Out of deference to those who have yet to pick up and slip to the last page of BRIGHTEST DAY #23, we’ll put this in the jump.
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We haven’t been following along with the whole Lantern-verse for various reasons, but we’ve heard people speculating over the last few months that the White Lantern would be Swamp Thing and now that BRIGHTEST DAY #23 is out, it turns out it’s sort of true.
Swampy is back as the Dark Avatar, a corrupted being that has been threatening the Parliament of Trees that all the other Lanterns have to protect.
This has been getting lots of play across the internets this week for several reasons.
#1: Swamp Thing is a fantastic character who was created by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson in the ’70s before becoming the first of the modern superheroes in the seminal run by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alacala and more; it was this run which showed America how great Moore the writer was, but it also inspired the entire “Vertigo Era” of thoughtful, genre-ish sf/fantasy/crime stories to come.
#2: For years, Swamp Thing was only allowed to appear in Vertigo books; but with the DC Entertainment reorg, Vertigo characters are back in the DCU and this is the clearest sign yet that what was once Vertigo-only is now part of the whole DCU multiverse.
Or as the Source had it:
With the ability to regenerate by turning any matter into his own body mass, Swamp Thing is a creature of monumental power and is quintessential to the DC Universe. After having been absent for so many years, what does his return signify?
Along with the blog post, DC sent along a gallery of great Swampy images from over the years.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.