Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Writer: Tom King, Len Wein Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $7.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 27
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Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a strange, frozen tundra. In this touching and harrowing tale of survival, the pair must navigate countless threats throughout a bewildering terrain-with a bloodthirsty snow monster hot on their heels. But how long can they rely on each other? Separated from the Green and stripped of his powers in this more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Feb 9, 2018

    If you're any kind of Swamp Thing fan or enjoyed any of Wein's work over the years (and if you're any kind of comic reader, you SHOULD have, even if you didn't know it), you should check this book out for that reason alone. Read Full Review

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    The GCRN - Dan Clark Feb 9, 2018

    They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Makes me wonder what is the sincerest form of respect. Whatever it may be both are represented in this issue. An homage to comic legends done by some of todays best comic creators. It is more than just a great comic because the level of care makes it apparent the admiration these creators had for Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein goes beyond their work and to who there were as people. We may be only two months into the year but I find it unlikely we will get a better single issue than this. Read Full Review

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    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Feb 7, 2018

    Winter is the cruelest season, but the Swamp Thing Winter Special never lets the cold slow it down as it eulogizes Swampy's creators the best way it knows how; with a one-shot that perfectly encapsulates the character's artistry, horror, and emotion. Though the void left by the loss of Wein and Wrightson is a big one, Tom King, Jason Fabok, and Brad Anderson do the swamp and its keepers proud with a truly superb one-shot. Read Full Review

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    Horror Talk - James Ferguson Feb 17, 2018

    This opening story is dedicated to the creators of Swamp Thing, Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, both of whom passed away last year. The second half of this oversized issue contains one of the last stories Wein created for Swamp Thing for a new mini-series launch. The completed artwork by Kelly Jones and colorist Michelle Madsen is presented without lettering. It's followed by Wein's actual script. Even without text, it is an interesting comic to read through and it's a nice addition to this book. It's unfortunate that we won't see this play out, but it's a great tribute to the late, great Wein and his amazing work. Read Full Review

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    AiPT! - Matt Funk Feb 7, 2018

    Both a moving tribute to Swamp Thing's legendary creators, and a beautifully illustrated, meditative fable about the character. Read Full Review

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    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman Feb 6, 2018

    The Swamp Thing Winter Special is an emotional story reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, that redefines what comic books are, and ultimately, what they can be; this story of survival acts as an amazing tribute to Swamp Thing and his creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing Winter Special (2018) #1 is an absolute must-read. Read Full Review

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    Comic Watch - Eric Brown Feb 13, 2018

    2017 was a rough year for Swamp Thing fans. To lose Bernie Wrightson and Len Wein in the same year was hard. This Winter Special is the core of what makes Swamp Thing work, and what has kept this shambling moss monster in people's minds and hearts since 1971. I loved every bit of it, and I'm sure somewhere in the Green, Bernie and Len are smiling Thank you, Tom King,, Jason Fabok, and of course Kelley Jones. Read Full Review

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    You Don't Read Comics - Rick Lopez Feb 7, 2018

    The Swamp Thing Winter Special is a monument to the late creators and their legacy while displaying the newer talents of King, Fabok, and Jones. Eighty pages has never felt so short as it leaves the reader wanting an ongoing series that isn't coming. Truly bittersweet, this special is not one to go under the radar. Master class comics at it's finest. Read Full Review

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    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 7, 2018

    The Swamp Thing Winter Special is a real treat to anyone who is a fan of this character. A beautiful tribute to the creator of this character and a reminder that creators can get the most amazing stories out of characters like this with the right approach. This story was a real tear-jerker. It felt impossible not to get sentimental about this which it takes a lot for a readers such as myself. Read Full Review

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    Comicosity - Londyn Jackson Feb 7, 2018

    The end to this special issue is a dedication to both Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, reminding the readers the best way to remember the icons we lost is to celebrate the contributions to the American comic book. This tribute issue is all about passion, loss and remembrance encompassed in some amazing stories and illustrations. Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 is not just a must have for fans of Swamp Thing but fans of the DC Universe, Weins outstanding writing and Wrightsons haunting artwork. Read Full Review

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    DC Comics News - Jay Feb 10, 2018

    In spite of some notable flaws, both stories bring out the best in the character and honor the legacy left by one of comics most brilliant writers gone too soon. I sincerely wouldve loved to have read that miniseries. Thank you, Len, for Swamp Thing, for Wolverine, for your run on The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, and every relevant title for both Marvel and for DC. You will not be forgotten and can never be replaced. Your legacy, and especially a certain muck-encrusted mockery of a man, is left in capable hands. Read Full Review

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    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Feb 10, 2018

    Not only are we treated to Fabok's art on the main Tom King story, we also get a second story that was the planned first issue of the continuation of Len Wein and Kelley Jones' Swamp Thing mini series from last year that was started prior to Wein's unfortunate passing away. There is a foreword to the story that explains why there's no dialogue and I completely understand why it was done this way, at the same time, I think the story suffers for it. Jones' art is of course beautiful and haunting and he has such a creative way of detailing Swamp Thing's powers and although the story didn't connect with me, I'm glad that DC chose to publish it. Overall, this is a must read and a fitting tribute to Wein and makes me wish for a Swamp Thing ongoing. Read this book! Read Full Review

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    Comicsverse - Brandon Bloxdorf Feb 8, 2018

    SWAMP THING is known for its deeper meanings, and Tom King hits it in all the right places. Compelling, heartfelt and thoughtful, he composed a beautiful story. Seeing the last plotted story by Len Wein will make you appreciate the Green so much more. Read Full Review

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    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 8, 2018

    The Swamp Thing Winter Special is a beautiful love letter to both Swamp Thing and the creators, Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It's a shame the story at the end could never be finished, but this book is gorgeous nonetheless. This comic is absolutely wonderful, and I highly recommend it, even at the eight-dollar price tag. Give it a read. Read Full Review

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    GWW - Ray Hancock Feb 7, 2018

    If you are a fan of Len Wein, Swamp Thing, or Tom King, you are definitely going to want to pick this book up. It is a great tribute, and an all around wonderful story with beautiful art. Read Full Review

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    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 7, 2018

    Swamp Thing fans likely won't blink at the $8 price tag for this 81-page special. Yes, it's not cheap, but even for folks who don't consider themselves avid fans, this is well worth picking up. Read Full Review

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    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Feb 7, 2018

    Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 is a bold, disturbing and ultimately haunting allegory about humanity's relationship to the planet, and the creative team nails every moment. The special even gives us a final tribute to the recently-departed co-creator of Swamp thing, Len Wein, by printing his final story of the character in its purest form. But the best part of the Special is writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok's masterful, haunting, allegorical horror story. The result is that Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 is a triumph, an affecting and engrossing read from cover to cover. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Feb 7, 2018

    At the end of the day, if youre a Swamp Thing fan this should be viewed an absolutely essential purchase, as both King and Fabok show a great level of affinity and passion for the iconic character. The Wein strip feels a little hollower, even if its always a treat to see Kelley Jones artwork, although there may be an aspect of grief and frustration thats stopping me from fully investing in the story. Either way, lets hope this Winter Special does well enough to spark some line-wide interest in Swamp Thing, as theres simply too much potential in the character for him to be relegated to a series of fleeting cameos. Read Full Review

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    Comics: The Gathering - stephengervais Feb 7, 2018

    This was a wonderful issue with some great storytelling and stunning artwork to match. I come into it a long time Swamp Thing fan but I think a new fan would get much enjoyment out of the story. In fact, I think it would push them to want to learn more and go grab some older trades. This issue filled an emptiness since New 52 Swamp Thing was last on the racks. Read Full Review

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    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 8, 2018

    This issue may be pricey, but it's a must-read for fans of Swamp Thing. Read Full Review

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    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Feb 7, 2018

    This book has a lot riding on it. Firstly its a chance to re-integrate the character into the Rebirth universe, regardless of how he fits better in Vertigo or even Young Animal. Secondly, it gives long-term fans a chance to say good-bye to the great Len Wein. Read Full Review

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    Multiversity Comics - Elias Rosner Feb 9, 2018

    I cannot, in good conscience give this a 9.0 or higher due to the incomplete nature of the second story and the narrative flaws of the first. However, this is a special that made me WANT to reread it, not out of confusion but just to take in the storytelling. Do with that what you will. Read Full Review

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    Word Of The Nerd - Joshua Page Feb 8, 2018

    Swamp Thing: Winter Special #1 is a bittersweet, nostalgic treat for both new and old fans of Len Wein and Swamp Thing. The Winter Special offers something new and special in its own way. King's story and Fabok's art pay homage to both Wein and Bernie Wrightson in the best way possible. King created a somber story that reflects the impact that Wrightson and Wein's deaths have on the comic industry. However, King's story includes images of what readers should remember Wrightson and Wein brought to the industry: life! Read Full Review

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    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Feb 7, 2018

    Overall, I put Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 into two categories. If you are a fan of the character and have a love of the history of not only Swamp Thing, but of comics in general, then this issue is a must buy and keep. It perfectly represents the character and the mystique of what Swamp Thing is all about, especially if you have dug back and read the original stories of Wein and Wrightson. For a casual Swamp Thing fan or someone new to the character, I feel that the issue holds up, but will not carry near the same weight or nostalgia for someone who is or has been involved in the character through the years. Putting the two together on an aggregate, Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 misses out on perfection but isn't too bad at all. Read Full Review

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    Batman-News - Jay Yaws Feb 8, 2018

    Two very different stories that are both pretty good. Any amount of Swamp Thing is great, so getting two new stories in one volume is a treat. The King/Fabok half has lofty ambitions that aren't quite realized, but it's gorgeous and fascinating just the same. Wein reuniting with Kelley Jones is a different affair, with a fairly standard story idea that resonates more due to the unfulfilled promise of a bright future with the character. Swamp Thing Winter Special is a little messy and unkempt, but ultimately lovable, just like Swamp Thing himself. Read Full Review

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    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Feb 8, 2018

    Considering that fully half of this book is devoted to the second tale, that really drags down the overall book. I know I would have loved a normal length story, edited down from King and Faboks tale, more than the volume we are presented with. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Doom Rocket - Brendan F. Hodgdon Feb 12, 2018

    I'm not going to lie; trying to wrap my head around this issue after only a couple of reads was a little harder than I expected. And I could see the detatched and philosophical tone being off-putting to some, especially without the added context that some of Tom King's longer works provide. But there's no denying that the Swamp Thing Winter Special will get inside your head, and that it really summarizes the spirit of Wein & Wrightson's love child in typically tragic fashion. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Feb 7, 2018

    A strange grab-bag of Swamp Thing stories, the first being thematically familiar to fans of Tom King and the second being interesting only to fans of Len Wein and Kelley Jones (who are not bad people to be fans of, mind you.) Not an entirely inoffensive comic, though I'd be curious to know why it exists. Read Full Review

  • 10
    blackmanta221 Feb 7, 2018

    Without sounding too melodramatic, "The Talk of Saints," the story which makes up a bulk of this monster of a comic book (no pun intended), is one of the greatest comic stories i've read. On top of a moving, engrossing story, breathtaking art, and master-crafted production design, this story really blew me away in every regard. 2 scenes in particular, one which I just can't talk about here, made me feel something no book ever has before. Despite the big reveal at the end being a little *too* obvious, it was still effective and drove the theme of the story home.

    However, I can't just talk about the main story. Len Wein's final, unfinished work is also included in here, and although it does come off as just another Swamp Thing tale, it is still gut-wrenching to see Wein's final work as is. Only makes me wonder what would have happened had he finished it. I highly recommend this book not only to fans of Swamp Thing, but to those who love comics as a medium, and wish to remember one of the industry's greatest writers.

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    NewComicguy Feb 8, 2018

    It's a great tribute for both Len and Bernie who both ironicly,were born in the same year (1948) and pretty much both died last year.The story is great,basicly Swamp Thing and a kid walk though the snow,from a snow monster.That's the basic premise that the comic wants you to believe.The writing is great.It's always great to see Tom King honoring this old creators.You can tell that he loves them and respects all this legends and it's pretty much is in his style (Alan Moore,Frank Miller,etc.) and it's great.Jason Fabok's art is great the way he draws the falling snow it's chilling.

    After this we get a well written note by the editor.Who worked with Len on his last book.She talks,about a piano that Len had,and it's pretty much is this her reasoning.Why there isn't text in this final story.Then we get the book and the plot,but not a lettering script.The book is another Swamp Thing story,but it makes you wonder about the finished book.
    All in all I recommend this book.This book is necessary for every Swamp Thing fan out there.I am not a fan,but this book made me one,or at least made me really interested.

  • 9.0
    Nihilist Feb 7, 2018

    Both Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, creators of Swamp Thing, returned to The Green. Winter Special is truly special, not only as a story, but as a farewell. And you can believe me - it's magnificent as both.
    Issue focuses on Swamp Thing trying to save a little boy he has met in the frozen woods. They travel together, exchanging their opinions about what does it mean to be a monster or a hero - theme that drives the narrative, and eventually finds a conclusion at the end.
    It's a bittersweet tale, and one that feel organic - none of the scenes feel forced or out of place. Once it starts, it slowly but surely unravels, keeping the reader involved, emphatizing with two main characters. Truly beautiful.

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  • 9.0
    Dispatchdcu Feb 8, 2018

    This character is perfect for Tom King. Don't get me wrong; I love his take on Batman but Swamp Thing is perfect for King!


    The football connection... King keeps bringing this football guy back into his books repeatedly. This QB is in his Batman series here and there too! Nice touch... and GO BIRDS SUPER BOWL 52 CHAMPS!!!! Took down the GOAT....


    The ending was great. I didn't see it coming. Heck even the frost bite part was out of no where. And the way Swamp Thing basically told the bear he'd come back for him to welcome him to the green and guide him... amazing!

    Again, great ending and great twist, don't want to spoil it if you haven't read it. But you should.

    The back up by Wein was also a nice touch. I honestly haven't read much Swamp Thing to compare it to but you should definitely pick it up

    If you like what you heard, love talking comics, and are interested in joining a DC book club, hit me up at dispatchdcu@gmail.com. Catch you all later! Peace

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    Supes' soups Feb 10, 2018

    Why Swamp Thing still doesn't have a solo title in the Rebirth era is beyond me...

  • 9.5
    bucswin611 Feb 7, 2018

    Emotionally evocative and clever story-telling from Tom King. Emotionally evocative and a clever story-telling approach from Editorial in an effort to not step on Len Wein's toes but still communicate his vision for his next Swamp Thing saga. We're lucky to have this book available to us - it's what comics are all about!

  • 9.5
    GL Mike Feb 11, 2018

    This is just a great issue all around. The artwork by Fabok is absolutely amazing. The main story is not action packed and it's not intended to be. It's classic psychological Swamp Thing at it's best. I loved the tribute art and final script By Wein. The ONLY reason I'm not giving it a "10" is the price tag. At $7.99 cover it doesn't come cheap.

  • 9.0
    Steve C Feb 10, 2018

    Tom King is terrific and I love Fabok’s art. I just feel it lacked that “punch”. The twist at the end was good, but I felt it lacked something. Not sure what.

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