Now that the all-prevailing love and goodwill of the gift-giving, family get-together season is just about behind us, we can turn our attention back to wide-eyed hope for the new year.
If that naïve optimism immediately gets chucked to the wastebasket at the sight of the first FOX or CNN news ticker you see, you’re not alone.
Whether it’s the Omicron variant or climate change, gas prices or vegetable-cost hikes, restaurants or gym closures, supply chain or film delays in your most eagerly anticipated pop culture love affair, 2022 is surely the end of days.
I mean, it is, isn’t it?
Well, maybe. But for us horror fans, the best prepared for the coming apocalypse, at least we’d still have the first issue of the new Swamp Thing: Green Hell miniseries to experience!
Published by DC Comics courtesy of their darker, more mature and (probably) out of continuity Black Label imprint, written by Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Sweet Tooth, Joker: Killer Smile, The Questions: The many Deaths of Vic Sage, Descender) and darkly illustrated by the incomparable fan and critical favourite, Doug Mahnke (Green Lantern, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Justice League: Elite, Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein), Swamp Thing: Green Hell is a three-issue oversized prestige miniseries that takes place in our post-apocalyptic future.
And it’s perfect reading to ring out the past year and usher in a new one, however long it may last.
Earth is all but done and the grouping of humanity that is left inhabits a forested island adrift atop a flooded globe. The Parliaments of Green and Red (the prevailing elementals of all plant and animal life), along with the Rot (the force of decay that would see the other two eliminated) now see fit to wipe the entire world clean and start from a fresh slate. Together, they have summoned a monstrous avatar to do the job of ridding Earth of everything once held dear.
And the only entity that could possibly stand in the way of these horrific machinations is the man named Alec Holland, and the creature he once was. Alas, Alec has been dead for decades!
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 and take a turn towards an entertaining horror that leaps off the comic book page, making you cower under bed sheets, thankful that humanity still only has a pandemic to deal with.
Among all of our other prevalent issues.