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Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book Two (Swamp Thing Vol. II #2)

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The Plant Elemental comes to terms with his true origins and travels to the depths of Hell. Features appearances by Cain and Abel, the Spectre, the Demon, Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger. Also includes the classic first appearance of the Swamp Thing from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, woven into the present day continuity.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Vertigo (first published March 1985)
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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
Sesana
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
Joseph
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
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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
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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
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
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R
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
Ryan
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
Hunter
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Poonam
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
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Alejandro
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
Sophie
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
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Paul
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.
Than
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Hamish
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
Fizzgig76
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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Jeff
Horror, sophisticated suspense. Whatever you wanna call it, this genre doesn't do much for me. I was most interested in the eventually amusing "POG" story about the landing on Earth of a crew of extra-terrestrials who resemble non-human animals we all know. Each issue before that failed to entice me at all. The finale, however + alas, contained a nicely executed style change to mirror a crucial psychological change in the female lead character (i don't remember her name, because she's more of a ...more
Jay
It amazes me what the format of a graphic novel allows. I wish I had started reading graphic novels sooner. The emotions in these stories are incredible.
Evan
Bissette, Totleben, and McManus are the stars here more than Moore. Swamp Thing is essentially a guide for how to perfectly structure your visual narrative, how to layout your comic book. So friggin beautiful. The last issue here is insane.

Moore does well to make these arcs more compelling: the glimpse at the Wein/Wrightson era was neat, the story has hopefully shrugged off all its baggage although it did drag along the way there, nice to see Cain/Abel from Sandman, and the Pog episode was real
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Ian
This continues to astound me. Easily one of my favorite comic book characters ever.
Joel Ortiz-Quintanilla
This is grade A writing and art in comics. I was floored when I read all these volumes, they really pushed the envelope in comics writing and if I was to compare all comics to these, most comics would fare way below the line, this is something that one must read to understand what it is I am saying. I do like Moore's writing, but it is these swamp things where I think he excels, these comic books deserve to be read and spoken about, elaborated in college courses, for he tells tales that rival Ed ...more
Timo
Alan Moore. Yliarvostettu.
Zena V.
I try to keep in mind that this was written in 1985, but it is still difficult not to constantly have objections about everything back then. Abbie barely says anything most of the time, is victimized in a whole bunch of this and the first TPB. The God as he or she thing was annoying, "you mean God is a WOMAN?" "oh sorry, so God actually isn't a woman?! COOL"�. the "pale as a beautiful flower" thing made me roll my eyes a million times over ( I really don't get the beauty standards set up around ...more
Mario
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

I like this volume even more than the first. It is one of the few truly revolutionary comics (Julian Darius demonstrated as such in a very interesting three part article in which he attempts, and succeeds, in understanding the bad blood between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. It is an excellent article and you should check in out on Sequart). It is with the issues collected in Book Two that Moore goes from telling an excellent
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D.M.
I suspect most people feel this is a landmark volume for Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing, and I can't say they're wrong. Herein we get: the story of what's going on with Matt Cable since the crash; a moving little ghost story with a burial at the end; the series' tribute to Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip, handled in a charming and touching fashion; Swamp Thing's trek through the afterlife with some DC-celebrity guides; and, of course, the striking love story consummation of 'Rite of Spring.' It's ...more
Mel
I'm continuing to enjoy Swamp Thing. I must say I was a little dissappointed that the evil flies that returned were a previously defeated villian, it just felt a bit too much like a comic book cliche. But apart from that it was a very creepy story to start out the collection. I'm really liking Abi, even when she doesn't do much. Swamp thing's descent into hell to save her was very sweet. The story about the cute little aliens felt a little out of place after such a dark adventure! But it was qui ...more
Olivia
The pattern for me and Moore's work is to dislike it somewhat on the first reading, have it stuck in the back of my mind for some time and realize its appeal and brilliance after a while. It may very well be the case for this series, but my initial reaction is disappointment. Although the series and approach to character may have been groundbreaking when written, by now the comic's shock value has been erased by the stories that followed in the same vein.

Sandman is the most notable example for
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Adelaide Metzger
I’ve been good lately--walking into Barnes & Noble or a used book store and not buying anything. Saving my money and stuff. Well, this book broke that streak. I bought it, read it in a couple hours, and now I have to get the rest. Also, because of this book, Swamp Thing is my now my favorite DC character, (I’m counting him as a DC character because I need a top fav DC character that I actually care about, but I understand that Vertigo has full ownage over this character).
This volume is gre
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James
Having read and enjoyed the first volume a while back, I figured I'd continue with this one and was glad I did. I was captivated from beginning to end, due to both Moore's poetic writing as well as the talented team of artists. I also liked the twists -- such as Abby's estranged husband becoming possessed by Anton Arcane -- because I thought they were handled quite well since they weren't predictable.

While I thought the first volume was more than a practice run for Moore, I thought his writing m
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Vleegoodfellow
Chapter's 1 & 3 are solid stories, with most of Chapter 5 being solid, except for muddling a bit in the end, but ending on an incredibly tender and human visual and verbal note. Chapter 5 uses a neat creative technique of showing random people outside of the story's immediate surroundings "turning" suggesting their alignment with the story's evil antagonist. Chapter 4 doesn't quite work in terms of its bugs metaphor but contains some of the best art to be found in Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, B ...more
Gavin
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
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