The Last Issue Of Swamp Thing Goes Very, Very Meta (SPOILERS)

Do you remember that scene from Animal Man #19 by Grant Morrison and Chas Troug? In which Buddy Baker, high on mescalin, looked directly at the viewer and said,

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Itself inspired by a scene by Bryan Talbot in Brainstorm?


Swamp Thing #40 does something similar. Not the same. But terribly meta for its final issue, by Charles Soule and Jesus Saiz. Under assault from all sides, Swamp Thing finds a place for his consciousness to hide…

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In the pages of a book. And this double page spread giving the impression, to the reader of the comic book that they are holding the very essence of Swamp Thing in the comic book that they are reading.

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And we also get another Animal Manish scene with this new literary Swamp Thing manifesting himself in idea space. With lots of blank background. And a mysterious figure. All very…


Though there is another writer who appears to loom a little larger in this Ideaspace.

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And the end of this scene? The recognition that this is the last issue of Swamp Thing and the comic is already half way done… and a reminder of where comic book characters might go when their books come to an end.

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Bravo, sirs, bravo. Warren Ellis and Tula Lotay have something to say on the matter today from today's Supreme: Blue Rose


Find more coverage of comics published today right here.

Swamp Thing #40 is published today by DC Comics. Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Who are welcoming Scott McCloud this Saturday for drinks and signing of his new graphic novel, The Sculptor…


About Rich Johnston

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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