Volume 7

Covering the Walmart-exclusive ‘Giant-sized’ issues…

At the end of 2018, new Swamp Thing stories began appearing in a ‘Giant-sized’ anthology series available exclusively at Walmart stores in the U.S.  After Swamp Thing Giant #7, the issue numbering was reset for a new series that is being released both in Walmart stores and comic shops.

The below titles were published by DC Comics unless otherwise noted.


Swamp Thing Halloween Horror Giant (2018) #1
“Hollow” (pp.1-12), December 2018. Walmart exclusive.
Brian Azzarello [w], Greg Capullo [p, c]
A woman referred to as ‘Twiglet’ loses one of her eyes when she attempts to open a doorway to the underworld and needs to be rescued by Swamp Thing. On the night of Halloween, Twiglet encounters monsters who have kidnapped some children. Swamp Thing again rescues Twiglet and the children, explaining that people must fear him if he is to defeat The Barren.
This book also reprints the Swamp Thing origin story from House of Secrets #92 (June/July 1971).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #1
“Desert of Ash” (pp. 1-12), January 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Mike Perkins [p], Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia [c]
Swamp Thing and the witch named Briar (previously referred to as Twiglet) encounter a man who can speak to flames who they call the Char Man. Swamp Thing and Char Man fight, with Swampy eventually defeating him by flooding the environment with carbon dioxide. Briar saves herself and other humans from the flames by making a deal with the fire elementals, promising them that Swamp Thing will defeat The Barren.
This book also reprints Swamp Thing #1 (Nov. 2011).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #2
“Bog of Blood Part One” (pp. 1-12), February 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Joëlle Jones [p], Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia [c]
Two teenage campers begin relating horror stories to each other when they are interrupted by a woman who calls herself Ms. Ravenmocker. Swamp Thing and Briar attempt to find the students and Briar explains that she can see visions of the Barren through her missing eye. The heroes find themselves in a car junkyard and Briar is taken by Ravenmocker.
This book also reprints Swamp Thing #2 (Dec. 2011).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #3
“Bog of Blood Part Two” (pp. 1-12), March 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Joëlle Jones [p], Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia [c]
Swamp Thing fights Ravenmocker in a crypt beneath the junkyard while Briar finds the missing college students. Briar explains to Swamp Thing that Ravenmocker is actually an immortal teenage girl named Astraea who has been guarding a magical, bleeding wound in the Earth for a century. When the wound recently reopened due to pressure from the Barren, Astraea misunderstood her family’s instructions and kidnapped a group of heart transplant survivors to make them immortal. Swamp Thing and Briar leave to commune with the force of death, reasoning that they have recently met the forces of fire (Char Man), evil (Bi’tal) and life (Astraea) who were all fleeing the Barren.
This book also reprints Swamp Thing #3 (Jan. 2012).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #4
“Dead Falls” (pp. 1-12), April 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Steve Pugh [p], Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia [c]
A young man named George is kidnapped and forced into slavery by demonic sailors. George tries to escape through a labyrinth until Swamp Thing intervenes and destroys George’s demonic pursuers. Swampy explains that George’s soul has been running the maze for over a century and he encourages George to accept death. This act appeases the Confederation of Remains, from whom Swampy and Briar have sought advice. The Remains reveal cryptic information about the origin of the Barren.
Briar’s surname is revealed as Woodrue, indicating she is likely related to Jason Woodrue, the Floronic Man. This book also reprints Swamp Thing #4 (Feb. 2012).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #5
“The Observer Effect: Part One” (pp. 1-12), May 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Steve Pugh [p], Greg Capullo, Fco Plascencia [c]
Swamp Thing and Briar travel through the green to find out more about the Barren. They find themselves in the laboratory of Dr. Lola Hemsdale and Swampy follows her while Briar follows her colleague Dr. Singh. Hemsdale is attacked by various monsters and Swamp Thing is not able to save her from being taken. Meanwhile, Briar finds a secret portal in Singh’s office. Upon entering, she finds Dr. Singh who introduces himself as the Barren.
This book also reprints Swamp Thing #5 (Mar. 2012).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #6
“The Observer Effect: Part Two” (pp. 1-12), June 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Aaron Lopresti [p], Marcelo Maiolo, Robson Rocha [c]
The Barren shows Briar portals to the realms of Water, Fire, Life, Limbo and Death, and explains that he has conquered them all except the Green. The Barren fights Swamp Thing and reads his memories, learning how Swampy rescued Briar when she was seeking her father, and how he removed her eye that was corrupted with dark magic. Swamp Thing, the Barren and a lifeless Briar are transported to the swamp. Singh explains that he once entered a magnetic chamber in an attempt to kill himself but instead his consciousness was imprinted onto dark matter. Now he wishes to destroy all matter.
This book also reprints Swamp Thing #6 (Apr. 2012).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #7
“The Observer Effect: Conclusion” (pp. 1-12), July 2019. Walmart exclusive.
Tim Seeley [w], Aaron Lopresti [p], Marcelo Maiolo, Robson Rocha [c]
Swamp Thing struggles as the Barren begins merging the different realms, causing chaos in the swamp. Briar finds herself in the afterlife and meets her father Jason Woodrue. With Hell’s existence threatened by the Barren’s activities on Earth, Briar is allowed to return to help Swamp Thing. Upon her return, she announces that Swamp Thing has now been made champion of all the realms. Swampy grants life back to Singh, separating him from his dark matter body, and then finally kills him using the power of death. Briar then closes the portals to all realms, restoring order to the world. Briar and Swamp Thing part ways with Briar explaining that she will continue the work of her father.
Woodrue still seems to be dead following the events of Swamp Thing #40 (May 2015). This book also reprints Swamp Thing #7 (May 2012).

Swamp Thing Giant (2019) #1
“The Beet Goes On”; “…Kind”, October 2019. Direct market edition.
Mark Russell, Andrew Constant [w], Marco Santucci, Tom Mandrake [p], Doug Mahnke [c]
The Beet Goes On: Swamp Thing destroys several Sunderland facilities that are bio-engineering plants designed to not reproduce. To manage his emotions, Swamp Thing suppresses his anger into heart-like beets that he periodically expels from his body. Sunderland wants to capture Swampy and so sends his friend, a voodoo priestess named Fatima, to betray him by injecting Swampy with a neurotoxin made out of the beets. After injecting Swampy, Fatima decides to eat his beet-heart, believing it will grant her immortality. However, she falls into a coma that is indistinguishable from death. Swamp Thing awakens and buries Fatima, believing that she sacrificed herself to save him. Fatima later awakens, trapped in her coffin.
…Kind: An elderly woman living in the swamp is killed by her estranged son during an attempted robbery. Swamp Thing, who was friends with the woman, chases the man to where he buried the woman, and her ghost drags the man underneath the ground.

The Sunderland corporation is headed by someone who closely resembles Avery Sunderland, who was killed in The Saga of Swamp Thing #21 (Feb. 1984), and the Sunderland employees discuss ways of capturing Swampy that allude to the events of #20 (Jan. 1984). In this story, however, Swamp Thing is aware that he is not human, and this did not originally occur until after these issues. This book also reprints Swamp Thing #1 (2016) and The Hellblazer #1 (2016). This issue originally released a few weeks earlier in Walmart stores with an alternate cover.


[w] denotes writer, [p] denotes penciller, but I have included both penciller and inker if both are credited equally as artists. [c] denotes cover artist, but I have mostly only included the last in instances where Swampy is illustrated by someone other than the inside penciller.