Which came first? Swamp Thing or Man-Thing?

In a way this amounts to a trick question, because The Heap, which debuted in a 1942 edition of Airboy Comics, beat them both by thirty years. Evidently the comics have long had an affinity for anthropomorphic swamp monsters and, even in regard to their own signature sentient peat bogs, neither DC nor Marvel got the… » 4/28/14 11:49pm 4/28/14 11:49pm

Who's the most unconventional superhero ever created?

Superheroes come in all forms, from green rage monsters to circus-acrobat ghosts. In fact, the superhero genre is just a conglomeration of other genres. But who's the weirdest and most mold-breaking superhero ever created? » 12/23/13 2:01pm 12/23/13 2:01pm

Sentient, bipedal horse-people stalk the earth in This Week’s DVDs

Horse women, walking upright, take advantage of our already beleaguered education system. It sounds like a horrifying social commentary, but in fact it’s just the plot of the new My Little Pony movie Equestria Girls. Plus Oblivion, some Disney, Swamp Thing and more, all in this week's DVDs! » 8/05/13 3:00pm 8/05/13 3:00pm

Meet the new writer of Swamp Thing: 27/Strange Attractors creator…

The rumors have been swirling for some time now — but we can exclusively confirm that Charles Soule is taking over as writer of DC's Swamp Thing with issue 19, replacing Scott Snyder after the end of the "Rotworld" storyline. » 1/11/13 2:27pm 1/11/13 2:27pm

Your First Glimpse of the Nightmarish Fates of Superman and Batman, in …

Acclaimed writer Scott Snyder's run on Swamp Thing has all come down to this. Swamp Thing #16, released tomorrow, features the conclusion of the "Rotworld" storyline — and you won't believe how jacked up Superman and Batman have gotten. » 1/08/13 3:35pm 1/08/13 3:35pm

Why does The Joker want to kill all of Batman's best friends? Scott…

On the opening day of New York Comic Con, Batman and Swamp Thing scribe Scott Snyder caught up with io9 to discuss Death of a Family, a new story about The Joker exacting revenge on the Dark Knight's pals. (Also, The Joker's face has been completely carved off and affixed to his head with a belt. He really must stop… » 10/11/12 3:30pm 10/11/12 3:30pm

This short film is the next best thing to a new Swamp Thing movie

Here's Gloam, a visual effects piece by David Elwell & Gareth Hughes. With nary a word, the filmmakers communicates how living in the forest as an antlered wood-beast is not particularly conducive to making new friends. Also, the creature's design bears a resemblance to Swamp Thing's recent sartorial shift, so roll… » 10/02/12 9:20am 10/02/12 9:20am

Read a sneak preview of the next issue of Swamp Thing

The character Swamp Thing has gone through many strange metamorphoses over the years. And in author Scott Snyder's current (and enjoyably creepy) story line, Dr. Alec Holland has only reluctantly taken on the mantle of the mossy champion to do battle with a malevolent primordial force known as The Rot. » 5/30/12 2:30pm 5/30/12 2:30pm

The deranged 1989 Swamp Thing PSA, wherein our hero berates children

Around the time The Return of the Swamp Thing hit theaters in 1989, the mossy hero collaborated with Greenpeace on this bizarre anti-littering public service announcement. I'm pretty sure Swamp Thing used his eco-powers to transform those children into peat mummies once the cameras stopped rolling. » 2/15/12 8:25am 2/15/12 8:25am

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Comics Of 2011

2011 gave us a wealth of great new comics, which ranged from tales of moss monsters to feral school headmasters to martial artists with the power to make their limbs fly off. But what comic book debuts tickled our fancy the most? Here are our picks, in no particular order. » 12/31/11 12:45pm 12/31/11 12:45pm

DC Relaunch Snap Judgments, Week 1 - Blue Mohawks & Blue Jeans Superman

We've already crowned Animal Man as the best thing to come out of the DC relaunch, but what about the other twelve titles from last week? » 9/11/11 8:00pm 9/11/11 8:00pm

What's next for Batman and Swamp Thing? Scott Snyder reveals his…

At Comic-Con, American Vampire helmsman Scott Snyder gave us the scoop on DC's brand new Batman and Swamp Thing series. According to Snyder, both the Dark Knight and the, ahem, Bayou Bachelor face fates fraught with fright. » 8/02/11 1:15pm 8/02/11 1:15pm

In Wednesday's comics, Swamp Thing returns and Spider-Man ponders his…

Wednesday's comics are a Whitman's Sampler of superheroes going through profound life changes that require the guidance of a certified mental health professional. Do superheroes have therapists? I always assumed Alfred and Jarvis psychoanalyzed Batman and Tony Stark, respectively. » 6/21/11 9:00am 6/21/11 9:00am

The 10 most absurd superhero drug freakouts

Cyborgs, aliens, and highfalutin space gods aren't the only perils superheroes face. No, sometimes they battle sentient cocaine or mind-control methamphetamines. Here are 10 (mostly ridiculous) stories in which our favorite do-gooders got dosed. » 5/11/11 10:35am 5/11/11 10:35am

Chain-smoking mage John Constantine to return to the "official" DC…

DC Comics characters like Swamp Thing and John Constantine were initially facets of the mainstream DC Universe, but from the 1990s onward, these supernatural protagonists were exiled to DC's mature-readers Vertigo line. » 4/24/11 9:35am 4/24/11 9:35am

The most iconic, stylish, and just plain wacky opening credits on…

A good opening credit sequence can be more memorable than the TV program it introduces. Luckily, science fiction shows are rife with sleek, quirky, and flat-out bizarre show intros. Here are over 30 of the best. » 1/24/11 8:40am 1/24/11 8:40am

10 scifi icons (and 10 obscure characters who have the same names)

You know Spider-Man, but have you heard of the British anti-hero Spiderman? Everyone's seen Terminator 2, but have you seen the Italian Terminator II? Here are 10 familiar characters (and a bunch of randoms who share their names). » 1/10/11 7:00am 1/10/11 7:00am

Bigfoot and me: A visit to the International Cryptozoology Museum

The International Cryptozoology Museum is a must-visit destination for monster hunters. J.W. Ocker, author of The New England Grimpendium, made the pilgrimage recently and has the horrifying photos to prove it. Do you dare to see New England's weirdest creatures? » 9/16/10 11:30am 9/16/10 11:30am

What science fiction and horror flicks are on Hulu these days?

Hulu's scifi and horror pages are chock full of worthwhile movies, even if the selection skews towards the ridiculous and low-budget. Here's the cream of the crop. Apologies to our international readers! » 9/04/10 10:00am 9/04/10 10:00am

The 10 strangest creative liberties ever taken on superhero TV shows

When a superhero makes the jump from comics to TV, you anticipate that the show will deviate from the source material somewhat. What you don't expect is Spider-Man piloting a giant robot or the Thing hanging out with Fred Flintstone. » 9/04/10 8:30am 9/04/10 8:30am