As per the EW article that broke the story and previewed several interior pages, Jones described his collaboration with Wein as a “straight horror title. He kept stressing that angle to me — that bringing up a lot of those DC horror characters was what would make the book more unique.” This story will pick up from Wein’s and Jones’ 2016 Swamp Thing miniseries which saw the avatar of The Green, a force that connects all plant life on Earth, reestablishing control over swamps in Louisiana. At the start of this new story, Solomon Grundy arrives in Swamp Thing’s domain with an infant he kidnapped from Gotham City, the Dark Knight close in tow.
Here’s some art from Wein’s and Jones’ story:
And then, in the Tom King and Jason Fabok tale, we see a much different Swamp Thing. He’s more haggard here, struggling to survive in a frozen tundra with a young lost boy under his wing.
According to King, “this is not a story about hope. This is a story about anxiety…You’re going to get close to the darkness so that when you come out you can smile at the light. So, that’s what I want them to get from it. I want them to be cold enough that when they put it down, their house feels warm and it feels like a relief.”
According to the EW piece, the King/Fabok tale will stretch more than 40 pages. Fabok considers the issue to be “one of the best single issues I’ve ever worked on in my career.” He also said that with this story, he and King “want to honor Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein, who we lost recently, with this story. We want them to be proud of the work that we’ve done on this story. We want to present a classic Swamp Thing tale that people are going to love, and we also want to introduce the character to maybe a new generation of readers who’ve never seen Swamp Thing.”
Here are preview pages from King’s and Fabok’s story:
Swamp Thing Winter Special releases January 31st, 2018.