Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Illustrations by Morgan Beem
Published October 13, 2020 by DC Comics
DC Comics Summary: Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. Spending their last summer before college together, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.
Review: When I first heard that DC Comics was coming out with a graphic novel about Swamp Thing, I was intrigued. And then add Maggie Stiefvater to the mix, and I was sold. I couldn’t wait to read it. I’ve been really getting into the DC universe lately with the awesome YA graphic novels they have been putting out lately. I went into this not knowing a thing about Swamp Thing.
The story starts out with Alec and Walker taking a break from their fighting parents and off to spend their last summer before college with their cousins in Virginia. Right from the start I felt a kinship with Alec. Like a true introvert, he has a really hard time fitting in with other people his age and prefers to be left alone. Walker is the exact opposite and tries to get Alec to get out more. Alec would much rather spend his time with his plants and his experiment, Boris. I felt so hard for him when all of his research and experiments were ruined upon arriving in Virginia. But he didn’t give up and did everything he could to get back on track. I loved seeing him connect with a fellow nerd, Abby. I also really enjoyed the little tidbits on different plants that had a connection to how Alec felt. One of the really cool things about this story was seeing the brothers’ relationship with each other. In typical twin fashion, they had each other’s backs in everything. It was really great seeing Walker’s vulnerabilities towards the end and Alec stepping up to take control of the situation to protect Walker.
In addition to the story, I really loved the illustrations by Morgan Beem. I loved seeing the story come to life. The color scheme was gorgeous. One of my favorite things about the art was seeing the dogs transformation after they destroyed Alec’s work. So cool! I think the only thing I was really disappointed with was the ending. It happened so quickly and I need to know more!
I received a free copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.
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