The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid                       review by Bobby Blakey

DC unleashed their new DC Zoom line earlier this year with titles including Super Sons: The Polarshield Project and Dear Justice League. Their latest, The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid from creator Kirk Scroggs.


The Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid follows Russell, a middle schooler who excessively doodles in his spiral notebook; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not-so-great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed "Swamp Kid" by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, webbed toes, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell's favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm. In this notebook, Russell details, in both hilarious text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it's like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher), and to find humor in the everyday weird.


I am a sucker for these kinds of books despite them not really being for me. Much like books Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Oragami Yoda, this one offers up a journal account of Swamp Kids life and brings all sorts of fun. I loved this book and could not stop reading it. The story is silly and fun with some clever tropes in the Swamp Thing mythology all while being something new and original. I love Scroggs art style and the layout of this book. Everything about it just screams fun. There was clearly great thought put into the uses of color and artistic style for all the characters and story elements that really keep it fresh and fun from beginning to end.


This may be a book for younger audiences, but there is plenty here for all ages and most notably Swamp Thing fans. I hope this is only the first of a series for not only this character, but also Scroggs journey in the DC Universe.


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