Swamp Thing reimagined as Swamp Kid in new book

DC Zoom, the new imprint for young readers, is taking Swamp Thing into a frightening new realm: High school.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is an upcoming book from Kirk Scroggs that will tell the story of Russell Weinwright – an homage to Swamp Thing creator Len Wein – a teenager who is a Swamp Thing himself. And, as the title implies, it comes in the form of a spiral notebook with the story being told via doodles throughout the book.

“I knew I wanted to base it on the kid, have it from the kid’s perspective from the get-go,” Scroggs told The Hollywood Reporter recently. “I knew I wanted it to be in the format that it’s in, I wanted it to look like a kid’s actual spiral notebook, like it’s coming straight from the source. I thought it’d be kinda nice to see the real Swamp Thing as the mentor character, but really focus on the kid.”

Here’s the official blurb for the book.

Warning! Unless you have express permission from young Russell Weinwright to access his personal journal, do not read any further. This blurb is strictly off-limits! Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles in his spiral notebook; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not-so-great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, webbed toes, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell’s favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm.

In this notebook, Russell details, in both hilarious text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it’s like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher), and to find humor in the everyday weird.

This is The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you’ll never look at the bayou the same way again.

The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid is due for release on Oct. 1, 2019.


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