What an incredible surprise this book was for me! I’ve never read a comic about Swamp Thing before, though I am familiar with his story. I was excited to see where Maggie Stiefvater took it.
Title: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches
Author: Maggie Stiefvater, Illustrator: Morgan Beem
Publisher: DC Ink
Release Date: October 13, 2020
Genres: YA Graphic Novel Contemporary
I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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.
This story is really short, but it packs a punch that left me with so many feelings at the end. The story is about twins Alex and Walker, but the majority of the page is spent with Alec. He’s very introverted, unlike his popular extroverted brother, and he prefers to spend time with his plants and experiments. I love his awkwardness and gentle nature. Most of all, I loved the relationship between the brothers—especially how it grows by the end of the story.
I’ll admit, the art took some getting used to for me. I didn’t think I’d like it, but it grew on me (pun totally intended). It shows a lot of the personality of the story in its quirky nature, and the color palette does amazing things for the atmosphere and mood of the book. The swamp creatures are by far the best part of the book. I could look at them forever.
- There’s an adorable little romance in this book that I was shipping! So cute!
This is such a unique and heartwarming story. I’d definitely recommend to fans of Stiefvater and those looking for something a little bit different.