Review: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem was a compelling and unique graphic novel that tells the story of Alec Holland, introverted and shy, and his twin brother Walker as they spend the summer in a rural, wooded town where the plants hold just as many secrets as the humans…

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I’ve never read a Swamp Thing comic book before so this origin story was the perfect place to start. My main, and only, criticism of this book is that it felt very rushed. I liked the story and characters, but there wasn’t a lot of depth and the events happened very quickly. I know it’s hard to avoid that in a stand-alone comic, but it still lessened my enjoyment.

Apart from that, Twin Branches was wonderful. There were so many unique aspects that made it super interesting, and I liked reading it a lot.

I love the relationship between Alec and Walker and how central it is. They’re twins and best friends, but being siblings is always going to come with complications. I loved watching them grow, both together and apart, as they tried to adapt to each others environments and bridge the growing gap between them. 

Though I’m completely lost to the science of Alec’s plant research, it was super interesting and intriguing, it would have been almost sinister if not for Alec’s deep love for it! I also learned some random plant facts, which is kinda cool.

I really like Alec as a character. He finds it difficult to interact with people and is really shy, and that’s something I can relate to. To me he really reads as autistic but this isn’t confirmed. I think he was a really interesting and complex character, he may be shy but once he makes a bond, like with his brother or his plant or Abby, he’s fiercely loyal and loving. He’s really brave, maybe more than he takes credit for, and kind of sweet too.

The blooming romance between Alec and Abby was super cute, and honestly Abby is SUCH an icon I love her! I love Abby’s interest in this old tree, Fancy Sam, and how so much of the town relates to him. 

The storyline was interesting and exciting, it kept me reading and had some really wonderful moments!

There were certain aspects of this book that made it horror-esque, which I really enjoyed and was perfect for spooky season! It’s definitely something I can see making a good twisted superhero/antihero movie!

Overall, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem was a lush, intriguing and atmospheric story that I recommend. 

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem was a compelling and unique graphic novel that tells the story of Alec Holland, introverted and shy, and his twin brother Walker as they spend the summer in a rural, wooded town where the plants hold just as many secrets as the humans…

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! I’ve never read a Swamp Thing comic book before so this origin story was the perfect place to start. My main, and only, criticism of this book is that it felt very rushed. I liked the story and characters, but there wasn’t a lot of depth and the events happened very quickly. I know it’s hard to avoid that in a stand-alone comic, but it still lessened my enjoyment.

Apart from that, Twin Branches was wonderful. There were so many unique aspects that made it super interesting, and I liked reading it a lot.

I love the relationship between Alec and Walker and how central it is. They’re twins and best friends, but being siblings is always going to come with complications. I loved watching them grow, both together and apart, as they tried to adapt to each others environments and bridge the growing gap between them. 

Though I’m completely lost to the science of Alec’s plant research, it was super interesting and intriguing, it would have been almost sinister if not for Alec’s deep love for it! I also learned some random plant facts, which is kinda cool.

I really like Alec as a character. He finds it difficult to interact with people and is really shy, and that’s something I can relate to. To me he really reads as autistic but this isn’t confirmed. I think he was a really interesting and complex character, he may be shy but once he makes a bond, like with his brother or his plant or Abby, he’s fiercely loyal and loving. He’s really brave, maybe more than he takes credit for, and kind of sweet too.

The blooming romance between Alec and Abby was super cute, and honestly Abby is SUCH an icon I love her! I love Abby’s interest in this old tree, Fancy Sam, and how so much of the town relates to him. 

The storyline was interesting and exciting, it kept me reading and had some really wonderful moments!

There were certain aspects of this book that made it horror-esque, which I really enjoyed and was perfect for spooky season! It’s definitely something I can see making a good twisted superhero/antihero movie!

Overall, Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem was a lush, intriguing and atmospheric story that I recommend. 

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