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Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book Two (Swamp Thing, Volume 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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Alejandro
Jun 17, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
The first volume was great but the second one is even greater!


This Hardcover TPB collects "Swamp Thing" #28-34 plus Annual #2, and along with some material from "House of Secrets" #92


Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Stephen Bissette, John Tottleben, Rick Veitch & Shawn McManus


PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS

The levels of the writing, the levels of the events, the levels of the characters, all got higher and higher.

You're playing with the big boys now!

In this epic volume, Swamp Thin
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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
Oct 17, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, comics
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
Kandice
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
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Joseph
May 31, 2009 Joseph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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J.G. Keely
May 28, 2009 J.G. Keely rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, horror, reviewed
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
Peter Derk
Jan 28, 2014 Peter Derk rated it it was ok
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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Jbainnz
Mar 09, 2015 Jbainnz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sophie
Jan 14, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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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Aidan
Oct 23, 2015 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Camilo
Oct 24, 2016 Camilo rated it it was amazing
Alan Moore at his best.

Is amazing how beautifull each issue in this volume is written. Specially Annual #2, which tells the story of The Swamp Thing in search of his beloved Abigail in darkest sides of hell. Just fantastic.
Ignacio Senao f
Apr 30, 2016 Ignacio Senao f rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahora sí encontramos un tomo interesante, en el que hay historias de todo tipo: viaje al infierno por un alma perdida, inmigración marciana, nos la juega dos personajes de Sandman y un autentico viaje psicodélico.
Ryne Barber
Nov 14, 2009 Ryne Barber rated it really liked it
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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Ryan
Jan 28, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 06, 2007 Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gavin
Aug 18, 2013 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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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rob
Apr 30, 2013 rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Poonam
Apr 15, 2011 Poonam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Eric Mikols
Nov 15, 2011 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vertigo
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
Paul
Nov 01, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
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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Artemiy Nizovtsev
Jul 12, 2015 Artemiy Nizovtsev rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, vertigo
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
Elin
Jul 15, 2016 Elin rated it liked it
3.5 / 5

As a fan of the Sandman series, which is very obviously influenced by this one, it was fun to join up the dots by reading this one.

Also as a fan of Supernatural I couldn't help but wonder if this had served as an influence on the Supernatural series/ mythology as well.

What prevented me giving it a 4? I think this is partly because for me, the storyline was a touch dated. Abby Arcane is supposed to be in some way special - but she seems to be largely helpless and have no particular or us
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Tyler
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
Jay
May 18, 2011 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristin Boldon
Dec 11, 2014 Kristin Boldon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, comic-book, re-read, 2014
Will the issue "Pog" never NOT make me cry? I love it so. The image of Abby with the wire brush, the trip to hell, the hallucinogenic vegetable sex... Oh, I love this book.
Brian Penick
Dec 05, 2014 Brian Penick rated it it was amazing
I can not over emphasize the awesomeness of this series. In my opinion it represents one of the pinnacles of what comics can be. A beautiful blend of writing and art that is symmetry.
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
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Ian
Dec 04, 2011 Ian rated it it was amazing
This continues to astound me. Easily one of my favorite comic book characters ever.
Timo
Oct 25, 2010 Timo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Alan Moore. Yliarvostettu.
Wing Kee
Dec 29, 2016 Wing Kee rated it it was amazing
Pretty amazing!

World: I don't know why, as I hate 80's comic book art but I really the art here. The swamp is alive and the creature is done in such detail as to be astounding. The colors usually matte and flat in 80's books works here. The world building here by Moore is great, the tie into the DCU and the tie into the past and the supernatural makes sense and piece by piece he's creating a new mythology for Swamp Thing. That first issue is a testament.

Story: Wonderful. The story is paced well
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Swamp Thing, Volume II (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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“There are people.

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The people think they shape the stories, but the reverse if often closer to the truth.

Stories shape the world. They exist independently of people, and in places quite devoid of man, there may yet be mythologies.”
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