When it comes to monsters in comic books, you don't get much bigger or more popular than Swamp Thing. DC is releasing their Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Special exclusively through Walmart this season and it features some great tales both old and new. My only complaint is that it's called a Swamp Thing special, but it also features creepy stories headed up by Superman, Batman, and more. However, I do think it's cool that Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson's first tale featuring their unforgettable creation is reprinted here for new readers to discover.
SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN HORROR SPECIAL PUTS THE SCARES INTO COMICS FANS AND WALMART SHOPPERS THIS OCTOBER
Horror-Themed One-Shot Spotlights Original SWAMP THING Story by Brian Azzarello and Greg Capullo, Plus Seven Spooky Tales from the DC Vault, Including Swamp Thing’s First Appearance in HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 and BATMAN #237’s “Night of the Reaper”
Fans of the Walmart 100-Page Giant comics will be treated to an extra dose of fright this Halloween, as DC’s line of successful anthology comics will now include a special horror-themed one-shot, SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN HORROR SPECIAL. This 100-page, $4.99 comic book includes an all-new story featuring the “Protector of the Green,” Swamp Thing.
“Hollow” is a 12-page story written by Brian Azzarello (BATMAN: DAMNED, THE DARK KNIGHT III: THE MASTER RACE), with art by fan-favorite artist Greg Capullo (DARK NIGHTS: METAL, BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH). Children can’t help but be curious about what lurks in the woods at the edge of town on Halloween night…and unfortunately for them, this group of trick-or-treaters has crossed paths with a mysterious witch who has her own tale to tell about where curiosity leads—directly into the path of the creature known only as Swamp Thing! Can they escape her clutches? Or is there something much worse out there that they should REALLY fear? For more information on Azzarello and Capullo’s approach to this new original story, check out this exclusive interview in today’s Washington Post.
This 100-Page Giant sells for $4.99 and includes several classic fright-filled stories from DC’s history, led by the iconic HOUSE OF SECRETS #92 from 1971, which features Swamp Thing’s very first appearance, written and drawn by co-creators Len Wein (writer) and Bernie Wrightson (artist). 1971’s “Night of the Reaper,” from BATMAN #237, features two more giants of superhero storytelling, writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams, telling a Halloween tale of revenge and the search for a Nazi war criminal.
2007’s DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL also contributes to this issue, with stories featuring DC heroes Superman (“Strange Cargo”), Blue Devil and Enchantress (“The Pumpkin Sinister”) and Zatanna (“Kcirt ro Taert”). The book also reprints a Batman tale from the 2008 DC INFINITE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, “The Ballad of Jonathan Crane,” as well as “Night Gods” from 2010’s THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, starring Aquaman and the Demon.
The SWAMP THING HALLOWEEN HORROR SPECIAL ships to stores today and should arrive in participating Walmart stores throughout North America by Sunday, October 7. To find your nearest Walmart location, check out the store finder page at www.walmart.com.