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Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 3 Paperback – Illustrated, January 8, 2013
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- Publisher : Vertigo; Illustrated edition (January 8, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401227678
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401227678
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the first story, from a drawing of Steve Bissette of a radioactive man - Nuke Face -, Moore delives a horror story framed by news from newspapers in the wind on disasters at nuclear power plants. Swamp Thing has a supporting role (but terrifying) and begin to understand the extent of his powers.
From the following stories Moore recreates three classic characters of horror stories: vampires, werewolves and zombies. But remember that the writer is Moore, and his vampires looks like punks and lives in a city flooded by a dam and has dreadfull family instincts. The werewolf is here used on a feminist tale, which discusses the subordinate role of women in American society and the zombies history appear to highlight the racial question, and the hypocrisy of its overcoming in the early 80s.
And the appearance of the best creation of Moore, the magician John Constantine, here designed as a copy of the star Sting. And is Constantine that will guide the Swamp Thing in his discovery of the extension of his powers, but been a pain in the ass all the time..
All this in a neat edition, with great recolorization process. A must for those who like Moore or comics.
This part of the run also does some good things with side characters. I never liked Abby that much in the first two volumes, where she never grew beyond a generic love interest. But here she finally starts getting her own lines and activities to make her interesting in her own right. And while I miss Etrigan, we finally get to meet John Constantine, in all his glory.
My only issue was that the comic ran out in what seems like the middle of the story, and not on a real cliffhanger either. Oh well, still 5 stars.
This is highly recommended if you are a fan of great series of graphic novels such as Sandman, Preacher or Watchmen.The testament to the quality of these comics collected in this volume is the fact that they still remain fresh and better written than 99 percent of titles out there.
The artwork is also outstanding. especially given the year these books were originally released in.You are bound to thoroughly enjoy this one.
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As well as being an excellent arc, brilliantly written with excellent artwork it also introduces John Constantine, a modern classic of adult comic books who would go on to have a 300 run issue run in his own "Hellblazer" series.
This is an essential book for any fans of Swamp Thing and Moore.
I've said it before in my previous reviews, but this really is an essential addition to anyone's collection of graphic novels. There's also a new substantial and worthy introduction by penciller Stephen Bissette who, along with inker John Totleben, collaborated so well with Moore on this magnificent effort.