@TomKingTK I really enjoyed this week's Batman issue. I hope you get to do a Swamp Thing mini or maybe an ongoing at some point.
— Uncrazzamatic (@Uncrazzamatic) May 17, 2017
@TomKingTK Your issue of Batman today was lovely. I love how you write Swamp Thing. Thanks for a compelling read!
— cassie (@destroysdrax) May 17, 2017
Well, it seems that way. Batman #23 by the Sheriff Of Babylon team Tom King and Mitch Gerards really isn’t a Batman story. It’s certainly not a superhero story.
Instead, it goes back to the horror morality tales of EC Comics, from which Swamp Thing was inspired and the 1970s DC horror titles of which Swamp Thing was a part.
The line between good guy and bad guy is blurred, revenge is enacted without moral imperative, and the core of a character is exposed. There is justice, there is betrayal and there is a really gory scene.
In it, we find a new voice for Swamp Thing, one that is lyrical and poetic, and a very human emotion hidden underneath the many layers of muck… And more calls for Tom King to write a Swamp Thing series doing more of this. With Mitch for preference.
Scott Snyder and Charles Soule wrote the series for the New 52… as well as both writing Batman comics. Could this be a natural next step for where the Swamp Thing is reborn for Rebirth?
Batman #23 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads is published today by DC Comics.