"Swamp Thing" writer Scott Snyder has confirmed what the DC Comics solicitations only hinted: that he and artist Yanick Paquette will end their well-regarded run on the series with March's Issue 18.
"To be 100% clear: [Paquette] and I have been planning this ending -- both an ending for us as creators on the book, and for the storyline we started way back in issue #1 -- for a long time," Snyder wrote this afternoon on Twitter. "Even before we signed on to do Swampy, we both knew it would be a limited run, as we had other projects in the pipeline we knew would eventually come to pass. But the chance to do 'Swamp Thing,' to bring back a character we've both loved dearly since childhood, was just too thrilling to turn down.
"That said, we both ended up staying longer than we'd planned, too, out of love of the character, love for the story we were getting to tell, love for our team, and above all, out of love and gratitude for you guys, the fans who've helped us do something here that many people said was impossible -- make 'Swamp Thing' a viable book in the DCU. For that, all of us on team Swampy will be forever grateful to you guys."
Snyder, who's already writing "Batman" and co-writing the spinoff "Talon," will launch a new Superman series with artist Jim Lee early next year. Paquette's next project hasn't been announced.
Although DC's has yet to announce the new "Swamp Thing" creative team, Snyder asked fans to, "Please give them the love and support you've shown us. They certainly have our blessing."
The solicitation text for "Swamp Thing" #18, the epilogue to "Rotworld," teases "This issue marks the end of life as Swamp Thing knows it!"