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"Perhaps the brainiest and scariest horror narrative of the '80s."—Rolling Stone
"Perhaps the first postmodern comic-book hero . . . unlike anything else in the Western artistic and literary tradition."—Salon --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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- ASIN : B00DY8FG2C
- Publisher : Vertigo; Illustrated edition (February 18, 2014)
- Publication date : February 18, 2014
- Language : English
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- Print length : 213 pages
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"Bogeymen" features a serial killer which we never see his face since the story is always told by his point of view, what he sees and thinks. He mentions previous encounters with colleagues, which Gaiman used in the Doll House arc of Sandman.
"Ghost Dance" is one of the best stories of Moore, taking advantage of the American love of guns to tell the story of the house of a gun manufactoring dynasty (who really existed), haunted by by those who were slaughtered over the years by their guns, endlessly repeating the deaths. Break visitors are confronted with their weaknesses and betrayals.
"Revelations" is part of the crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths and Mooore will show that battle between light and darkness is much worse than the nightmare of meeting the multiple earths.
In "The Parliament of Trees" Swamp Thing went to Brazil, led by Constantine, to find a board of ancestral trees that share the same origin with the creature and finally revealed his true nature. However the meeting is frustrating because the monster does not understand what it is passed to his by his mates.
In "A Murder of Crows" Constantine and his allies along with Swamp Thing will try to stop a group of magicians known as Brujeria in Patagonia. Their plan is to awake the darkness that exists before the creation of the world to confront God. As we know Moore is not intimidated by metaphysical themes. All goes wrong and the mages, even defeated, can conjure the spell that will awake darkness. The next story "The Summoning," Moore vent his nerd side as a connoisseur of obscure Golden Age characters and summons all mystics DC characters like Baron Winter, Sargon the Sorcerer, Dr. Occult, Zatara and his daughter Zatana to help Constantine on Earth, while the Swamp Thing stands in the limits of hell with Edrigan, Spectre, the Stranger, Deadman and the Doctor Fate to face the darkness awakened and ready to swallow light.
In the special edition we have the conclusion of the battle between light and darkness, "The End" where all the allies of Swamp are knocked out one by one and two colleagues of Constantine are incinerated. So Moore came with a disturbing final (and somewhat heretical), offering the proposition that evil and good are parts of the same spectrum, and light and darkness are complements of the same divine being.
One outstanding aspect that I have to mention about Moore's writing is his ability to take "B" and "Z" list characters and within a few sentences of dialogue transform them into completely fascinating and compelling personalities. Moore cuts through the peripheral stereotypes and gets right to the beating dynamics and motivations of his characters so that they feel mysteriously compelling and realistic. Among the characters that he so capably transforms are Baron Winter, Sargon, Deadman, Spectre, and Etrigan... all of whom are often poorly written by authors who don't seem to really have a handle on the more unique possibilities these characters might display. I don't mean to say that Moore thoroughly takes the time to flesh these characters out, but when he does make use of these characters, they are immersed with fascinating details as to their persona.
These particular issues of Swamp Thing were essentially written during the same period as Moore's Watchmen and Miracleman books, arguably the best and most prolific writing period for Moore. But unlike these other two titles, Moore's Swamp Thing has even more of a bent towards supernatural horror of the magical variety, and this is an area that Moore can really flex his talents and come up with mind bending results.
By today's standards the art is not heavily structured or refined, but it's very fluid and poetic, never failing to capture the dark and intense mood of the book. In fact I found the art to grow on me with time and Totleben particularly has a unique flair that deserves attention. The art may not be ideal, but it serves the story well.
This hardback version basically covers the same material as found in the old softcover Swamp Thing volume 4: A Murder of Crows, both of which collect Saga of the Swamp Thing vol. 2 issues #43-50.
There is a reason why Alan Moore has the legendary status among many comic book fans that he does. I'll be the first to admit that there is a fair amount of Moore's writing that is maybe not so conceptually appealing to your average comic book reader, but it's not likely to be the case with Moore's Swamp Thing, as it is very accessible and as much of a compelling page turner as you'll find in all of comic book literature. Also, some people have complained about the production quality of these hardbacks being printed on paper that is closer to newsprint than some higher end paper, but in one very big way this is a good thing: color. When transferring the old four-color process directly over to a high end paper, it looks absolutely horrible, and even more flat and lifeless than keeping it on newsprint. So without completely recoloring these issues, keeping the paper as close to newsprint as possible is by far the better way to go without destroying the artwork entirely.
I've heard more than one Alan Moore fan state that The Saga of the Swamp Thing is the best thing Moore has ever done, and while I maybe don't fully agree with this, this particular collection is on par with most anything Moore has done.
The previous book in the Swamp Thing saga set up a massive, world shattering conflict. In this book it was resolved....a little to easily. I can't get into details because spoilers, but let's just say Moore used the battle to make a symbolic point that was not as well executed as it could have been. Still, this is Alan Moore we're talking about. This guy is almost always worth reading.
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This volume contains eight issues which culminate the climax and conclusion of Moore's American Gothic series. The climax confounded many readers at the time, despite the constant (and guided by new character John Constantine) foreshadowing of it. Here the ongoing story is the thing with only three standalone issues, one a scathing attack on gun culture, another dealing with a serial killer which was later developed and amplified by Neil Gaiman in The Sandman.
Speaking of whom, he is one of two writers who contribute introductions to the book. And here is where my grouch wakes up and gets ugly. The presentation of this series is not all that it could be and that it deserves. The paper quality is poor, little better, if that, than the paper of the original comic. The introductions were written for earlier paperback reprints of this series back in the late 80's. Something new would have been nice. Also the 8 issues per volume seems a little meager to me.
But don't let that put you off. It is what it is and it's likely to be the definitive presentation of Swamp Thing for some time so get it while you can. Every comics fan should have this series.
This volume concludes the "American Gothic" story arc that introduced John Constantine, the Hellblazer Hellblazer: Original Sins . The story tied in with the Crisis on Infinite earth and briefly introduced the "tights brigade" to Swamp Thing as they battle that huge turning point in the Dc Universe but focuses much more on a number of magical characters, including the Phantom Stranger, Deadman, The Spectre amongst others) as they join with Swamp Thing to combat the end of all things.
This series introduced John Constantine, who would go on to feature in his own series (eventually under the Vertigo label) which is still running to this day and is one of my favourite ever series. John is introduced fully formed, with the charm and humour he's still known for and with many of the friends that John would curse in one way or another over the years. I'm not sure if Alan realised quite what a brilliant character he'd introduced there. It says so much for his talent that a character brought in for one arc and then dispensed with is something many writers might go an entire career without creating.
It's another brilliant run of work from Moore, written and characterised with his usual flair. Engrossing and highly recommended.