Volume 7

‘Future State’ and Volume 7

The ‘Future State’ event was a direct sequel to ‘Dark Nights: Death Metal’ and is set in a possible future.  A new Swamp Thing series then follows on from the Infinite Frontier #0 one-shot.

Appearances that I consider to be fairly minor are indented.  The below titles were published by DC Comics unless otherwise noted.

Future State: Swamp Thing (2021) #1
“Obsidian Sun”, March 2021
Ram V [w], Mike Perkins [p, c], June Chung [c]
Swamp Thing (referred to as Green Father) lives with a number of plant creatures amongst the ruins of the world, and tells Calla about the fall of civilisation. Swampy is challenged by Indigo, who questions why he continues to search for humans if they are so destructive. A third creature, Heather, saves others plant people from a burning building. The group travel north and find a human who seeks help to stop the Undying Man from building the Obsidian Sun within S.T.A.R. Fortress where other human survivors have gathered.

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman (2021) #1
“Future State”, March 2021
Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad [w], Jen Bartel [p]
In the distant future, Wonder Woman visits the Batcave and converses with the spirit of Batman before taking a utility belt. She visits Themyscira, where Swamp Thing and the Green are struggling to survive. Wonder Woman wants to find a new home in the universe but the other Amazons have decided to stay and fight the coming threat. Apokolips (along with Big Barda and Metron) is destroyed by the Undoing. Darkseid escapes to Earth but meets Superman along the way. Wonder Woman tries to protect Superman from Darkseid but the Amazons are killed and Swamp Thing also dies.

The Other History Of The DC Universe (2020) #2
“1970-1989: Karen Beecher-Duncan & Mal Duncan”, January 2021.  DC Black Label.
John Ridley [w], Giuseppe Camuncoli [p]
This issue tells the stories of Mal Duncan (also known as Guardian and Hornblower) and Karen Beecher-Duncan (Bumblebee) and their involvement with the Teen Titans through the 1970s and 80s.
Swamp Thing appears in the background when the events of the ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’ storyline (1985-86) are depicted.

Future State: Swamp Thing (2021) #2
“Obsidian Sun Part Two”, April 2021
Ram V [w], Mike Perkins [p, c], June Chung [c]
In S.T.A.R. Fortress, Jason Woodrue (now referred to as the Undying Man) has trapped the superhero Obsidian and plans to use him to cover the world in darkness and destroy the Green. Swamp Thing and the plant creatures arrive and Woodrue reveals that he has replaced his human flesh with plant matter. He sets his machine in motion and forces Swamp Thing to kill him. Swamp Thing chooses to sacrifice himself to save the humans, some of whom helped to build the Obsidian Sun, because the humans have souls and can transcend themselves. The plant creatures, on the other hand, were limited to representing Swampy’s innocence (Calla), doubt (Indigo) and ambition (Heather). Swamp Thing destroys his creations, then stretches his body above the darkness and into the atmosphere to create an environment for humans to survive in. After many years, Woodrue’s machine stops working, the darkness dissipates, and a plant grows once again.

Flash Facts
“The Facts Of Life” (pp. 36-48); “Human Extremes” (pp. 125-138), February 2021
Amy Chu [w], Kirk Scroggs [w, p], Ile Gonzalez [p]
The Facts of Life: Poison Ivy explains DNA to Rose, Hazel and Thorn. Hazel and Thorn wander off and are stopped by a security guard but are rescued by Swamp Thing. The children continue to ask Swampy questions about DNA.
Human Extremes: After running training, Charlotte explains lactate to Russell (Swamp Kid) and they notice that a strange cloud is affecting the temperature in the area. Russell later discovers that the source of the cloud is a ship owned by Anton Arcane, and he is approached by Swamp Thing for help. They travel underwater and Swamp Thing explains how people with large spleens can hold their breath for longer. Russell then uses his vines to enter and sink Arcane’s ship.

Swamp Kid previously appeared in the children’s book The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid (Oct. 2019).

Infinite Frontier (2021) #0
May 2021
Joshua Williamson [w], John Timms [p]
Summary coming soon.
Swamp Thing appears in one panel in the framing story.

The Swamp Thing #1
“Becoming Part 1”, May 2021
Ram V [w], Mike Perkins [p, c], Mike Spicer [c]
Summary coming soon.

The Other History Of The DC Universe (2020) #3
“1983-1996: 山城 達”, May 2021
John Ridley [w], Giuseppe Camuncoli [p]
Summary coming soon.
Swamp Thing appears in one panel during Superman’s funeral that recreates the poster that accompanied Superman #75 (Jan. 1993).

The Swamp Thing #2
“Becoming Part 1”, June 2021
Ram V [w], Mike Perkins [p, c]
Summary coming soon.

[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.