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Swamp Thing, Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing (Swamp Thing Vol. II #1)

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Before WATCHMEN, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book THE SWAMP THING. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history.

With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, SWAMP THING's

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Paperback, 173 pages
Published February 23rd 1998 by Vertigo (first published 1983)
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Patrick
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
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Keely
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 more and more 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 alway ...more
Brad
I am meat.
A beast of blood
Who tramples
Creatures of chlorophyll.

I am violence.
A rage machine
Who murders
From birth to death.

I am delusion.
An equivocator
Who justifies
The lives he ends.

I am hubris.
A believer in me
Who knows that
Else-life is mine.

I am man.
I am a man.
I am hu-man.
I am meat.
Matt
Oct 28, 2008 Matt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Matt by: Dan Connors
This made me question if I should have gotten my Watchmen tattoo, because it made me realize that there are comics out there that I haven't read yet that have the potential to be just as good if not better than Watchmen, and this is one of those. Then I remembered that Alan Moore wrote both Watchmen and this. I should have gotten an Alan Moore tat is the problem. Seriously, one of the greatest things I've ever read.
Sam Quixote
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 b ...more
Riku Sayuj

The best part of this Saga is the hype that surrounds it and invites the reader into the swamp. It is supposed to be Moore's first real foray, it is supposed to be an environmental hyper-roar. Of course, in the end it turns out that most of the stuff is just trippy.

The introductory pages were quite something though - they built this one up unlike any other comic I have read. Moore for instance goes on this vein before introducing the story to the reader:

One of the major factors separating comi
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Nicole Cushing
I enjoyed this one more than WATCHMEN. Moore inherited a clunky origin story for Swamp Thing, and immediately went about rebooting the series by questioning some core assumptions of the previous continuity. This sort of maneuver could have been poorly executed, but it's this re-imagining of Swamp Thing as a creature embracing his "monsterness" (rather than yearning for its "lost" humanity) that gives this book its brilliance. I also love how Swamp Thing's non-violent (sort of) approach to the vi ...more
Sesana
I am pretty sure this is the first I've read of Swamp Thing. I have a vague memory of Swamp Thing guest starring in an issue of a trade I read long ago, but that hardly counts. So I don't have a background in what Alan Moore is doing here that's different from what came before. What must have been a big reveal to those who had read Swamp Thing before him (view spoiler) comes so ear ...more
Alejandro
If you are a fan of Alan Moore, you must read these hard covers. 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 Swamp Thing in the same way after to read them. I was more 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 ...more
Jemir
Nov 22, 2014 Jemir rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jemir by: 87
"Retconning" has been a point of contention and debate within comic book fan and professional circles for years. The word, when used by its general meaning in regards to big company comic book story telling, is used to describe the act of taking either events or moments of a characters' (or teams) history and saying either:

1. Past canonical events or moments never happened
2. Those same moments happened in ways different from original tellings (due mostly to updates to the characters' current or
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Matt Garcia
Great atmospheric horror comic. The writing is crisp yet eloquent and the artwork is top notch. Swamp Thing is a tragic character and Moore does an admirable job making him sympathetic to the reader. I liked it but didn't love it however this is not a detriment to the collection at all. It is an eerie yarn spun by a very talented writer
Peter Derk
This one gets points for being a brilliant reinvention of a fairly silly character. Something that really shouldn't be any good.

This book is a nice jumping-on point if you're curious about what happened to comics in the mid-80's, the time when everything got pretty dark. It certainly qualifies as a piece of history in that respect.

Great moments in this one, but the art certainly feels specific to its time.

I've started wondering if the art and the trends within comic book art might be something
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Stephen
2.5 stars. Not bad, but not up to the level of much of Moore's other work V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1 and Watchmen to name just a few. Parts of it were very well done, but not enough to push it up another star.
Gabriel
What do you do when you kill a supernatural creature?

You bring it back to life and revise all you ever knew about the horror contained within.

That is what Alan Moore's opening stories did for Swamp Thing. We learn horrible truths that paint anything that came before (lucky for me, all of this was included in a three page introduction/summary of the history of Swamp Thing's storyline) in a wash of black ... and that is just within the first twenty pages. Such a twist must have consequences, both
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Kandice
This was fantastic! I hope that didn't come across as surprise because I am never surprised by the genius of Moore. I am often thrilled and delighted by it, but surprised? Never!

Moore is so respectful of those who wrote Swamp Thing before him. Episode 20 is all about his tribute to them, cleaning up their story lines and keeping house. Moore's Swamp Thing really shows up in episode 21.

Moore's characters are always more than the sum of their parts and there are no exceptions in these pages. Even
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Emily Green
While Saga of the Swamp Thing is not the first Alan Moore comic I have read, it is by far my favorite. Among the Moore works that I have read, including The Watchmen, I have been deeply disturbed by his need to use rape as a plot device. While I believe that it is important to discuss violence against women and violence in general, and that it should not be ignored, I don’t feel comfortable with it becoming a way to move the plot forward. How anyone can justify Moore’s liberal use of rape is bey ...more
Jbainnz
So a few months ago I finally got down to reading Alan Moore's Watchmen. And I was so surprised how relevant it felt even though it came out 30 years ago. I was inspired that a graphic novel that old could still stand it ground against today's market. I fell in love with Scott Snyder's run on the revamped New 52 Swamp Thing. A whole new world was revealed and all of a sudden my eyes were open to this beautiful yet brutal character called Swamp Thing. So I decided I wanted to delve deeper into th ...more
Myke
The beginning of a classic run by Alan Moore. The Swamp Thing begins to feel that he has no purpose after the death of a longstanding enemy until he his captured by James Woodrue who believes himself to be a champion of the environment. A second story line involves Swamp Things human companion Abigail Cable taking a job helping autistic children, one of whom is troubled by "the monkey king" in a story which involves an entity that becomes the physical embodiment of a persons fear.
Rascal Drrmrmrr
This is all around great. Tried to read it slow but couldn't. I've always been find of swamp thing but how he is written here is so solid. Non-human trying to find a sense of humanity and just kicking butt idk just really loved it.
David Leslie
What can I say about Alan Moores 6 trade hard/softbacks worth of books apart from the most sublime series of comics EVER written.This is 'Moore at his very best,where Watchmen could be argued to be over calculated to the point of being cold(don't get me wrong Watchmen is a masterpiece of graphic storytelling)then this reads like Moore at his most free/poetic/warm-hearted & the amount of heart among the horrors in this run is one of its most indearing qaulities.As a huge fan of many of 'Moore ...more
David
My first introduction of comic book as art.

As a young child, I read X-Men and Batman comic books. When I was older, I found the storylines were too silly to keep paying money for and quit reading them. As a teenager, I drove younger friends to the local comic shop and the owner recomended I pick up Swamp Thing. I was hooked again and it was the first comic I started reading seriously. It quickly led to a discovery of independent comics that could carry great storylines for adults. Though I quit
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Gavin
Very good stuff, enjoyable, engaging, and philosophical without being dense. There's a few page section where Swamp Thing has to choose between holding on to a memory of 'his' dead wife or his humanity, and it is brilliant.
The major antagonist in this one is very well written (Jason Woodrue) because he's not wholly evil at all, and in fact, he's just misguided until Swamp Thing points out the inherit logical flaw in his vision.
Appearance by the Justice League, but they don't do much at all other
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Haniel Barbosa
Capas são importantes! Eu comprei esse encadernado (na época uma compra difícil pra mim) pela capa. Pode-se dizer que os comentários eram bons, que era do Moore, mas o diferencial foi a capa. E que capa. E que sorte que eu dei.

A primeira estória do encadernado foi uma improvisada que o Moore deu pra fazer uma ponte entre o arco antigo e o que ele ia começar com o personagem. Nada demais, mas já tinha seus momentos.

A partir da segunda, no entanto... "Haverá sangue? Gosto de imaginar que sim. Pre
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Printable Tire
Jeez, I think I must've read bits and pieces of this collection dozens of times over the years, but not in sequential order. I've taken Vol. 1-4 (and 6) of Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing out of the library, and I'm excited about the other volumes because they probably won't be as creepily familiar.

I'm not sure if Alan Moore is overrated- he certainly is a workhorse, publishing what I can only guess is hundreds of comic books in his career, all of at least decent if not excellent quality. I thin
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Hunter
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Kevin Mann
Love the writing. No surprise there! But i Did not care for the too safe, bland pedestrian 1980s art in places....In some places, the art actually grew on me a little bit (like a Swamp Thing!) and i started to feel more forgiving.... .... But , honestly, i hate this style of comic art...... Overall, On one hand i would say this work is vastly overrated, but on the other hand, once i got going on it, i DID want to keep plowing and find out what happens next, which is a testament to Moore's abilit ...more
Patrick
I want to start off by saying that this is a decent book.

Now, with that being said, I don't believe that it would be rated as high as it is if the author wasn't Alan Moore.

The stories found inside are good, but other than Anatomy Lesson, they are nothing special.

It is also hard to take the story too serious when the main villain is a no-one with a stupid plan.

The artwork also felt a little inconsistent. I generally don't like older art in graphic novels, but the Swamp Thing and Etrigan were real
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T. Edmund
Swamp Thing has been one of those superheroes(?) that I have been aware of for some time, but never read read any of. Eventually I got my chance with THE SAGA OF THE SWAP THING. One this I can say is Swampy is certainly different. Part ecological, part humanistic, all original much unlike your typical (although would one ever expect otherwise from Moore?)
Alex
Swamp thing has an art style and story telling format very reminiscent of the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, which makes sense since both were from the same publishing house (Swamp Thing, while originally DC, was moved to the Vertigo label later) and I have the impression that Sandman's atmosphere and art were heavily influenced by Swamp Thing which first ran in the 70's. As for the story, I don't know what to say, it's definitely the kind of material that makes me think of Vertigo comics, a loo ...more
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
"Yes...I...have read...the file." - Read this book to learn why that is one of the most chilling pieces of dialogue to ever appear in a graphic novel!

I would give this edition five stars just for Alan Moore's brilliant reinvention of Swamp Thing (as well as The Floronic Man, a one-time B-lister Justice League villain who is truly terrifying this time around). But this book is more than just a reboot of a character. It's also a perfect mix of horror and drama presented in a format which had usua
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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 Egypt
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