Review – Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Written by Maggie Stiefvater

Illustrations by Morgan Beem

Published October 13, 2020 by DC Comics

208 Pages

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!

4 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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Final Glimpse of Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Hey everyone! I am here today with your FINAL sneak peak at Swamp Thing: Twin Branches! I hope you have enjoyed these special looks as much as I have. Only one more week until this epic graphic novel publishes on October 13th! Make sure you have your copy pre-ordered. If you haven’t done so already, click here to pre-order today!

From #1-New York Times-bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem comes DC’s newest young adult original graphic novel, the spine-tingling saga Swamp Thing: Twin Branches. In the pages of this haunting retelling of the Swamp Thing origin story, teenage twin brothers Alec and Walker Holland arrive in Virginia for their last summer before college, but while Walker thrives in the light of parties and social life, Alec recedes into the cool darkness of the lab, driven to finding answers in his plant experiment on consciousness and memory. But what Alec comes to realize is that the experiment isn’t about solving nature’s riddles, but about finding out who he really is. And though these twin brothers have grown apart, they share the same roots – and will unite once more before splintering apart forever.

Swamp Thing: Twins Branches is a haunting coming-of-age story about growing into who you’re meant to be, and the sacrifices you make to protect the people you love. This original young adult graphic novel is aimed at readers ages 13+ and deftly interweaves in social issues like bullying, peer pressure and living with a medical condition, while examining themes like growing up, the importance of communication, sharing memories and experiences, and overcoming trauma. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches hits stores everywhere books are sold on 10/13/2020.

More Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Hey everyone! Today I have MORE for you to see in the upcoming graphic novel, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches! The more I see of this book, the more excited I get. As I mentioned last week, I love Maggie Stiefvater so I will read anything she writes. But I have also been really getting into graphic novels the last few years and DC Comics has been putting out some great young adult origin stories for some of their classic characters! If you haven’t already, click here to pre-order your copy today!

From #1-New York Times-bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem comes DC’s newest young adult original graphic novel, the spine-tingling saga Swamp Thing: Twin Branches. In the pages of this haunting retelling of the Swamp Thing origin story, teenage twin brothers Alec and Walker Holland arrive in Virginia for their last summer before college, but while Walker thrives in the light of parties and social life, Alec recedes into the cool darkness of the lab, driven to finding answers in his plant experiment on consciousness and memory. But what Alec comes to realize is that the experiment isn’t about solving nature’s riddles, but about finding out who he really is. And though these twin brothers have grown apart, they share the same roots – and will unite once more before splintering apart forever.

Swamp Thing: Twins Branches is a haunting coming-of-age story about growing into who you’re meant to be, and the sacrifices you make to protect the people you love. This original young adult graphic novel is aimed at readers ages 13+ and deftly interweaves in social issues like bullying, peer pressure and living with a medical condition, while examining themes like growing up, the importance of communication, sharing memories and experiences, and overcoming trauma. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches hits stores everywhere books are sold on 10/13/2020.

Cover Reveal! Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

I am so excited to be able to share this cover reveal with you guys! An awesome new graphic novel will be coming out this fall on October 13th. It is available for pre-order right now so make sure to check out the links below. Without further ado…. the cover for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater.

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Look at how gorgeous this art is! I am really looking forward to reading this graphic novel. I adore Maggie Stiefvater so I’m thrilled that she is branching out and writing a graphic novel.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

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. For their last summer before college, 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.

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows literal and imagined—and those that take form and haunt us.

About Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novels ShiverLingerForever, and Sinner. Her novel The Scorpio Races was named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association. The first book in the Raven Cycle, The Raven Boys, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and the second book, The Dream Thieves, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The third book, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, received five starred reviews. The final book, The Raven King, received four. Her latest book is All the Crooked Saints, which became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is also an artist and musician. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children. You can visit her online at maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem:

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist working predominately in comics and illustration. Beem’s past comics credits include Adventure Time, and The Family Trade, among others. She has worked with some of the biggest comics publishers in the industry including DC, Boom! Studios and Image Comics.
About DC
DC is one of the largest English-language publishers of comics and graphic novels in the world and home to some of the most iconic and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, and the DC UNIVERSE subscription streaming service. For more information, visit dccomics.com.

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