Fan will be rushing to pick Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 next January for Len Wein's final story featuring his co-creation at DC Comics, but the book will also be rounded out by a new one-shot from writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok. Described by both as a passion project, the bleak story revolves around a decaying Swamp Thing struggling to survive with a lost boy in the frozen tundra, focusing on the theme of hopelessness.
"This is not a story about hope. This is a story about anxiety. This is like when you go to the movies to see It. You’re not going for the romance and the laughs and the friendship," King said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "You’re going to get close to the darkness so that when you come out you can smile at the light. So, that’s what I want them to get from it. I want them to be cold enough that when they put it down, their house feels warm and it feels like a relief."
Fabok described the project as "a psychological horror story." He added, “I think that this story can be one of the best single issues I ever work on in my career. It’s something totally different than anything I’ve ever done before. The last couple of years, everything I’ve been drawing has been big superhero action, world-ending things, and heroes beating up villains, and this is the opposite."
The duo previously worked on the Batman-Flash crossover The Button and indicated they were honored to pay tribute to Wein, who died in September, and co-creator Bernie Wrightson. "We want them to be proud of the work that we’ve done on this story. We want to present a classic Swamp Thing tale that people are going to love, and we also want to introduce the character to maybe a new generation of readers who’ve never seen Swamp Thing," Fabok said on their 40-page-plus story which goes on sale January 31, 2018.
The official summary reads:
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, square-bound 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 dead world, Swamp Thing struggles to fight for their lives and deliver the boy to safety. Disoriented and decaying, Swamp Thing’s fading understanding of his surroundings forces the duo to confront their desperation and uncover the true identity of the snow monster that hunts them.