Popular and talented writer Scott Snyder chose an unusual medium to deliver the confirmation that he was leaving SWAMP THING with issue #18—Twit Longer. And it was a very long tweet indeed:
Hey guys – was going to wait until we got a little closer to announce this, but yes, Swamp Thing #18 will be my last issue, and Yanick’s too.
To be 100% clear: @YanickPaquette and I have been planning this ending – both an ending for us as creators on the book, and for the storyline we started way back in issue #1 – for a long time. Even before we signed on to do Swampy, we both knew it would be a limited run, as we had other projects in the pipeline we knew would eventually come to pass. But the chance to do Swamp Thing, to bring back a character we’ve both loved dearly since childhood, was just too thrilling to turn down.
That said, we both ended up staying longer than we’d planned, too, out of love of the character, love for the story we were getting to tell, love for our team, and above all, out of love and gratitude for you guys, the fans who’ve helped us do something here that many people said was impossible – make Swamp Thing a viable book in the DCU. For that, all of us on team Swampy will be forever grateful to you guys.
Truthfully, these characters are some of my personal favorites in comics, ever – the early issues by @LenWein and @BernieWrightson played a huge part in making me want to write in the first place. Then the fearless work by Moore, Bissette… The thing is, Swamp Thing has always been a series where creators did these crazy things, where they experimented, pushed themselves, imagined big, took risks – and the fact that you guys have supported our team, as we’ve tried our own crazy ideas on the book, story-wise, artistically…. it really means the world to us. It’s been a tremendous honor to write this book. And to have worked on it alongside friends like the art team – and one of my best friends in the world, and one of mu writing idols, @JeffLemire… Don’t know how to thank you all for giving me the opportunity.
Anyway, all this sounds so fucking sad, BUT – please know that these issues coming up next are the big ones – the status-quo-changing-mega-ones :) – that we’ve been building towards since issue #1. So the best is still coming, with the finale of Rotworld and our shocking storyline ending in Swampy #18.
After that, Swampy will continue with an exciting new team, to be announced soon. Please give them the love and support you’ve shown us. They certainly have our blessing.
Again everyone, can’t thank you all enough for this one. You guys made this gig a dream come true in every way, corny as that sounds. I thank you, team Swampy thanks you – and from deep in the swamp, Alec Holland, Abby Arcane, The Parliament, even Uncle Anton thanks you, too.
And now the guessing game for who will take over the critically well received book begins. Will it be Ray Fawkes? Will it be Scott Lobdell? If we were playing fantasy editor, we’d take Jim Starlin’s announcement that he was working at DC and pair it with Swamp Thing, because that would be very cool, but it will probably be who you least expect, except that he will have recently written an Image comic.
IN ADDITION! Steve here. Snyder is of course writing a new Superman series later in 2013, as well as the ongoing Batman book — while it looks like Paquette will be working on a new project with Grant Morrison, before then turning his attention towards a creator-owned project with Nathan Fairbairn. Ooh!
Jim Starlin on Swamp Thing… That would be better than him on Batgirl, IMHO.
He’s also taking a hiatus from American Vampire so that he can get get ahead of his Batman duties. It looks like he is concentrating on one series at a time, which probably is a good idea…
Wow, he’s even wordier with his tweets than he is with his purple prose. I generally like the guy but, wow, you’d think he was giving a speech for having won a Nobel Prize or something.
Woe to whomever follows Snyder’s considerably overhyped skills. I’m afraid the next writer can probably only preside over the normalization of this unlikely IP’s sales.
That’s not to say the next writer can’t craft a (at the very least, more than one) meaningful Swamp Thing story, but with DC choosing to emphasize character over creator in the hopes that creative can be more easily controlled, there will likely be very few left around to read it.
Oh, Swamp Thing. You’ve been so wonderful. So sad for this news. Writer AND artist leaving the book? :( And I had hopes Marco Rudy would at least stick around, but apparently he’s moved on (from what I’ve read) also… ugh.
They’ll be a tough team to follow.
Wonder if the incoming writer is Scott’s collaborator on Severed, Scott Tuft. Either way best of luck to whoever is coming on, Image has a deep bench of up and coming talent so there is some promise here.
Anyone know how many issues Yanick drew?
Am I alone in hoping that the new writer starts with issue 20 and is an up and coming British writer, possibly called Al?
Or is that simply hoping that lightening strikes twice in the DC Universe?
Zach: According to ComicBookDB, he drew #1-3, 5, 7-9, and 13-14 (out of 14) so far. I think at least one or two in the middle there were split duty with Marco Rudy.
I for one am glad to see Snyder go. He’s great on Batman but to the detriment of Swampy. I will miss Paquette though as his artwork became the real draw here. Looking forward to the new writer and hopefully much shorter and less overblown storylines!
“Even before we signed on to do Swampy, we both knew it would be a limited run”?! Thanks for not telling us back then!
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