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Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death (Swamp Thing Vol. II #2)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  5,574 ratings  ·  209 reviews
What Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben accomplished during their time on the comic book series Swamp Thing shouldn't be underestimated in the history of comics and, specifically, the history of horror comics. The modern comics landscape has been changed by the Vertigo line of books--an imprint that traces its roots back to this version of Swamp Thing. By taki ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Vertigo (first published March 1985)
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I liked the first volume of Moore's Swamp Thing, but wow. This was something else again. The large storyline that takes up most of the volume is fantastic, eerie, and perfectly ties up nearly every loose end that I saw from the previous volume. One issue is a tribute to Pogo, and once I warmed up to it, it ended up being unexpectedly bittersweet and lovely. (I think anybody who's already familiar with Pogo would get way more out of this issue than I did.) Rites of Spring surprised me by the way ...more
David Schaafsma
Well, this is one of the classics from Alan Moore. Saying anything against it would be like saying something against The Holy Bible itself. It does feel like it has a place in comics history in a number of ways. There's the inclusion of a Walt Kelly "Pogo" Tribute which felt sorta weird and out of place for me, (but you know, it's an ol' Louisiana swamp story, that Pogo, so here is Moore paying his respects to former comics greats and creating a little layering of comic history into his tale, ty ...more
Now I get it. I wasn't blown away by the first volume, but volume two makes it clear why people rave about Moore's Swamp Thing.

I'm not sure why I liked this volume so much more. Possibly, it just seems more epic and more suited to the adventures of a creature that is an elemental force, rather than merely another action hero. For me, at least, Swamp Thing's physicality should seem almost an afterthought.

Now, I kind of understand where Moore is going. Swamp Thing makes more sense; his supporting
The first volume was Moore setting up his character as a "Moore" character. Layered, powerful, emotional and above all real. It matters not a wit that Alec has become swamp slime, flora and fauna. In Moore's hands he is a human being with real emotions and drives. I loved this!

There was wide variety in the type of tale told here. I have no idea how much input Moore had as to which illustrator/inker did which issues, but whoever made those decisions made the correct ones! The story arc that imita
Peter Derk
How it hurts my heart to say this.

Purple prose out the ass.

This book, like the first volume, has some great moments. Even incredible. But boy, parts of it feel like they were written because someone bought way too much ink and had to kill off a few vats.

I'm going to do some theorizing here. I think what we're seeing, looking back almost 30 years now, is the growing pains of comic books. The teenage years when feelings were FEELINGS and came at a cost. Not only that, but comics were working hard
J.G. 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
This is such a freakin' good book!

I think this has become one of my favourite titles at the moment, and it's freaking 30 years old! The art is beautiful and the writing is perfection. Who knew a horror based title could give you such warm fuzzies as you read it's. Alan Moore creates such a believable character, along with the colourful world around it.

I loved the guest appearances by Phantom Stranger, Deadman, The Spectre and seeing Etrigan the demon was a treat as well.

Low point: The filler
Moore's rich and evocative writing evokes a palpable sense of dread, and the artwork of the afterlife has a sense of horror Hieronymus Bosch would have been proud of. All of this, a guest appearance by Deadman and 'Rite of Spring' (a hallucinatory issue that stretches the bounds of human consciousness AND comic writing). Buy it for someone who is a newcomer to comics but hasn't realised their literary potential. Yet.
I was reading this on the train, and it was fairly light outside. But the more I read, the more I was pulled into the story - I remember thinking I was surrounded by nothing but darkness (it was while reading Abandoned House) and then being startled when I happened to look up. That's how amazing this is.

It's also genuinely scary and creepy. And gorgeous to look at (no thanks to the printing, but you get the idea and it's incredible). Comic art that pushes boundaries and works so very well with
Ryne Barber
Swamp Thing has been around for as long as I can remember - I used to own a comic in the '90s where Swamp Thing and this other lady were having some sweet loving. It wasn't any of the issues out of this collection, but I'm pretty sure it was an Alan Moore story, so the memory isn't totally out of context. Anyway, Vertigo's reissue of Alan Moore's seminal story is collected in a nice hardcover volume that, for this book, includes issues 28 - 34 of the series.

I never realized how fantastic Swamp T
I feel stupid reviewing this. But I want to say, SKIP GAIMAN'S INTRO and continue right to the horror within. The "Arcane Trilogy" as the collective has come to call it, is amongst the best comics ever inked. It seems like before this, horror comics were scary because of the images (which is true for these comics, too (the images of Hell among the best created)), but after this, the visual medium was both pushed to the side in favor of writing ("Down Amongst the Dead Men" has Moore at a Milton-l ...more
A masterpiece from Moore. Taking a character who started out as a horror comic monster, and using him as the lens through which to examine humanity was a great idea, and works well on so many levels. No longer Alec Holland, the Swamp Thing merely retains his essence, but is entirely non-human, and in the first issue, 'The Burial' finally puts the body and soul of Holland to rest. The humanity and grace with which this story is told just really illustrates the skill Moore has as a writer.
The next
My reading through Alan Moore's oeuvre comes, ironically enough, with one of his earliest North American works, and one of the ones he's best known for. I'm actually surprised that it took me this long to get to reading it, due to how influential it is compared to a lot of his other work - it's been argued that without Swamp Thing, Vertigo Comics would never have coalesced, which I think would have had a huge impact on how comics are formatted and marketed today (especially regarding the now-rou ...more
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The Swamp thing gets himself a girlfriend. Wait, I shouldn't have blurted out like this. But, this is not much of a spoiler since Swamp Thing edition by Alan Moore is rerun of original Swamp Thing popular issues. Yet, no prior knowledge is required.

Graphics are as before vibrant; colour and inking is as dark as possible. The one issue that I didn't like in this comic was Pog, with their Lewis Carrol-ish 'portmanteau words'. I thought that story interrupted the flow in the book as was bit annoyi
Eric Mikols
This series is surprisingly entertaining for me. I don't know why, since I enjoy Alan Moore, 80's comics, the dark magic of DC, and creature heroes. Really, this comic has it all and gets it right. The art is amazing and always goes beyond the call of duty. The stories are intelligently written and are always foreboding, leaving you almost afraid to turn the page. This is horror that only comics can do; creepy, detailed, and intriguing. While all the stories were well done, the last chapter of t ...more
The first volume was great but the second one is even greater! The levels of the writing, the levels of the events, the levels of the characters, all got higher and higher. This collection of hard covers are mandatory to have for any Alan Moore fan. In here, Alan Moore is in total control of the title and he shows that he had a clear view not only of where the story was "in the present" but also where the story will be "on the future" of the title. Nothing is random. Each issue has a solid purpo ...more
Moore continues his ground-breaking re-interpretation of everybody's favorite muck monster.
This time we're treated to a road-story... but unlike any other road story we've ever been onin a graphic novel up to now.
I think by this time, DC's editors had discovered they had a hit on their hands thanks to Moore and gave him way more leeway in his story telling.... Moore probably noticed this and decided to take risks and chances a "new" writer would have trouble getting thru the editing process.
Frank Terry
More or less, this is genius. There were a couple pieces here and there I didn't enjoy as much, but the high points are just fucking brilliant.

These stories are no holds barred - the vision here reminds me so much of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead - an artist functioning at the height of brilliance without a shred of remorse or fear - a pure vision to tell his stories. Or just purely brilliant stories themselves being told.

The art is incredible and beautiful, the way the mansion early on is
Saoirse Adams-Kushin
[This review applies to vol. 1-3 but most of the things I mention specifically come from this one]

I’ve been reading comics for more than a decade and it’s time to admit it publicly: I’m pretty sick of Alan Moore. That said, on the writing end, these are decently-crafted horror stories; especially fond of the issue with the underwater vampires. The series really begins to hit its stride in “Love and Death” in volume two; unfortunately, this being an Alan Moore book, the way it hits its stride is
The brilliance of Book 1 of Saga of the Swamp Thing continues in Book 2. It starts with a nice introduction by Jamie Delano and then a detailed foreward by Neil Gaiman. Gaiman's foreward sets the perfect feel and mood to begin this book. He throws in his thoughts on each of the comics that have been compiled to form Book 2, and as you would expect, his comments are clear, precise, and provide additional information that will make you appreciate these stories all the more. He also gives an insigh ...more
Victor Orozco
Amazing. I have never really read Swamp Thing before. The only thing that got me interested was the short lived animated series and the feature length films with Dick Durock. I've heard so much hype on Alan Moore's re-imagining of the character I wondered if it wasn't going to live up to it.

Thankfully I was wrong. Alan Moore wrote a classic. Interesting turn in that Swamp Thing is not Alec Holland but the nature spirit awoken by Holland. Even so, this being is truly human as Alec was. Full of hu
Artemiy Nizovtsev
This volume was much better than the first one. It was brilliant, even. Weird, cool, (extremely) trippy, eerie. I love the artwork and all the fiddling with layouts, this book is absolutely gorgeous to look at. Every page turn is an anticipation, and you almost always get rewarded with something extraordinary. The last chapter is an apogee, being basically a wild hallucinogenic trip that forces you to physically rotate the book several times (a bit of a bummer reading digitally). The vertical do ...more
Jon Carroll
The Moore/Bissette/Tottleben run on Swamp Thing really develops its voice in the second volume. Abby's encounter with her uncle Arcane is one of the most horrific things to ever happen to a character in a piece of fiction and it transitions into Swamp Thing's literal and figurative descent into Hell (equal parts Dante and Orpheus) and the psychedelic love song that is the Rite of Spring. The issues in this volume feel even more of a piece with each other than the first, though I think the openin ...more
When I first read Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run years ago, I remember this volume being the one. I mean, it has the Swamp Thing travels to hell issue and the plant sex issue! And it's definitely still good, but not as godlike as I remember. It feels a bit clunky in places, especially the plant sex issue. And while I still really admire Bissette and Totleben's art, I see shortcoming that I didn't before. They do great close-ups, but things look a bit off in their long shots, and the layouts, while ...more
E.R. Torre
The Burial, the return of Arcane, and...Swamp Sex?!

This second reprint of Alan Moore's tremendously successful Swamp Thing run proves a little more hit and miss for me upon revisiting it after all these years. The first story, from issue 28, is one of my favorite stand-alones, "The Burial". It involves our "new" Swamp Thing addressing the old version and is a beautiful, emotional story.

After this we go back to raw horror for the return of Swampy's nemesis Arcane. These issues, which lead up to t
Ryan Viergutz
Wow, I can't even begin to summarize my whole feelings on this story.

It's pretty simple in its basics: it's Beauty and the Beast, with a puzzled gothic heroine and the soul of her dead lover, reincarnated as a giant swamp plant monster.

The directions it takes, though, that's the amazing part. Because it involves an Apocalypse, piles of buzzing flies, disturbing psychological horror, THE PITS OF HELL, and a straightaway surrealistic plant sex scene where Abby EATS PART OF THE SWAMP THING.

I can ea
This volume is where the comic truly started to terrify me. It is Essential reading for comic fans, Moore expertly utilizes the comic form. I recommend buying it just to read the annual #2 where Swamp Thing goes to hell to retrieve a soul and #34 a strangely sexy and psychedelic issue about Abby and Swamp Thing sharing/making love
Adrian Astur Alvarez
When people talk about the genius of Alan Moore, the kind of writing in this volume is what they are referring to. He elevates his medium to a higher art both in his visual ideas as well as language. There are many ways I could gush about how fantastic this volume of work is: the story structure, the dazzling visual expressions (notably the drug/sex/nature commune scenes in issue #34), the deftly written lines of horror (is there a better example of genre writing than the Halo of Flies issue?). ...more
Reprints The Saga of the Swamp Thing #28-#34 and The Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #2 (September 1984-March 1985). Swamp Thing is adjusting to his new life and new realization that he has never been Alec Holland. Swamp Thing must bury the past and finds himself in a life or death battle for Abby Cable who discovers a horrifying truth about her husband Matt and an accident that occurred which will change all of their lives forever.

Written by Alan Moore, Saga of the Swamp Thing—Book 2 continues A
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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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