And then there was the time Roman gods got themselves involved with the Heap.

§ May 16th, 2013 § Filed under other swamp creatures § 9 Comments

So the Heap’s kid “partner,” Rickie Wood, is written out of the Heap’s continuing adventures, and in come the Roman deities Ceres and Mars, dueling each other via this Golden Age muck-encrusted mockery of a man. That only lasted for a handful of stories, long enough to establish that it was Ceres who was initially responsible for the fallen pilot Baron von Emmelman to rise up again from the swamp as the Heap.

And then, in a following story it was revealed that, no, in fact it was the ghosts of babies, cruelly slain centuries ago by a terrible warlord, who facilitated the transition of man to monster:

And then Mother Nature pops up a few issues later and says, hey now, ’twas I done the deed:

I’m only partway through Roy Thomas Presents The Heap Vol. 2, so I don’t know if I have more origins waiting for me in later stories. I’m assuming if there are, they probably don’t include the one in this comic.

The Heap comics so far have been pretty enjoyable: lots of gangsters and crime stories and revenge plots and plenty of stories hinging on the Heap’s vague recollections of his previous life. Also: sure are a lot of old friends and relatives of Von Emmelman hangin’ around swamps, triggering plots and getting what’s coming to them thanks to the Heapster.

So, your pal Mike is enjoying a comic about a swamp monster. GO FIGURE.

images from Roy Thomas Presents the Heap Vol. 1 and Roy Thomas Presents the Heap Vol. 2

9 Responses to “And then there was the time Roman gods got themselves involved with the Heap.”

  • Rich Handley says:



  • Adam Farrar says:

    It is shocking that you enjoy a swamp monster character. But how far does your swamp monster allegiance go? You’ve got the big three but are you interested others as well? For example, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character “Muckman” ( and

  • Casey says:

    Wow, I never realized how much precedent there was for the cosmic aspect of Swamp Thing.

  • Adam says:

    Just in case you wondered, Mike, the finale of Arrow last night was fantastic and I’m all ‘Smallville? What Smallville?’

  • swamp mark says:

    Well,Swampy got into the twenties.If we can make it to issue 30 we should be alright!I’m wondering if you’re enjoying the new writer as much as I am,Mike.I hope there’s enough readers left after the endless Rot to give him a try.I also see that Swampy makes an appearance (along with everyone else) in Trinity of Sin:Pandora #1.

  • Jack says:

    I had been wondering when this blog’s “Heap Gap” would be filled, to be honest.

  • Andrew Leal says:

    That’s a heaping helping all right. Also, Heap looks oddly adorable in nearly all of those panels, very cuddly. I guess it’s the big shaggy thing/Cousin Itt look. And oh yeah, the naked babies cavorting around him.

  • "O" the Humanatee! says:

    And Grant Morrison will find a way to integrate all these origins into one big, consistent, but totally opaque origin story, and tons of Morrison fanboys will acclaim it as genius.

    Wait, what am I talking about? Roy Thomas is editing this thing? He must be lying awake sweating at night, trying to come up with a story that reconciles these origins (as well as explaining what happened between panels 3 and 4 of issue 5 – a question no one else has ever raised or, once raised, cared about).

    Sorry, feeling cynical.

  • Crowded House says:

    I like to think the editors just told the writer(s): “You know what? No one’s paying attention, just give him a new origin every few issues-it’ll keep the audience on their toes.”

    And that’s how DC will relaunch the Legion of Superheroes.