On Monday evening, via Twitter, Scott Snyder confirmed what had been speculated, that both he and artist Yanick Paquette would be parting ways with Swampy after issue 18.
He said that Paqutte and himself had never planned to stay on "Swamp Thing" indefinitely. Assuring fans - who are still reeling from Gail Simone's sudden exit from "Batgirl" - that the duo's run was always expected to be limited:
To be 100% clear: @YanickPaquette 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. 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.
Even though he's sad to say goodbye to one of his favorite characters, Snyder optimistically teased that the best is still ahead:
...please know that these issues coming up next are the big ones - the status-quo-changing-mega-ones :) - that we've been building towards since issue #1. So the best is still coming, with the finale of Rotworld and our shocking storyline ending in Swampy #18.
Snyder has become prgressively busier as his clout amongst DC readers raises with every issue of his stellar "Batman" run. He's also working on a "Man of Steel" series on the horizon with Jim Lee, a new Vertigo title called "The Wake," and of course, his aforementioned, definitive "Bats" run. Snyder also recently announced that his "American Vampire" series would be taking a planned break to prep future storylines. I think all of this time management on Snyder's part is good news for us who want to see Snyder firing on all cylinders when it comes to his adventures with Mr. Wayne and company. Snyder is one of the finest Bat-writers we've seen and we don't want to see his work take a dip for the worst due to getting SWAMPED!
Here's the cover and solicitation info for "Swamp Thing" #18.
SWAMP THING #18
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by YANICK PAQUETTE
On sale MARCH 6 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
• Don’t miss the heartbreaking epilogue to “ROTWORLD.”
• Swamp Thing makes the ultimate sacriface in an attempt save the world from the Rot!
• This issue marks the end of life as Swamp Thing knows it!