Fans of the Walmart 100-Page Giant comics will be treated to an extra dose of fright this Halloween, as DC’s line of successful anthology comics will now include a special horror-themed one-shot, Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special. This 100-page, $4.99 comic book includes an all-new story featuring the “Protector of the Green,” Swamp Thing.
“Hollow” is a 12-page story written by Brian Azzarello, with art by fan-favorite artist Greg Capullo. Children can’t help but be curious about what lurks in the woods at the edge of town on Halloween night…and unfortunately for them, this group of trick-or-treaters has crossed paths with a mysterious witch who has her own tale to tell about where curiosity leads—directly into the path of the creature known only as Swamp Thing! Can they escape her clutches? Or is there something much worse out there that they should REALLY fear?
This 100-Page Giant sells for $4.99 and includes several classic fright-filled stories from DC’s history, led by the iconic House of Secrets #92 from 1971, which features Swamp Thing’s very first appearance, written and drawn by co-creators Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist). 1971’s “Night of the Reaper,” from Batman #237, features two more giants of superhero storytelling, writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, telling a Halloween tale of revenge and the search for a Nazi war criminal.
2007’s DC Infinity Halloween Special also contributes to this issue, with stories featuring DC heroes Superman (“Strange Cargo”), Blue Devil and Enchantress (“The Pumpkin Sinister”) and Zatanna (“Kcirt ro Taert”). The book also reprints a Batman tale from the 2008 DC Infinity Halloween Special, “The Ballad of Jonathan Crane,” as well as “Night Gods” from 2010’s The Brave and the Bold, starring Aquaman and the Demon.
The Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special ships to stores today and should arrive in participating Walmart stores throughout North America by Sunday, October 7.
When CDC researcher Abby Arcane returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
Based on the DC characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, Swamp Thing is coming to the new DC digital service as a one-hour live-action drama.
Warner Bros. Television is teaming up with Atomic Monsters and the one-hour drama is going to script-to-series.
It is being executive produced by James Wan (Atomic Monster), Mark Verheiden, Gary Dauberman, Michael Clear (Atomic Monster), co-produced by Rob Hackett (Atomic Monster), and written by Mark Verheiden and Gary Dauberman.
The series is aiming for a 2019 launch.
It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a tribute to Len Wein and Swamp Thing!
Swamp Thing Winter Special is by Tom King, Len Wein, Kelley Jones, and Jason Fabok.
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Swamp Thing Winter Special #1
(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kelley Jones (A/CA) Jason Fabok
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain-with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing’s fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.
In addition, this special features the final Swamp Thing story from the monster’s co-creator, Len Wein. Originally intended as the start of a new series, it is presented here both in its original script form and with art by Kelley Jones.
A new hardcover book, Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman, is being published by DC Entertainment as part of its celebration of the one-thousandth issue of Action Comics—the longest continually published comic book of its kind in history, the series that introduced Superman to the world and the title that launched the superhero genre. The collection features a series of essays and iconic Superman stories edited by former DC Publisher Paul Levitz. Most notably, the book includes a never before published 12-page story from original Superman writer Jerry Siegel with art by the Joe Shuster Studio titled “Too Many Heroes.”
The 384-page hardcover book will cost $29.99 and hit store shelves on April 19. Highlights and key Superman stories in this collection include:
- A new cover by legendary artist and DC Publisher Jim Lee
- Text pieces including: an editor’s note by Paul Levitz, a tribute to Action Comics by Laura Siegel Larson (daughter of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel), an introduction by Jules Feiffer, plus essays by Tom DeHaven (“It’s Superman!”), David Hajdu (“The Ten-Cent Plague”), Larry Tye (“Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero”) and Gene Luen Yang (Superman, New Super-Man and the National Book Award finalist “American Born Chinese”)
- “The Coming of Superman,” from Action Comics #1, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
- “Revolution in San Monte,” from Action Comics #2, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Joe Shuster
- “The Terrible Toyman!,” from Action Comics #64, written by Don Cameron with art by Ed Dobrotka and George Roussos, featuring the debut of Toyman
- “The Super-Key to Fort Superman,” from Action Comics #241, written by Jerry Coleman with art by Wayne Boring and Stan Kaye, featuring the first appearance of the Fortress of Solitude
- “The Super-Duel in Space,” from Action Comics #242, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Brainiac
- “The Supergirl from Krypton!,” from Action Comics #252, written by Otto Binder with art by Al Plastino, featuring the debut of Supergirl
- “The World’s Greatest Heroine!,” from Action Comics #285, written by Jerry Siegel with art by Jim Mooney
- “The Superman Super-Spectacular!,” from Action Comics #309, written by Edmond Hamilton with art by Curt Swan and George Klein, featuring an appearance by President John F. Kennedy
- “Superman Takes a Wife,” from Action Comics #484, written by Cary Bates with art by Curt Swan and Joe Giella
- “If Superman Didn’t Exist…” from Action Comics #554, written by Marv Wolfman with art by Gil Kane
- “The Game,” a new original story written by Paul Levitz with art by Neal Adams
- “Squatter,” from Action Comics #584, written by John Byrne with art by Byrne and Dick Giordano
- “Ma Kent’s Photo Album,” from Action Comics #655, written by Roger Stern with art by Kerry Gammill and Dennis Janke
- “Secrets in the Night,” from Action Comics #662, written by Roger Stern with art by Bob McLeod
- “A Hero’s Journey,” from Action Comics #800, written by Joe Kelly with art by Pasqual Ferry, Duncan Rouleau, Lee Bermejo and others
- “The Boy Who Stole Superman’s Cape,” from Action Comics #0, written by Grant Morrison with art by Ben Oliver
- “The Mystery of the Freight Train Robberies,” from Action Comics #1, written by Fred Guardineer with art by Guardineer, featuring the debut of Zatara
- “The Origin of the Vigilante,” from Action Comics #42, written by Mort Weisinger with art by Mort Meskin, featuring the debut of the Vigilante
- “The Assassin-Express Contract!,” from Action Comics #419, written by Len Wein with art by Carmine Infantino and Dick Giordano, featuring the debut of the Human Target
Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman is just part of DC’s Superman celebration, with the seminal Action Comics #1000 also released in April and a series of Superman-themed variant covers and even more to come.
It’s a new week and we’re recovering from our Hellboy Hell Water weekend. We’ve got lots coming up this week so stay tuned for some fun stuff coming down the pipeline! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Around the Tubes
The Comichron – August’s comics orders can’t compare to 2016’s Rebirth boom; Dark Nights: Metal, Paper Girls top charts – For those interested in the horse race.
Atomic Junk Shop – R.I.P. Len Wein – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.
Around the Tubes Reviews
ICv2 – Castle Stars Vol. 1 The Space Race 1869
Bam Smack Pow – Champions of Earth #3
Talking Comics – Generations: Iron Man & Ironheart #1
Comic Attack – Postal #22
If you’re a Wolverine fan then you’ve probably read this comic in some form or another over the years, more than likely in one reprinted form or another – which is what I read for this review because I can’t afford an original copy. Specifically a 25th anniversary reprint edition of the story that also included Incredible Hulk #180 – Wolverine’s first appearance was on the final page in this comic, his full comic debut would come the following month in issue 181 – as well as a story featuring Hercules from Marvel Treasury Edition #26 that was largely forgettable, I can honestly say that The Incredible Hulk #181 was much better than I remember it being.
Having first read this story when I was twelve in a British reprint magazine (Wolverine Unleashed #16), I remember not really being all that impressed with the story. There was too much Hulk and not enough Wolverine for my twelve year old sensibilities, and it would be safe to say that a lot of the comic was lost on me back then.
While I don’t think I’ve grown up a whole lot since I was twelve – I literally just spent the last ten minutes posing an action figure – I may have matured somewhat in my understanding of story telling, and the themes of loneliness that Len Wein is exploring using the Hulk, because I don’t remember these threads running through the comic the first time I read it, although to be I was probably more interested in the action at the time.
One of the first things I noticed was the style of the narration throughout the book as Wein filled in details that weren’t always covered by the art. While in today’s comics the reader should be “reading” the art as well as the words, that was less of a requirement here, which had the end result of feeling as though there was a lot more story included within the comic, and a greater insight into the Hulk’s thought process – such that it is. While I won’t claim to prefer this method over the modern, or vice versa, it is an interesting way to tell a story in a comic book, and as I read more older comics for these retro reviews it’s something I’m excited to see more of.
As I said, when I first sat down with (a reprint of) The Incredible Hulk #181 I didn’t actually expect to enjoy it, let alone for it to be as good as it is. Despite being more than thirty years old, this comic still holds up to this day; the story is still relevant and the artwork is still vibrant and exciting (and not at all dated); reading this today was one hell of a pleasant surprise, and if yu can track down a copy to read, I’d highly recommend you do so. Especially if you’re a Wolverine fan.
Story: Len Wein: Penciller: Herb Trimpe
Inker: Jack Abel Colourist: Glynis Wein
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy (a reprint).
Legends of Tomorrow #5
METAMORPHO • Written by AARON LOPRESTI Art by AARON LOPRESTI and JONATHAN GLAPION
Metamorpho and the people of Dagon Ra have finally obtained the Orb of Ra just in time for Kanjar Ro and his space pirates to arrive to take it. Will Metamorpho be able to defend the people of Dagon Ra and the Orb from Kanjar Ro’s wrath, or will they succumb to it?
FIRESTORM • Written by GERRY CONWAY Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and ROB HUNTER
Multiple Multiplexes! As the Quantum Field generator begins collapsing our reality and strengthening Multiplex duplication, Multiplex is unsure which version of himself manifests the real Danton Black. We’ll need Professor Stein, Ronnie and Jason to team up as Firestorm for this one!
SUGAR & SPIKE • Written by KEITH GIFFEN Art by BILQUIS EVELY
Sugar & Spike’s lives weren’t always so full of sleazy super-heroic stake-outs. Discover the case that started it all and endeared our heroes to the superhero community—it’s the secret origin of Sugar & Spike!
METAL MEN • Written by LEN WEIN Art by YILDIRAY CINAR and TREVOR SCOTT
The government has unleashed its ultimate plan to get the Metal Men back—a twisted team of Metal Men bent on bringing our heroes in. Meanwhile, a looming threat waits in the shadows.
Swamp Thing returns in an all-new series written by his co-creator, legendary writer Len Wein! Swamp Thing has received an ominous warning, and now he finds himself under attack from the forces of dark magic. These are more than just your average monsters—and there’s something much worse looming on the horizon for Alec Holland!
I’ll straight up admit I never read Wein’s classic take on Swamp Thing, so there’s nothing for me to compare it to. Instead what I can compare it to is comics from the 70s and 80s I grew up with in general, and in many ways this first issue is a throwback to classic comics, especially classic horror comics, and for that, it’s so good.
The comic from front to back is almost a love letter to horror comics of old. Whether Wein is purposely channeling that, or it’s just still his style, the comic had me traveling back in time when I was younger. Those only know the condensed faster paced comics of today might be scratching their head.
The art by Kelley Jones has that throwback vibe as well and again classic horror comics are channeled for the look. Here, it doesn’t totally work and there’s definitely panels I had issues with and an inconsistency with the characters. It’s good though, and it captures a style you don’t see a lot today (and currently dominated by Francesco Francavilla).
Your enjoyment will probably hinge on if you like classic horror, which tends to be much slower in pacing and somewhat poetic in how the dialogue and thought balloons are written. There’s been some revivals of “classic” comics that just haven’t worked (*cough* X-Men Forever *cough*), but Wein pulls it off masterfully here.
Story: Len Wein Art: Kelley Jones
Story: 8 Art: 7.4 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
After 40 years, he’s back and ready to play in the murky swamp again! DC Entertainment is excited to launch an all-new six-issue Swamp Thing miniseries written by Swampy’s co-creator, legendary writer Len Wein!
Swamp Thing #1 hits shelves January 6, 2016.