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As he approaches his 40th birthday this summer, the Swamp Thing is trudging back into the DC Universe — for what DC dubs an “epic finale” in No. 23
The Swamp Thing, of course, is walking vegetation with so many incarnations. We foolishly believed that it was scientist Alec Holland who turned plant elemental — that the scaly creature was a plant/human hybrid — until Alan Moore enlightened us in the ’80s about origins rooted in the ancient Parliament of Trees.
Writes DC’s David Hyde: “It is this same Parliament of Trees that The Elementals must now protect in Brightest Day.”
The bayou beast has been a verdant Vertigo-imprint creature since 1997, when he exited DCU proper. He debuted in 1971 in House of Secrets (No. 92) by writer Len Wien and that horror artist of renown, Berni Wrightson.