Title: Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Jason Fabok
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Publication Date: February 7th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “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.”
There are times in every comic book readers journey where they come across an issue that redefines, for them, exactly what a good or great comic book is, and typically during these thought-provoking times readers remember all of the reasons why they love and appreciate the medium as much as they do. While reading Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1 this reader had one of these sought-after moments and I am grateful for the book and for its creators and for industry legends that paved the path for such a work to come into existence.
Tom King and Jason Fabok’s Swamp Thing Winter Special is an emotional tour de force reminiscent of Cormac McCarty’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, and serves as a stunning tribute to Swamp Thing and his creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. From start to finish the book fires on all cylinders and while being blatantly intense and entertaining Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1 is subtle and profound and ultimate redefines what comic books are what they can be. Not all readers may appreciate this special in this way, but those that do will be rewarded after multiple readings and re-interpretations of the book’s meaning.
To put it simply, Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1 is a masterclass in modern visual storytelling that deserves high-praise and, perhaps, an award or two.
And as if the main tale in this special wasn’t enough, the special ends with the last Swamp Thing comic book that the legendary comic book writer and Swam Thing co-creator, Len Wein, worked on before his death. The issue is unfinished but works well and acts as a sort of ‘last gift’ from Weing that readers and long-time Swamp Thing fans will surely appreciate.
Comic books don’t get much better than this one here; go out and buy Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1.
The Bottom Line:
The Swamp Thing Winter Special is an emotional story reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, that redefines what comic books are, and ultimately, what they can be; this story of survival acts as an amazing tribute to Swamp Thing and his creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1 is an absolute must-read.