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About the Author: Alan Moore

Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs workings one off performance art spoken word pieces with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.As a comics writer,



10 thoughts on “The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Vol 20 - 27

  1. says:

    The Swamp Thing s epic run by Alan Moore begins here This TPB Hardcover Edition collects Swamp Thing Vol.2 21 27.Creative Team Writer Alan MooreIllustrators Steve Bissette Rick Veitch A GOOD ROOT GROWS If you are a fan of Alan Moore, you must read these hardcovers editions No question about it.For me it had been a wonderful experience It s amazing how brilliant is the writing and how great are the events You will never see the character of Swamp Thing in the same way, after to read this TPBs A RESPECTFUL WRITER I was than happy when DC re published the run of Alan Moore on Swamp Thing on these elegant hardcover editions and I didn t need even a second to decide that I want to buy them.One thing that you can perceive about the personality of Alan Moore and his respect to the work of others is that precisely when he took the job to write Swamp Thing, sure he changed things, every new creative team changed things when they took over a comic book title BUT Alan Moore dedicated a whole issue to resolve and to close the previous story arcs, in rightful and respectful way It wasn t like in other titles that somebody kills a character and bam the new creative team resurrect him her with some dumb explanation Or even without any explanation at all.Oh no, Alan Moore came to a respectful closing in his first issue and then, in the next issue he started to develop his own ideas THE CREATIVITY S SEED More than Watchmen, V for Vendetta or any other of his very popular works, HERE, on Swamp Thing is the best proof of his mastery of words and his remarkable genius Since hey , we were talking about Swamp Thing, at that moment in comic books, nobody cared about if that title was even active, and Alan Moore showed a great truth Any character can be interesting in the hands of a talented writer.Definitely, highly recommended.


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    When I was a kid, I didn t read comics This is a little strange, as I loved picture books And I loved reading Even so, I d just never gotten into it But back when I was 10 or 11, I was in a convenience store with my mom I saw a rack of comics and thought to myself, Maybe I could buy one Maybe this would be cool So I picked one at random off the rack, took it home, and read it It freaked my shit out Like, all the way out Absolutely terrified me.I didn t understand what was going on it wasn t the first book in a series but there were some kids goofing around with a Ouija board, and then some sort of fucking monster appeared and killed them There was blood everywhere I hid the comic in my toybox and tried not to think about it I didn t pick up another comic until I was in my twenties and already in college That comic was part of Alan Moore s run on Swamp Thing These days, I like to consider myself fairly well read in comics Looking back, it amuses me that I was lucky enough to pick up something written by Alan Moore for my first comic experience Contrarywise, I m a little sad that it was so obviously the wrong comic for me to try to start with It s interesting to read these comics now Moore tells a good story, but even so, these were written back in the early 80 s, and it shows It s not his best work That said, when you re dealing with someone like Alan Moore, even less than their best is pretty excellent For that, and due to a little bit of fond nostalgia, I m giving this one 5 stars.


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    There is a red and angry world.Red things happen there.The world eats your wife.And eats your friends.It eats all the things that make you human.And it turns you into a monster.As a youth I didn t get Swamp Thing And reading this as an adult it s rather easy to see why Before I get into any details, I have to just say that the prose in here is breathtakingly beautiful at times This is not a book for children it is a book for people who have seen a bit of the world and have experienced some loss, some fear, some responsibility, some of the things that come with adulthood Because, frankly how else could you identify with what happens here It is also not a conventional superhero story by any definition Consider the following Moore s Swamp Thing had a profound effect on mainstream comic books, being the first horror comic to approach the genre from a literary point of view since the EC horror comics of the 1950s, and he broadened the scope of the series to include ecological and spiritual concerns while retaining its horror fantasy roots WikipediaEcological and spiritual concerns As a child this was far, far removed from my mind Other than that, there are a multitude of things writhing beneath the thin veneer of superhero story the nature of good and evil, what it means to be human, friendship and love, the effect of fear et al consider, for example, the story and eventual fate of the Monkey King I should also mention the complex relationships between Alec Holland and his handful of friends, and specifically Abigail And now I have It s raining in Washington tonight Plump, warm summer rain that covers the sidewalks with leopard spots Downtown, elderly ladies carry their houseplants out to set them on the fire escapes, as if they were infirm relatives or Boy Kings.Sometimes hopeful, sometimes bizarre, often crushingly depressing, but always beautiful Alan Moore s Swamp Thing is one of the best examples of this type of thing that I have read in, well, probably ever He ll be pounding on the glass right about now or maybe not now.Maybe in a while.But he ll be pounding.And And will there be blood I like to imagine so.Yes, I rather think there will be blood.Lots of blood.Blood in extraordinary quantities.It gets violent, yes And quite so at times But not in the most likeliest of ways I was often surprised at the turns that the story takes It really is a marvellously atmospheric Southern Horror And, in a stroke of ingenuity, the artwork is often just as bizarre and off beat as the rest of the affair.It s quite apparent that Moore was very careful to not walk the same ground that other writers were covering He was taking the road less travelled.And, even though they don t really feature in the story, describing the Justice League There is a house above the world, where the over people gather.There is a man with wings like a bird.There is a man who can see across the planet and wring diamonds from its anthracite.There is a man who moves so fast that his life is an endless gallery of statues In the house above the world, the over people gather And sit And listen To a dry, mad voice that whispers of Earthdeath.So what is the down side here Nothing really, but I do think readers have to at least bear the following in mind Alan Moore only came aboard for the second run of this series, which means that by the time this book kicks off all the fundamentals had already been covered That s to say, Moore didn t create Swamp Thing and he doesn t tell the Origins story of the character This had come before, and, since I haven t read that yet, I do not know how that differs from, or impacts on, this particular part of the Swamp Thing mythos Have you ever been under All the way under Like I have Oh like I have John Hiatt


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    Here Moore laid down a marker in the history of comics, ominous and unlikely as Archduke Ferdinand s tomb Reading through the new wave of British authors who helped to reconceptialize the genre for us poor Americans, one understands and why it had to be this man There is a flair amongst them all for a certain madness and depth of psychology, but Moore was the only one who didn t think it made him special Our curiosity is always piqued by the mysterious stranger, and Moore will always be that.There is a quote of Emerson s which helps elucidate men of mystery to be great is to be misunderstood Most Zeppelin fans don t see the band in terms of their roots in early blues, just as most Tolkien fans and followers don t have the education to recognize the Welsh and Norse folktales he was emulating It seems the kernel of an author s inspiration is often so specific and poorly understood by their audience that they it becomes an endless and entrancing mystery.There was an undeniable and immediate difference in the comic authors of the early eighties, but many of them sinned by way of dadaism, indulging difference for its own sake After recognizing this brazen and laughably naive rebellion, one begins to understand why most of these writers couldn t keep from breaking the fourth wall and injecting themselves into the text Morrison has never stopped doing it.The difference between them and Moore was one of reason and like Milton s Lucifer, their reason was flawed and like him still it was pride As a young and budding author, I saw in Morrison s Invisibles and, to a lesser extent, in Ennis s Preacher , what a silly thing it is to believe your own stories.Gaiman we may reprieve unlike the others, he has never imagined himself mad His penchant for myth and psychology stays rather trimly in the realm of the curious academic, though becomes quite laughable when he attempts to portray chaos Gaiman s is the most predictable chaos you will ever meet this side of a fourteen year old girl who likes penguins.Moore, however, has loomed over us in a state of questionable sanity for his entire career Bearded, wild eyed, long winded, and obsessed with little things we don t even think about, and yet completely generous and unselfish with his pen There is something we do not trust about the man who avoids the spotlight who spurns money who believes in the power of names enough to remove his from this or that film The man who stands over and over a proven genius and who plods on into stranger and wider territory is almost an unknowable commodity.That Alan Moore cares about things we cannot see, and cares nothing about that which we expect him to becomes his strength In his unpredictability, we come to find new and inspiring sides of ourselves, and of comics, and of others.If Morrison has lived his entire career as the incorrigible teenager of comics, inspiring in his gusto but disappointing in his ego, then Moore has always been the old man of comics, a crafty wizard who knows things we don t want to know, who leads us patiently through our wide eyed bumbling and self absorption, past the explosions and gun battles, and into our own back yard to show us something beautiful that was there the whole time We ll wonder why he doesn t want our thanks Or our praise We ll wonder why he seems tired and haggard We ll try to catch his red rimmed eyes, as if he ll betray by some gesture or expression just what it is he gets out of the deal.As if sudden curiosity makes us worthy to know My Suggested Readings in Comics


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    Alec Holland s life was changed forever when he died and was reborn as Swamp Thing Or was he My first exposure to Swamp Thing was in an issue of Captain Atom I had as a kid At some point in the dim past, I read the first two Alan Moore trades but through the magic of getting older and drinking a small lake of beer, I ve forgotten most of them My wife nabbed me the first volume for my birthday so here we are.The first issue of the trade ties up all the loose ends from Martin Pasko s run From there, Alan Moore begins redefining the character and making Swamp Thing his own By changing Swamp Thing from a man who became a plant to a plant who dreamed he was a man, he opens up a lot of new avenues for new stories and breaths new life into Old Swampy.The Len Wein Berni Wrightson Swamp Thing run felt like a throwback to EC Comics of the 50s This feels sophisticated and complex, focusing on psychological horror rather than the grotesque The series later had the Sophisticated Suspense label slapped on it and it s a fitting one.Alan Moore was the master of comics when we wasn t too busy bitching about them and this book is a big example why It s not overwritten as some of his later stuff was but the man has a way with words Once Swamp Thing stops trying to be Alec Holland, the roadblocks are removed and Moore starts taking Swamp Thing in new and interesting directions Tom Yeates was good but the art really goes up a notch when Stephen Bissette and John Tottleben take over Bissette s swamp animals in particular interest me since he later did the dinosaur book Tyrant.Alan Moore s redefinition of Swamp Thing began something that eventually redefined comics I need the other five volumes Five out of five stars.


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    Review to come


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    I know this is a beloved book and so, so many people adore this and everything else Alan Moore wrote, especially in the 80s, and that all kinds of superlatives are thrown around when discussing Swamp Thing and I m not being contrarian when I say this isn t all that and a bag of chips, either Paul O Brien from the House to Astonish podcast nailed it when he said that if Alan Moore s books were as good as everyone said they were, they d cure cancer Which is to say, I think this isn t a bad book but suffers somewhat from the enormous praise that s built it up to an impossibly high standard, and when I finally read it, I found that it s actually just an ok book First off, the numbering Volume 1 Readers unfamiliar with Swamp Thing and let s face it, there are a lot might think this would be the best place to start but it in fact isn t At least, not if you want to see Alec Holland s death rebirth as Swamp Thing, or his relationship with Abby Cable n e Arcane Matt Cable, or his initial struggles with his new appearance This book collects Moore s first few issues writing the series but he started after nearly 20 issues had been out which means the book starts with issue 20 and goes through to 27, so you re going to not quite get the characters storyline from the get go and there s no attempt to explain it later either You could argue that this is the first time the real Swamp Thing emerges as Moore s take on the character is the first time Swamp Thing became than a hacky monster tale and turned into a deeper, richer story The second issue The Anatomy Lesson is the highlight of the book as Swamp Thing is captured and examined in a lab only to discover that Alec Holland isn t Swamp Thing but that Swamp Thing is a mutated plant that thinks it s Alec Holland that might seem like a spoiler but it s not as it happens really early on so it s not like giving away the ending to the Sixth Sense plus the book is 30 years old at this point It s also a really well written story that starts off mysteriously, then goes back and circles back on itself in a neat one issue story arc I also really liked that Moore immediately defines that character his way with his vision of it on his second issue However, Moore only manages to create this kind of engrossing narrative magic a couple of times in this book oddly in the issues that have very little going on in them while the action packed stories are less artistic, less thoughtful, less involving, and it s why I didn t think this book is so amazing There s an extended story featuring one of the least threatening villains ever, the Floronic Man, aka Jason Woodrue, who should be renamed the Moronic Man Why moronic He attempts to wipe out humanity by upping the oxygen rate, not quite getting that this would also affect the plant life he believes he represents and is fighting for Plus if your ace in the hole is a chainsaw, you re done You re not Ash, this ain t Evil Dead, I get the connection between chainsaws and trees, but seriously a chainsaw against Swamp Thing Come on The JLA get a cameo in this story despite not really doing anything Superman and Green Lantern show up at the end to take away the Floronic Man after Swamp Thing defeats him and old Woodrue wood rue, get it Not very subtle, Alan looks even idiotic He s attempting to talk his way out of it and just looks like such a feeble old man next to Superman and Green Lantern it s pitiful Superman puts his cape around Woodrue and takes him to Arkham This guy was the big villain of the book Jason Blood Etrigan close out the book as a demon shapeshifter emerges in the home for mentally disabled kids that Abby works in Again, not a terrific villain and I felt Moore was pressing the horror angle a bit too hard What I dislike about Etrigan and for those who don t know, Jason Blood made a deal with a demon, Etrigan, centuries ago, and the two are now bonded in one body forever is the constant rhyming which I know is a big part of his character but it lends itself to soooo many bad rhyming couplets That said, Moore does an admirable job with his rhymes and none of them stood out as too embarrassing Then there s the 80s art it s ok in parts but pretty terrible in others Stephen Bissette and John Totleben just can t do action The first issue opens with the military hunting down Swamp Thing and those helicopter attacks looked awful The motion doesn t look real and the explosions looked ridiculously phony Also, towards the end of the book when Etrigan leaves and Jason Blood re emerges, Blood s character model up until then has been red hair with a streak of white but in this scene his hair s gone dark blue and facially he looks identical to the character model of Matt Cable, Abby s alcoholic husband So Bissette and Totleben literally swapped out Jason Blood for Matt Cable in a scene featuring Jason Blood That s pretty damning On the subject of faces, neither artist is particularly good at drawing them and frequently they look rushed and or badly rendered But other times where there isn t much movement or humans that just feature Swamp Thing Beautiful Not only that but the page layouts are really imaginative with plot elements framing a page and things like plant roots dividing up the panels Or panels arrayed cleverly across two pages in a style that JH Williams III has made popular with his work on Batwoman Before this, the only Swamp Thing I d read was Scott Snyder Yanick Paquette s New 52 Swamp Thing and the most striking thing about that book was Paquette s wonderful art and page layouts which I thought were original Reading this book, it s clear Paquette took his cue from Bissette and Totleben with their pioneering use of art and style in presenting their version of the character So I m split with the art sometimes it s hard to look at, badly rendered, or flat out too dated to be convincing, and other times I love what I m seeing Swamp Thing is an interesting character and kudos for Moore for elevating the tone of the stories to a higher level This first book has some nice narrative moments and does a major revamp of the way readers would see the character, but generally the stories, like the art, that comprise it are uneven at best The book features some odd villains that are difficult to take seriously, and there s no real direction for the character I m not sure what Swamp Thing s purpose is both things I d like to see done better in later books Saga of the Swamp Thing Volume 1 is a bit slow at times, a bit lugubrious like a lot of Moore s writing, but otherwise it s an ok read just don t get carried away by the hype.


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    I am meat.A beast of bloodWho tramplesCreatures of chlorophyll.I am violence A rage machineWho murdersFrom birth to death.I am delusion.An equivocatorWho justifiesThe lives he ends I am hubris.A believer in meWho knows thatElse life is mine I am man.I am a man I am hu man.I am meat.


  9. says:

    So good Like the great EC horror comics from the 1950s, Alan Moore s Swamp Thing stories from the mid 1980s do not exploit our fear of the Other, but instead force us to face the dark, downright nasty underpinnings of our own modern world, the frailty and absurdity of our own bodies These are psychological, often philosophical horror stories, sharp and subversive, lyrical and hypnotic, brought to life by artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben in wonderfully creepy fashion.By the way, as I am reading this series in its single issue form, I found myself enjoying the letter pages quite a bit In a letter written months prior to the arrival of Alan Moore published half a year later in 22 those were slower times , for example, Roger Myers from Berkshire, England, warns American readers still unfamiliar with then 2000 AD writer Moore that they are in for a real treat, because that man is nothing short of absolutely brilliant And then the enthusiastic responses to Moore s first issue, of course destined for stardom, Paul Harrison from Shropshire wisely predicted Letter pages, sigh


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    I m slightly biased in favor of Swamp Thing in general since reading Snyder s work, and I m willing to let some other things slide because this is still Alan Moore of Watchmen and V for Vendetta as he s first gaining his fame in the early 80 s, so even when I m juggling all this in my mind, where does this first volume actually land It s okay It doesn t feel at all like a comic for children, and I keep this in my mind because at the time this was written, MOST of them STILL WERE Instead, it s full of tales of descending into madness, loss of identity, fear, and even a bit of heroism when no one else wants to even attempt it.I mean, who gives a crap about some bumluck Louisiana town being ravaged by some other green meanie Not the Justice League, that s for sure As we see I really enjoyed the story where Alec was on the autopsy table for the entire tale It was a great twist on the ghost story, especially when he comes back and learns that his entire self identity is a lie There s so much of that going on throughout this volume, too, and it s definitely not limited to Alec, himself The Swamp Thing is hardly the only major character In fact, the villains are all nicely rounded and fairly easy to sympathize with That being said, I m judging this all by the time it was written.If I judged it by today s standards, I might say that it has greater subtlety than most of the comics coming out, it suffers greatly in the actual artwork being produced, and the themes feel only a bit less well defined and bigger than life than some of the best I ve read out of the modern batch.But is that merely a sign of changing tastes after than 30 years Possibly After having attempted 40 s and 50 s comics, my auto vomit reaction was in full bloom, so I can absolutely appreciate how adult this one is compared to all that dross It s all relative.I think it s safe to say that this one began to pave the way for all the wonderfully dark and adult comics that started flooding the market only several years later, and where would we be without our Gaimans and our Millers and, of course, our Moores Holy dreck, Batman


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