Before he passed away in September, Swamp Thing co-creator Len Wein was working with Kelley Jones on a follow-up to their 2016 miniseries featuring Alec Holland’s alter ego. Although the miniseries will never be finished, Entertainment Weekly reports that the first issue will appear in Swamp Thing Winter Special #1, with other stories.
“[Wein’s] major plan was pretty much 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,” Jones told EW. “His main thing was to stress that Alec was turned into Swamp Thing. He really wanted to stress that again. He felt that there was a lot of story potential in that.”
The special will present the story in both its original script form with art by Jones. It will also include story by writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok, featuring Swamp Thing trying to keep a boy alive in the frozen tundra.
“This is not a story about hope. This is a story about anxiety,” King told EW. “This is like when you go to the movies to see IT. You’re not going for the romance and the laughs and the friendship. 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.”
Check out artwork from the project on EW’s website.