DC Zoom Brings A Swamp Thing For A New Generation

by James Ferguson

DC Zoom, the new middle grade graphic novel line from DC Comics just got a little greener. The publisher has announced The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid, a new graphic novel from writer / illustrator Kick Scroggs, reimagining Swamp Thing as a middle school student named Russell Weinwright. Here’s the write-up from DC:

Warning! Unless you have express permission from Russell Weinwright to access his notebook, do not read any further. Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not so great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk for a right arm, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell’s favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.

In this notebook, Russell details in both hilarious text and color illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!) what it’s like to be different, to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher who may also be a mad scientist), and to find humor in the everyday weird.

I love the idea of this. It sits in the sweet spot between graphic novels, picture books, and prose, kind of like Captain Underpants so kids should love this. Since I have a six year old at home who is reading up a storm, I’m going to be all over this when it comes out.  Before fans freak out about a brand new Swamp Thing, don’t worry. Alec Holland is still around. DC Zoom comics are standalone stories and are not part of the overall DC continuity.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid will retail for $9.99 and is set for release on October 1st, 2019.

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