One of the hallmarks of Swamp Thing’s look is the distinctive root-ridge over his nose. The red eyes also convey the mixture of magic and menace. The character debuted in DC’s House of Secrets #92 in 1971 in a story by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson. From there, a mythology was born in the pages of Swamp Thing from 1972-1976. Employing horror, sci-fi, and high melodrama, Wein and Wrightson’s series became a massive hit. Alan Moore eventually took over writing duties in 1984 and the comic, Saga of the Swamp Thing, brought in elements of magic and cosmicism as well.
We can only hope Wan’s series will be able to weave all of those elements together in a satisfying 10-episode arc. Joining Mears in the cast is Andy Bean as Alec Holland, the scientist who becomes Swamp Thing. Other prominent comic characters Abby Arcane, Matt Cable, Dr. Jason Woodrue, and Avery Sunderland will be played by Crystal Reed, Henderson Wade, Kevin Durand, and Will Patton, respectively.
It’s at least good to know the series will happen, even if it’s short-lived.