Fans of the DC hero/misfit/walking metaphor Swamp Thing rallied around him on Twitter over the past day, tweeting about it so much that he briefly trended on the social media site, all while going in on what they love about the Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson created character. It all started from a prompt from comic scribe Alex de Campi (who won the ComicBook.com Golden Issue Award for Best Graphic Novel last year with the title Dracula, Motherf**ker!) asking the Twitter world what was so appealing about Swamp Thing, and the answers quickly came rolling in.
We've collected some of the responses that Swamp Thing fans posted about the character below, ranging from other notable comic book writers/artists and even just regular fans. What's clear from the many, many tweets though is that Swamp Thing, despite being a huge, green monster, is a character that many see themselves in and have a ton of empathy for. Whether it's the Alan Moore/Stephen Bissette/Rick Veitch classic Saga of the Swamp Thing, the short-lived DC Universe TV series, the New 52 reboot of the title, or the most recent take on the material, people can't get enough of Swamp Thing, as you can see below.
Horror, psychedelia, non-glamorous characters, plants, animals and water instead of buildings and vehicles, and a main character where you get to play ever-changing variations on the core design rather than having to stay on model panel after panel, issue after issue.— Steve Lieber (@steve_lieber) September 15, 2021
first exposures to horror comics
For me, Swamp Thing was one of my first exposures to horror comics. At various times his book was one of the few easily available Big 2 non-superhero monthly books.— Tim Seeley (@HackinTimSeeley) September 15, 2021
He can be about anything
swamp thing can be the tragic monster fighting the other tragic monster, he can be the shadows in the tall grass, he can be a god, he can be a legacy, he can be about anything. he doesn't even have to look the same panel-to-panel, like warlock from the x-men— abundant grace will restore me (@subtlalienvibes) September 16, 2021
We just wanna be him
Guys and Swamp Thing.We just wanna be him and be all swampy and gross.— Jamie McGregor (@mongsterr) September 16, 2021
Seriously, I love Swamp Thing
All joking aside, Swamp Thing rules. Nothing wrong with enjoying a character that wants to largely live alone, be literally one with nature, and is generally beyond grumpy when they have to actually interact with people.
Seriously, I love Swamp Thing. https://t.co/3hSBNaqHUW— Kurkthulu: Internet Trash Magician (@Kurkthulu) September 16, 2021
A tragic monster
And rather than Swamp Thing wreaking vengeance on humanity for his fate, he learns and discovers how to adapt in his new identity, which leads to a new literal and metaphorical second chance at life for him, it asks the question "How would you handle no longer being human?"— Zach - Commissions Open! (@Zoddman) September 16, 2021
He's a giving lover
Swamp Thing, unlike Batman, is a giving lover pic.twitter.com/lRfaEp0mqT— Collier “CJ” Jennings (@CJWritesThings) September 16, 2021
Peep that art tho
I shouldn’t engage in swamp thing discourse. I mostly just want to see more comics where the art does a lot of the walking in the storytelling pic.twitter.com/hNQT6kqQ8Q— Killjoy McCoy (@letsgoayo) September 16, 2021
Shout-out to Swamp Thing fans
Shout-out to Swamp Thing fans regardless of your gender and whether or not it's because of literary references or because of cool, plant monster horror. You don't need to justify it to people who don't really like you.— Craig Cermak (@craigcermak) September 15, 2021