With Swamp Thing all but announcing his retirement in the last issue of Justice League Dark, writer James Tynion IV opened the door to a lot of speculation about what comes next for the avatar of the Green (including our own theories at Newsarama about Poison Ivy’s future connection to it).
But according to Tynion, the answers to Swamp Thing’s future will have to wait until the upcoming crossover DC event “The Witching Hour,” which kicks off October.
“There is definitely major changes to the status quo of the Green coming up in the stories I’m telling,” Tynion said. “In ‘The Witching Hour,’ there’s a very, very important sequence to the mythology of Swamp Thing and definitely calls a lot of things in question for the character.”
In fact, although Wonder Woman and Hecate have dominated DC’s promotions for the crossover, Tynion said Swamp Thing will also play a significant role.
“Swamp Thing himself, that character, is going to be the primary driver of that story in Justice League Dark,” he said.
“The Witching Hour” event begins in Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark: The Witching Hour #1,then crosses between Wonder Woman #56, Justice League Dark #4, and Wonder Woman #57. The event concludes on October 31 in Justice League Dark and Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1.
DC’s promotional copy for Justice League Dark #4 includes a mention of the Green, indicating that Hecate (the villain of “The Witching Hour”) will attack the Parliament of Trees.
“Hecate knows this world isn’t strong enough to resist the Otherkind,” the solicitation says, “so she’s going to burn it down and replace it with a world of her own...starting with that ancient grove!”
However, in the last issue of Justice League Dark, John Constantine said he could sense that Alec Holland was thinking about stepping down from his role as Swamp Thing and becoming part of the Parliament of Trees.
“Expected you to have a longer run of it … before you packed it in and joined the Parliament of Trees,” John said to his Justice League Dark teammate.
Swamp Thing’s reply seemed to confirm that Alec won’t be Swamp Thing much longer. “The Green will be better served by a defender who is still rooted in this world,” he replied.
However, if the Parliament of Trees is in danger from Hecate during “The Witching Hour,” does this mean Alec’s role will become something different within the Swamp Thing mythology?
Tynion is leaving his mark all over the DC Universe in October and November, between writing all the books tied into “The Witching Hour,” his ongoing work with Scott Snyder on Justice League, and his framework issues for Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth.
“It’s very exciting but also, I never want to be working on two events simultaneously again in my life, just for the workload,” Tynion laughed. “But the reason I couldn’t say no to these books is because I got to do a huge five-part event crossing over Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark that really opens up the mystery of magic that we’ve been telling in the Dark storyline.
“And then I’m also a part of what we’re doing over in Justice League in ‘Drowned Earth,’ which is set up in [Justice League #8],” he said. “So it’s a very exciting fall.”