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COMING 2019: A Violent Swamp Thing is Headed to the Small Screen

COMING 2019: A Violent Swamp Thing is Headed to the Small Screen

Derek Mears / Fair use doctrine.It’s been reported that Derek Mears will be playing the character Swamp thing for the exclusive DC comics TV series. The character Dr. Alec Holland hasn’t been cast yet, but other reported cast members are Crystal Reed (Gotham TV series, Teen Wolf TV series) as Abby Arcane and Maria Sten (Channel Zero TV series, Persuasion TV series) as Liz Tremayne. Derek is no stranger to horror films being in such films as Hatchet 3 (2013), Friday the 13th (2009), Predator (2018), plus James Wan is the executive producer and has said the film will be rated R for graphic violence. Just exactly how brutal will this be? Hard to tell but the production has a great cast behind it. Len Wiseman (Underworld, Lucifer) will direct the pilot episode. Filming begins this fall. Co-written by Gary Dauberman (IT chapters 1 and 2 and the upcoming third Annabelle film) as well as Mark Verheiden (Ash vs Evil Dead) Perhaps that answers the question on how brutal this will be.

Crystal Reed / Fair use doctrine.Maria Sten / Fair use doctrine.

This is a huge deal for not only comic fans of Swamp Thing, Constantine, The Walking Dead, and Locke and Key. This gives hope that the horror comics have a lot of stories to tell. There also giving a platform for the streaming services where not are they affordable but producing great shows that people binge in one day, one weekend developing a huge fan base with no restrictions towards violence, nudity, and language. Swamp Thing will premiere on a streaming service for DC slated for some time in 2019 another benefit is you can read the comics from their library. I would recommend reading Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Jeff Lemire, and Scott Snyder because at this rate if we’re getting Swamp Thing, we might be seeing other horror comics grace the small screen.

Swamp Thing the TV series is being produced by Atomic Monster and DC Universe.




By Nick Durham

It's not every day you read something like The Wake. I'm dead fucking serious: this comic is fucking nuts. Published by DC Comics' mature-readers imprint Vertigo (home of classic horror comic titles like Sandman, Preacher, and Hellblazer) over the course of ten issues, The Wake is written by Scott Snyder (known for his current prolific run on Batman) and drawn by Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus). If you're familiar with either Snyder or Murphy's work, you already know you're going to be in for something special.

The story of The Wake fuses science fiction and horror through the course of three time periods. The main element of the story involves a team being assembled and sent to investigate something very mysterious (and monstrous) and strange that has ben discovered at the bottom of the ocean. In terms of the comic's story, that's all I really want to spill. Believe me when I say that you have to read this to believe it. All I will say is that by the time you get halfway through this series, it catapults into an unforeseen direction of manic madness that you will not see coming...and yet somehow, it still manages to work as a glorious amalgamation of the best elements of sci-fi and horror.

Scott Snyder's twist script is only accentuated by the artwork of industry vet Sean Murphy. Murphy's line-work ranges from quiet and stark to wonderfully over the top and nigh-cinematic. When the The Wake presents big action set-pieces, it's Murphy who brings them to life, and they are a sight to behold. Throughout his work over the years, Murphy's work has usually always been dynamic, and here he goes above and beyond.

If there's any drawbacks to The Wake, it's that it feels too short. Snyder tells an epic horror story and turns it into something else entirely, but it often feels like there's bits missing that shouldn't be. It's nothing major in the least though, and it doesn't detract from the overall product thankfully.

So yeah, if you're into horror/sci-fi comics, you have to read The Wake. It's unlikely you'll read anything like it in modern, mainstream comics today, and this is without a doubt the best thing I've read from Vertigo in the past few years. There's a reason this book won an Eisner Award (basically the Oscar's of comic books) and has become revered within the comic community. Do yourself a favor and go pick up the trade paperback. You'll be glad that you did.

Rating: 5/5


COMIC REVIEW: Hellblazer

COMIC REVIEW: Hellblazer

Why You Should Read Hellblazer


By Nick Durham

I love comic books, always have and always will. That being said, there was a time in my adolescence where I had grown tired of the typical superhero fare to come from Marvel and DC. In all honesty, I had just grown plain old bored. At that time in my youth, I had mistakenly figured that that was all there was in terms of comics: dudes in spandex punching each other out...because reasons.  Then something happened...I discovered Vertigo Comics.

Vertigo Comics is the mature-labeled imprint of DC Comics, specializing in much more graphic and nasty storytelling than their mainstream brethren would. Among my initial discoveries from Vertigo were classic titles like Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Garth Ennis' Preacher; both of which are legendary comics in their own right...but the very first Vertigo book I ever laid eyes on was something called Hellblazer. Hellblazer revolved around the chain-smoking, wise-cracking Brit, John Constantine. Constantine deals in black magic and bad luck by trade, often finding himself in the middle of plots involving demonic possession, serial killers, and other sorts of general nastiness. In his travels he has managed to cross (and literally flip off) Satan himself, gotten lung cancer, used his friends and loved ones as pawns in his various plots, and has managed to piss off nearly everyone that has come in his path...

...John Constantine is my fucking spirit animal.

Originally introduced in the pages of Alan Moore's legendary run on Swamp Thing in 1985, Constantine became an almost instantly loved character. He was given his own series with Hellblazer in the beginning of 1988, with writer Jamie Delano fleshing out the character's complicated backstory. Hellblazer would run for 300 issues before concluding in 2013 (and subsequently relaunched as just Constantine as part of DC Comics' company-wide relaunch of their shared universe). Throughout the decades, a variety of well-known and well-revered writers, including Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, Brian Azzarello, Mike Carey, Peter Milligan, and plenty more besides, have tackled the title and character, and have crafted some truly amazing and horrific stories.

If I could recommend any Hellblazer to check out, I'd recommend Original Sins first. This collects the first dozen or so issues of the series, and really crafts John's background and his nature of occasionally doing good deeds by doing bad things...and the fallout that follows. DC/Vertigo has started reprinting a number of the collected works and still releases them sporadically, so this is the easiest one to pick up first. After that, I recommend tracking down the Dangerous Habits (which was more or less the basis for that Keanu Reeves-starring abortion of an adaptation from 2005), Haunted, and Hard Time. These are all essential Hellblazer stories (at least to me) and deserve your time and attention.

So, whether you only know about the character of John Constantine from the aforementioned Keanu Reeves shitfest, or the dreadfully underrated TV show from last year, and you want more of him; please do yourself a favor and check out Hellblazer. It is without a doubt one of the greatest long-running series' ever put to paper, and remains one of the best horror comics of the modern era. Thank me later.