 52’. Scott Snyder, fresh off his landmark run on ‘Detective Comics’, will pen the series and I couldn’t be happier about the choice!
BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING #3
Written by JONATHAN VANKIN
Art by MARCO CASTIELLO
Cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES