Capullo announced the book on his Twitter this morning, noting it will be out on Oct. 7. The book was first hinted at last month in a story from the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, a local paper that covers all things Walmart given its proximity to its corporate headquarters. That story also noted that this joint collaboration between publisher and retailer will continue expanding with a Walmart DC holiday special coming Nov. 11 and a new Flash comic to join the other superhero titles in February. Those other books will presumably have new original content as well, with creators to be announced as they get closer.
But forget about those books! Let’s talk about this Swamp Thing special. Perhaps the most notable thing about it (aside from the new stuff) is that the cover, which Capullo shared, teases a reprint of Night of the Reaper, a story from 1971’s Batman #237 by seminal Batman creators writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams. Makes me wonder what we’ll get for the presumably Christmas-themed special coming next month. I’ve so far resisted hunting down a Walmart to search out these exclusive comics, but this might be the straw that breaks the scarecrow’s back (sorry).