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‘Swamp Thing: Twin Branches’: Cover, synopsis for Maggie Stiefvater’s new graphic novel

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Check out our exclusive cover reveal of Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater, plus a peek at the absolutely stunning interior artwork of artist Morgan Beem!

Swamp Thing first made his debut in 1972 and has since remained one of DC Comics most criminally underrated superheroes. The giant, vine-covered humanoid superhero may look like a horror movie monster, but is a misunderstood, (mostly) gentle giant fighting to protect the swamp he calls his home, the environment in general, and humanity from various supernatural or terrorist threats.

However, after decades of flying under the radar, it looks like everyone’s favorite plant elemental is finally getting his due. Swamp Thing recently starred in a (gone too soon) live-action show on DC Universe, is integral to the team in the current comics run of Justice League Dark , and now takes on a starring role in the upcoming Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem YA graphic novel, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches.

Maggie Stiefvater re-imagines the story of Alec Holland and his transformation into Swamp Thing, giving us a gripping story of about the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

“Nature and humanity,” Stiefvater explains, “have always had this difficult and fascinating relationship, equal parts longing and logic and misunderstanding and projection, and I thought a reinvention of Swamp Thing would be an incredibly satisfying way to explore how hard complex relationships are as we learn who we are and what we need.”

Check out the absolutely gorgeous cover for Swamp Thing: Twin Branches and the official synopsis, as well as an exclusive look at some of the stunning interior artwork from artist Morgan Beem, followed by the release date and a pre-order link at the bottom.

‘Swamp Thing: Twin Branches’ cover reveal

Swamp Thing Twin Branches cover

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.

‘Swamp Thing: Twin Branches’ interior artwork

Artist Morgan Beem says that she “wanted to showcase something that really showed the full range of our character’s feelings and struggles as a young human, and at the same time had a creepy, monstrous underbelly. I wanted our creature to be as much nightmarish monster as young person striving to find their place.”

Author Maggie Stiefvater echoes that approach, saying that “it was fun to see Morgan’s art grow wilder and more unsettling as the story desperately dug into the dirt and reached for the sun.”

Check out the artwork below!

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches written by Maggie Stiefvater and illustrated by Morgan Beemby hits store shelves on October 13, 2020. Pre-order it now from DC Comics!

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