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Reviewed in the United States on September 21, 2014
And we come to the end of the arc "American Gothic" and the final confrontation between light and darkness. In these stories the role of Constantine grows from a mere assistant to a key partner of the Swamp Thing, responsible for his "training" to achieve a new semi-divine status. In these stories becomes even clearer the mastery of Alan Moore's writing on various perspectives, giving depth to the characters. And it is clear also that both Neil Gaiman and his Sandman owe a lot to Moore, the mood of the stories, the use of characters such as Cain and Abel and Constantine himself and the entire idea behind Doll's House. This is the last work of Bissete and Totleben in the title, and they've been absent in several stories, despite all the substitutes maintain the same style, which ensures the fluidity and uniformity of the stories. The first story "Windfall" is a moral tale about the effects of the fruit that falls from the Swamp Thing and the way it affects different people.
"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.
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