DC Comics have yet another YA graphic novel in the pipeline, coming this fall. This time round it’s the turn of Swamp Thing to be re-imagined for a younger readership in Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater with illustrations by Morgan Beem. Expect another ‘coming-of-age’ story with a de-aged Alec Holland (relatability, see) and, I have no doubt, a strong environmental message too. All this and we get to meet Alec’s twin too. Wait… what now?
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.
Here’s your first look at the graphic novel now, with a far more hip Alec than we’ve ever seen.
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches will be available October 13, 2020, but is up for pre-order now.