DC Comics has announced that writer Charles Soule will be stepping in as the lead writer for “Swamp Thing” after Scott Snyder exits the popular title after issue #18. Joining him on the new roster will be artist KANO, stepping in to take over illustration duties from Yanick Paquette. Fans already know that Soule has some pretty big shoes to fill as “Swamp Thing” became one of the best-selling titles among DC’s ‘New 52′ relaunch after Scott Snyder laid out the “Rotworld” storyline, which crossed over into Jeff Lemire’s equally popular “Animal Man” series.
According to DC, Soule will kick off his writing duties on the title immediately after Snyder and Lemire’s “Rotworld” wraps up with issue #18. Soule has hinted that he’ll be expanding the supporting cast for the series, which includes the introduction of a “thousand-year old assassin character.”
“Something very cool about ‘Swamp Thing’ that I think makes the book distinct from some other superhero titles is that it has a very thoroughly developed mythology that spans back to prehistoric times,” Soule told io9. “Avatars of the Green have existed as long as there has been plant life on Earth. Plus, Swampy’s powers are essentially infinite but also tightly defined – he can’t do anything that plants can’t do, and while plants can do plenty, there are also some strong limitations. I also like that Swamp Thing’s goal as an avatar of the Green isn’t necessarily to defeat or destroy – his job is to seek balance, which is cool. As a writer, all of that gives me a HUGE narrative toolbox to work with, which is inspiring. You can tell stories about some of the deepest philosophical questions mankind has ever considered, while still featuring a giant green leafy dude punching bad guys. It’s a blast!”
via [DC Comics]