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Jack Hawksmoor Confirmed Coming To Swamp Thing

At last November's Thought Bubble in Harrogate, I was in the audience for comic book creators James Tynion IV, Mike Perkins, and Ram V talking Swamp Thing, about their history with the character, their approach to creating Swamp Thing stories and why the forests in eighties' Swamp Thing used to be purple.

And Ram V teased that he is teaming up Swamp Thing, the avatar of the Green, with another Green character. Mike Perkins joking that Green Arrow has to get his arrows from somewhere. So… could it be a Green Lantern? Martian Manhunter? The new solicits suggests its all about Oa.

Swamp Thing #14
Swamp Thing #14

But I also reported Ram V that having a Swamp Thing associated with vegetation, the forests and countryside, would be up against someone who has a similar power over cities. And that would be Jack Hawksmoor of The Authority, right? Maybe someone to take down those pretenders over in Action Comics? Well, on Twitter, Ram V tweeted out the following.  "Back in MARCH– THE SWAMP THING! #soon"

Swamp Thing #11
Swamp Thing #11

With very familiar feet and a reference to Detroit. So that will be Swamp Thing #11 out on the 29th of March. Jack Hawksmoor, "The God of Cities" was created by Warren Ellis and  Tom Raney for Stormwatch from DC/Wildstorm, and was the leader of the subsequent series The Authority drawn by Bryan Hitch from 2000 to 2005, and again from 2008 to 2010. He gains his powers from a symbiotic link with the city he's in; the bigger it is, the bigger his powers.

As a boy, Jack Hawksmoor was frequently abducted by what he thought were aliens. In reality, they were beings from the future and they were abducting him in order to prepare him to save the world. During each abduction, Jack's organs were removed and he was painfully implanted with strange technologies that enabled him to interact with cities in bizarre ways. His internal organs were either replaced with other objects beneficial to his current state or extra-organs of 'alien' function and origin were implanted. He is physically unable to survive outside of an urban environment for long; however, when he is within an urban environment, he has vast, superpowers linked to the city. The reason for his enhancements became obvious when a gestalt being that was the entire city of Kansas City from the 70th Century came back in time to destroy the world. Jack was older now and had some experience with his powers. He turned the city of Tokyo into a giant robot, merged with it, and fought Kansas City, successfully destroying it. After the battle, Jack slipped away and went to live in New York until, years later, he was approached by Stormwatch.

(W) Ram V. (A/CA) Mike Perkins
By popular demand, the Swamp Thing has returned and is extending his roots into Season Two! The climactic battle between Levi and his brother Jacob led to events that left the Swamp Thing broken up—literally. Now, with Levi fractured and on the edge of oblivion, an unlikely ally has entered the fray to piece him back together again: Tefe Holland, daughter of the original Swamp Thing.
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Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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