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Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol.1
Not only had the series earned mostly favorable reviews at the time its cancellation was announced, the second episode of the series had yet to air on DC's streaming service, leaving fans to wonder what possibly could've already gone wrong enough to justify cutting the show loose. So why was it canceled? There's no clear word on the official reason for the cancellation just yet, and there have been plenty of conflicting reports — at least one of which has been debunked. The first sign that the series was in trouble came even before the first episode aired on DC Universe. Neither did a now-deleted Instagram post from one of the series' cast members. What a terrible decision.
This is something of a surprise, given the liberties that the show had taken with its source material. Despite changing the backgrounds of many classic Swamp Thing characters from the comics so as to justify their being connected to the town of Marais, Louisiana, the series has remained remarkably true to the spirit of those characters and the comics' base storyline. While the Abby Arcane of the comics was a Transylvanian noblewoman who ran a medical clinic for the small village her family ruled for generations rather than a doctor employed by the CDC, she is still a compassionate young woman who sees the nobility behind Swamp Thing's monstrous form. Likewise, Avery Sunderland may not be the captain of industry he was in the original comics, but the show's take on the character is still a scoundrel ruled by his greedy impulses, even if he never progressed beyond running one small town as his personal kingdom. Jason Woodrue, who was also responsible for creating the biological accelerator that Dr. Alec Holland discovered in the swamps around Marais. Abby Arcane had theorized that the accelerator had somehow merged with the wounded Holland's body after one of Sunderland's minions tried to kill him for knowing too much.
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The fictional character the Swamp Thing has appeared in five American comic book series to date, including several specials, and has crossed over into other DC Comics titles. The series found immense popularity upon its s debut and during the mid-late s under Alan Moore , Steve Bissette , and John Totleben. These eras were met with high critical praise and numerous awards. However, over the years, the Swamp Thing comics have suffered from low sales which have resulted in numerous series cancellations and revivals. The first Swamp Thing series ran for 24 issues, from to Len Wein was the writer for the first 13 issues before David Michelinie and Gerry Conway finished up the series.