Alec Holland is back as Swamp Thing.
Or is he?
Holland is actually returning in the new DC Black Label series in three parts Swamp Thing: Green Hell by author Jeff Lemire and artist Doug Mahnke, which the publisher calls “one of the greatest artists in modern DC history.”
Holland has been replaced in the current DC Universe continuity (albeit as loosely defined as it is) by Levi Kamei in the current Swamp Thing series. Holland surprisingly reappeared in human form in the series and serves as a mentor to Kamei.
But in what DC refers to as a new, distorted version of the myth and a “glowing, gruesome monster mask”, the fate of all humanity is in the hands of Holland.
Even though all this has been said, Swamp Thing: Green Hell takes place in some unspecified dystopian future.
On a Earth that is “all but finished,” the last remnants of the human race survive on a mountain top that peaks over “endless flood waters.”
When the parliaments of the Greens, the Reds and the Rats all agree that humanity has got its shot and it’s time to start fresh and begin the cycle of life all over again, they combine their forces to summon an avatar to finish the job – “one of the most horrible monsters that has ever haunted the surface of this abandoned planet.”
Mahnke has designed the primary cover for Swamp Thing: Green Hell # 1, and he has teamed up with variations from Christian Ward and Francesco Francavilla. Check them out here:
Swamp stuff; Green Hell # 1 variant covers
It may not be an exaggeration based on the preview artwork just above, which is not for the faint of heart.
Enter Alec Holland, as DC says in this story has been dead for decades. But will he fight this new monster like the Swamp Parliament, or will Holland have to fight this new monstrous version? of The swamp thing?
It sounds like it might be the latter, as it explains in DC’s announcement that Holland understands the enemy and has used its tactics before.
The 48-page Swamp Thing: Green Hell # 1, released in Prestige Plus format, goes on sale on December 28th.
The image above alone qualifies this story as an appropriate place to remind you of Newsarama’s list best horror comics ever.
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