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Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Steifvater
Published by DC Comics on October 13, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction Fantasy
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Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined.
While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths, ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.
I just want to preface this review by saying I do not normally read Graphic Novels and so I don’t have a lot of background to judge them. I am however, a huge fan of Maggie Steifvater and love her writing. Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is an origin story and tells the tale of twins who ended up on very different paths.
The Holland brothers couldn’t be more different. One the life of the party and at ease in all social situations. The other more reserved and happier in a room of plants than one with people. Alec thinks plants have memories and is working on a way to use that to make better plants. Like any comic with a science experiment, things get weird and Alec progresses down a path that will make him into The Swamp Thing.
This was a fun break from my normal reading. All the graphics are very green, which seems fitting to the story. Since this is a graphic novel, the depth of the plot isn’t what I’m used to but the overall story was interesting and I liked this version to the story of the swamp thing. If Maggie Steifvater decides to do more in this format, I would be interested.