Before Len Wein passed, he was working on a brand new Swamp Thing series with acclaimed artist, Kelley Jones. Together, the two had previously created an excellent mini-series for Alec Holland in 2016. Entertainment Weekly reports that Wein finished the script for his #1 issue. With art by Kelley Jones, the story will be featured alongside Tom King and Jason Fabok’s own story.
The story has been confirmed by the artists themselves. Jason Fabok took to Instagram to post a few images from the series. The first preview is a glorious profile of the Avatar of the Green.
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Today it was officially announced: I will be teaming up with writer @tomking_tk for a 40 page Swamp Thing special. This issue will also include the last Swamp Thing story written by Mr Len Wein before he passed away and will be drawn by the legendary Kelley Jones! Check out this interview at EW.com for more info: http://ew.com/books/2017/10/13/new-swamp-thing-special-to-feature-posthumous-story-from-co-creator-len-wein/ #dccomics #swampthing #comics #art
An intricate design that lives up to Fabok’s incredible reputation. While the unfortunate truth is that there will no longer be a series coming from the character’s creator, Len Wein, there will be the first installment of what could have been. Wein was one of the most influential writers and editors in comic book history. The fact that DC and Jones are making a point of fulfilling his last work is a testament to his relationship with the company.
A First Look
That’s not the only surprise Fabok had in store. Later, he posted a sample page from the series. Once again, the successful artist spoke through his Instagram page.
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#swampthing preview page from the EW article. I'm having a blast drawing this issue. I've never drawn a book where I've had so much fun and looked forward to drawing every panel. I'm also exploring different types of environments and how to approach them in the snow. It makes the backgrounds go a bit quicker but you have to think a bit more as to where the snow builds up. Luckily after living through 32 Canadian winters I've had lots of experience as to how snow looks and works. I also create a layer on top of the art and use my custom snow brush in Manga studio to add layers of. Losing snow. #art #comics #dccomics
It’s a small snippet but it’s already shaping up to be an incredible comic! This is the second collaboration between King and Fabok, the first being “The Button” crossover series in Batman and The Flash. Len Wein’s script has talented company in the upcoming special. His recent work on Convergence gave him a bit of a rebirth of his own at DC. What began as a couple of issues for the large cross-over became a 6 issue mini-series as well as the the one that was left unfinished.
What is sad and unfortunate is that Wein had planned to continue crafting great stories to entertain us readers. Though they won’t be realized in their entirety, the legendary writer’s words will grace the pages one last time.
With the continuing success of DC’s talented artists, Len Wein seems to have left his characters in good hands.