Swamp Thing: Twin Branches will be one of the next YA original graphic novels from DC Comics, the publisher has announced.
The book will be authored by Maggie Stiefvater with artwork by Morgan Beem, colors by Jeremy Lawson, and lettering by Ariana Maher. It’s due out Oct. 13, and like the other titles in this line — including those about Beast Boy, Wonder Woman, Aqualad, and Black Canary — it will take a familiar DC concept and tell a new story with it through a modern lens, one aimed at enticing younger fans of the medium.
The plot synopsis for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches involves twins Alec and Walker Holland — an inseparable pair with polemic personalities — leaving the city to visit rural cousins during the last summer before they go to college. While visiting said rural cousins, Walker makes the most of it socially while Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, ultimately being consumed by an experiment. The plot jumps off from there, with the press release saying it will be “rooting the character’s journey to becoming Swamp Thing in a poignant coming-of-age tale about family, friendship, and acceptance.”
Writer Stiefvater is best-known for her New York Times best-selling novels Shiver, Linger, Forever
You can find the first preview artwork for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches below, following the jump.
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches
Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Illustrated by Morgan Beem
Colored by Jeremy Lawson
Lettered by Ariana Maher
On Sale October 13, 2020
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.