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Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Family Tree (Swamp Thing Vol. V #2)

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Alec Holland is back as the Swamp Thing, fully formed as the protector of The Green. Immediately upon his return, he must battle his way through the Bone Kingdom and The Rot to free his ally - and ex-girlfriend - Abigail Arcane. But will the cost of freeing her be...fighting her? Nothing, not even this titanic battle, will prepare Swampy for what he has to face next--a res ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by DC Comics
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Sam Quixote
The second volume of Scott Snyder's Swamp Thing is a mish-mash of storylines collected together to form a fragmentary whole - there's the conclusion to the Sethe storyline from the first volume, Anton Arcane is introduced and attempts a kidnapping, we get the #0 issue showing the origins of Swamp Thing, there's Alec Holland and Abby Arcane's first meeting, and we get dropped right into the middle of the Rotworld Event. Lotta stuff, right?

First off, the Sethe storyline from the first book was goo
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Sesana
Well, this was... I don't know. The collection kicks off with the conclusion to the Sethe storyline, which is rushed to an almost criminal degree. It felt very much like Snyder wanted (needed?) to get that storyline out of the way to set up the next. Which is odd, because it's followed by several filler-type issues. Giving Animal Man time to catch up, maybe? And then there's the last issue (which was, I believe, the annual) which seems totally unconnected, chronologically, to the issue before it ...more
Kyle
Sep 19, 2014 Kyle rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: dcu
I couldn't wait to jump into this after the rather amazing first volume of the series. I tore through this in one sitting, I just couldn't wait to find out what was in store for Alec Holland.

Volume two isn't quite as good as its predecessor; however, it is still very enjoyable if not because of the steadily building lead-up to the war against the Rot, then definitely because of the gross and gory artwork. There are some amazingly horrific images in these pages, so if horror is your thing, then t
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Paul
As I mentioned on my review of the first Trade compilation of these comics,
I read these as individual issues as they came out... my first impression was that it had nice art, but that the story wasn't really going anywhere.
I then re-read the entire first 12 issues in a single sitting.
Yes, the story is slow, you can tell that they were intended more for a trade compilation than to be read as singles, but there IS a story.
The art matches well with pretty much with the rest the new DC 52... which i
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I liked this one better than the first. I don't know if it's because it gives us some background on Alec and in particular how his fate became entangled with Abigail. The battle between the Green and the Rot feels epic. In this book, we see that the battle also involves the other vital force, the Red, which is the animal primal nature.

I really like the concept of plantlife being powerful and sentient. I think it's because I love plants and I am a keen gardener. I feel like that part of me that
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Alan
Making my way, albeit slowly, through some of the DCNU launches/re-launches and I've mixed feelings on this one. In part, because taking Swamp Thing away from the Vertigo line and placing him in the DCNU seems to have little effect on the character. The horror might be more of a physical threat than a psychological one, but this remains a horror title for the most part and the lead character is unchanged. The significant changes are to Abigail Arcane and the introduction of the Rot.

I wanted to l
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Mike
Not quite the amazing experience of the first book, still not quite an average comic. This time around, the dread takes a back seat to action and fast-moving plot points. Nothing seems to linger too long - like Snyder is in a rush to get somewhere better, but what could be better than epic struggles between the most primordial forces of the world?

We see death and ressurection (or last-minute comic book "saving throws") cycle through these issues so fast that it feels like a compressed version of
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Mabel
I love how, in this New 52 crossover event between Animal Man and Swamp Thing, Swamp Thing is distinctively written as a horror comic while Animal Man stands out as a book about a family man struggling with his superhero identity. In this way, both titles remain true to their origins and are self-aware of the things Grant Morrison and Alan Moore did in the '80s to make them great.

Whereas the totems of The Red in Animal Man have consistently pointed out that there is nothing evil about The Rot, (
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William Thomas
The first time I ever saw the Swamp Thing was when my dad showed me the movie on HBO very late one night, the one directed by Wes Craven that is super terrible but so good at the same time. Too bad Alan Moore's comics were not friendly reading for 7 year-olds.

Vertigo titles were never really my thing until I hit about sophomore year in high school, or until the ass-end of Sandman, whichever came first. Black Orchid, Kid Eternity, stuff like that just seemed so severely and intentionally opaque a
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Federico
Meno potente del primo volume. Si vede che Snyder e Lemire avevano da far tornare le cose per arrivare a Rotworld.
Il centro della storia (e la cosa più interessante) resta, comunque, l'amore di Alec Holland e Abigail Arcane e leggersi una storiellina illustrata da Becky Cloonan non fa mai male.
Bello, al solito, il delirio organico del Rot anche se, per noi italiani cresciuti a Splatter e Dylan Dogghi, l'horror "mainstream" americano fa un po' un baffo. Tranne il cervello che strangola il bambi
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Matthew Lloyd
Broadly speaking, Swamp Thing is an OK story beautifully told. The art is variable, largely because there are a number of different artists at work here, but it is all good - it's just that some is better. So, for example, the flashback story told in the Annual ("The Hidden") avoids the common use of either the Rot or foliage as an alternative panel boundary which is common in the main storyline (and in the "present"/"future" framing story of the Annual) except on the pages where Abby first appe ...more
Jbainnz
Although it's not as incredibly amazing as the previous book it's still a bloody solid volume.

The thing I LOVE LOVE LOVED about the first volume was that it never felt rushed. The story moved forward at an excellent pace letting you get a feel for everyone. The book was a bit more incoherent making some sections feel a tad rushed, and some left me wandering "what the f**k did I just miss?". So we see the story of Sethe wrapped up, or is it? I have read a few reviews about how this story felt li
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Hakim
After having enjoyed the first volume, "Raise Them Bones", which left me excited about the rest of Scott Snyder's run on Swamp Thing, I couldn't help but feeling a little bit let down by "Family Tree".

Don't get me wrong, this second volume is a great read. It collects different storylines (a lot of flashbacks) that were action-packed for the most part and well-written and drawn. Moreover, the introduction of the very powerful villain Anton Arcane to the mythos makes the story even more interest
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Anchorpete
Alright, enough of the Rot. Enough of Anton Arcane.

No, I am just kidding, bring me more, but why do you have to be so terrifying? I love Scott Snyder, but I love him when he is showing off his horror story skills. It shows up in his current Batman Work, but damn, Swamp Thing and American Vampire, and even the Wake are just perfect examples of how excellent he is. Along with Steve Niles, he is a perfect example of what a modern day horror comic writer should be.

The first trade for this New 52 ser
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Cale
This is a transition book, collecting some loose pieces and setting up the third volume, Rotworld. It resolves the conflict of the first volume fairly quickly, with about two issues, and develops the Swamp Thing (and Abby) in creative new ways, while also reintroducing a classic Swamp Thing villain in a way that is in keeping with the series. Much of this book focuses on the past, including a zero issue that is actually pretty interesting, detailing the first meeting between Alec and Abby, long ...more
Charles
Very disjointed. Cool but confusing artwork. Am hoping this cleans itself up in further volumes....
Adelaide Metzger
Even though I gave this volume the same rating as the first, I have to say that I liked this one more.

Why?

ARCANE, baby!
Ugh! Said to one of the creepiest and most evil villains in the DC universe, Scott Snyder has taken Arcane and used him productively in this New 52 version of Swamp Thing. In Alan Moore’s version, Arcane is simply a demon from Hell that uses rot and death to war against the life that the Swamp Thing stands for. However, after reading the Arcane one shot issue, I both love and
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Nathan
I love Animal Man so it was natural that I love Swamp Thing...dare I say more so than beloved Buddy Baker? Well at least for this collection of stories.

The art is amazing, Yannick Paquette and Marco Rudy are great but Francesco Francavilla shines in this collection. His art is perfect for the story and the shot of a run over deer staring longingly at Abbey Arcane is going to stick with me for awhile and I mean that in the best way possible. Also forgot too add that Becky Cloonan drew a great por
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sixthreezy
I loved the first volume of the New 52 Swamp Thing, and there are so many reasons for that love. One, it's written by Scott Snyder who in recent years has proved himself to be one of the better new talents in comic writing. Currently working on the main title for Batman, he's frequently proven capable of blending dark elements into super hero stories that make them beautiful on the page and in your mind. Also, Swamp Thing has been one of the better drawn titles of the New 52 behind only Batwoman ...more
Michael Church
I'll give it this much: I liked it better than Volume 1. The art is still good, but feels like it's trying to hard to be what it isn't naturally. The story is markedly better now that Alec Holland has stopped whining about how he doesn't want to take up the responsibility and has just decided to kick some @$$. And that's what he does. You see the impressive display of Swampy's powers in this and it's considerably more satisfying action than the "run away!" of the previous installments. What's mo ...more
Peter
Hey, some spoilers ahead.

This volume of Swamp Thing goes in parallel with the latest New 52 Animal Man comics. Both are fighting The Rot. I really like this other-worldly superhero / horror type of comic more so than your standard tights and capes comics. The art is great, weird, and disgusting. The writing is good, although might be a little heavy on the "I'll get you!" side of things.

The first team of artists in this volume has every "panel" packed with really disgusting fights. The reason I
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Fizzgig76
Reprints Swamp Thing (5) #0, 8-11, and Annual #1 (June 2012-December 2012). Swamp Thing is reborn and literally trying to find his roots as he adjusts to his new powers. Unfortunately, the threat of the Rot is growing, and it could turn Alec’s love Abigail Arcane against him. If Swamp Thing can stop Abigail from succumbing to the darkness inside of her, can he stop the return of his immortal enemy and emissary of the Rot Anton Arcane?

Written by Scott Snyder (with help from Scott Tuft on Swamp Th
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Gavin
I didn't enjoy this as much as Volume 1, but it was still very good.
Swamp Thing looks badass here, with wings and antlers, and kicks some serious ass in his showdown with Sethe. Trying to free Abby from his clutches, but is it too late? Or is Abby even more powerful than ever known?
The art is great for the horrific nature of the book.
Also an old enemy returns, even stronger than ever, Swamp Thing's greatest enemy ever (as well as Alec Holland's).
There's also some good work that tells how Hollan
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Herman Gigglethorpe
This wasn't quite as good as the first volume, but then again it might be "middle book syndrome".

Swamp Thing goes more into straight action in this volume, and we get good scenes of both Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane beating up the undead menace. Issue 0 is included here to fill in the scenes where Alec Holland first met Abby and his archenemy Anton Arcane, connecting the Rot storyline to the origin story. The arc ends with Animal Man locating Swamp Thing and both characters seeing a portal to
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Jake Forbes
Another volume in which a distinct horror voice is drowned out by the burden of the character's legacy. The conclusion of the Sethe storyline from volume 1 is gorgeously illustrated but frustratingly abrupt. Anton Arcane's return brings choppy bits of backstory, culminating in a prequel story bookended by a confusing continuity jump. I'm sure Snyder has a great Swamp Thing story in him, which makes this mostly jumbled volume all the more disappointing.
Christopher
As much as I enjoyed the annual issue towards the end of this volume, the majority of it isn't particularly memorable. I know the point of the Swamp Thing and Animal Man series were to incorporate the "greatest hits" of the Vertigo imprint, but neither series really benefits from being attached to a more super-heroic tone of writing and art, though both series stay truer to Vertigo in that they hew more towards the grotesque than your average superhero book.
Andrew Kunka
There are some moments in this collection where Scott Snyder seems to be successfully channeling the horror elements that have made Swamp Thing great in the past. In addition, this collection contains some outstanding art by Yanick Paquette, Kano, Francesco Francavilla, and Becky Cloonan. Paquette is particularly able to call up the work of Steve Bissette and John Totleben. However, the story Snyder tells here, which continues from the previous collection and continues in the following, does not ...more
Joshua Bonno
I enjoyed (immensely) the continuation of Scott Snyder's swamp thing in issues 8-11 - that being said the shift to issue #0 and annual #1 is a bit abrupt as far as placement. Enjoyable issues by themselves - but I would have liked to have continued with issue 12&13 in their place. I love the art (especially Yanick Paquette) and swamp thing gets my soul.
Jacob
My biggest gripe with this book was the main artist Yanick Paquette only drew 2/6 of it. I bought both Swamp Thing books mainly because his name was in the credits. Although he can draw anything, Paquette wasn't really a good fit for the title because he draws the fairer sex best and the story doesn't serve that purpose. He didn't draw all six issues in the prior book, but I think he drew at least half of it. I just didn't care about the characters or the recyclable, constant plot of plants figh ...more
Paige
This was definitely a filler story for when Swamp Thing teams up with Animal Man. It just didn't have the same impact as the first one and after reading Animal Man Vol. 3 I'm expecting the next volume of Swamp Thing to be where the really interesting story comes in. This was still a nice read, had a little bit more background then the first volume and had a overall good plot to it. The best analogy I have is that it was a pleasant stepping stone to the bigger story, just not a very eventful one.
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.
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