Scott Snyder does not slither lightly into the Swamp.
The star writer for DC Comics can summon horror from the seafloor, having written the chilling resurrection from a watery grave in his hit “American Vampire” series. Now, it’s with respect for the history of the Swamp Thing that he’s wading into “first-issue” waters, inheriting the scaly creature that such legends as Alan Moore have navigated before. As part of its continuing rollout of announcements, DC Comics said yesterday that Snyder has been tabbed for September’s renumbered Swamp Thing, teaming him with artist Yanick Paquette.
“I would never ever take on this series lightly,” Snyder tells Comic Riffs on Tuesday, hours after the announcement. “Moore's Swamp Thing is a masterpiece and I would only take the series on if I had a take that honored everything that came before — keeping it part of the character's past, not erasing anything — and moved forward in a way I thought was compelling, different, and central to the core of the character.”
For Snyder, who earlier inherited DC’s Detective Comics, part of the passion comes from his deep appreciation for the character.
“This one is something I've been working on for a while, a labor of love,” Snyder tells ‘Riffs. “Besides Batman, Swamp Thing is my favorite character in comics — I've read every iteration, from Wein, Moore, Diggle, Dysart.”
DC Comics announced that it was embracing “its dark side” on the 40th anniversary (next month) of the Swamp Thing’s creation by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson. That means it’s incumbent upon Snyder to find ways to embrace four decades of history while growing something fresh from the lagoon.
“This story will be something that takes Swamp Thing in a surprising direction, while honoring and acknowledging everything that came before,” Snyder assures. “That said, I could not be prouder of what we have put together. ... The story is close to my heart, explores the mythology of Swamp Thing, reveals new things, big secrets.”
As for his talented Swamp compadres, Snyder enthuses that he “couldn't be more excited.”
“Yanick (the main artist), Francesco Francavilla (on special fill-ins) and Nathan Fairbairn on colors — we couldn't have a better team."