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Rämeen olento - Ensimmäinen kirja (Swamp Thing Vol. II #1)

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On olemassa punainen ja julma maailma…
Siellä tapahtuu punaisia asioita.
Maailma syö vaimosi…
syö sinun ystäväsi…
Syö kaiken sen…
Mikä tekee sinusta ihmisen…
Ja sinusta tulee hirviö.
Legendaarisen Alan Mooren (Vartijat, Kerrassaan merkillisten herrasmiesten liiga, V niin kuin verikosto) ensimmäinen suurtyö vihdoinkin suomeksi yksissä kansissa! Rämeen olento (Swamp Thing) oli Moor...more
Hardcover, 215 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Egmont Kustannus (first published 1983)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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
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.
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
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.
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...more
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...more
Patrick
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...more
Hunter
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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
Kristen Long
I haven't read anything about The Swamp Thing previously, but I do love Alan Moore so I was excited to start this. It was an amazing read! My favorite part was the autopsy, and the amount of anatomy and physiology that was given in respect to the swamp thing. Can't wait to get my hands on the next volume.
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.
Stranger
This isn't so much a review, rather a rebuttal of what I've been reading in other reviews. Namely, Swamp Thing being a "dumb", "goofy", and "pointless" character. Obviously these people haven't read any Swamp Thing outside of Moore's run, simply because it has the man's name on it. I suggest that these people read Len Wein's original eight page story that appeared in House of Secrets #92. I found it much more touching when Swamp Thing COULDN'T express his love to Linda after he saves her life. S...more
Alex
This is an interesting move for comic books in the 80's. The hero is very introspective, and a lot of panel time is spent on character development over action. The total destruction of the "other self" or the "secret identity" helps to push this farther from a superhero book. The aesthetic is similar to a horror comic, and it has a preponderance of green with splashes of other colors.

The best story was the one with the Monkey King. A monster that embodies fear and is going after children is a s...more
Marissa
I am usually not an Alan Moore fan, but I did actually enjoy reading Swamp Thing. I think Alan Moore's works are just a lot better when they stay within a not-so-serious, more straightforwardly comic booky vein, because he doesn't become so pedagogical and show-offy and ridiculous. Swamp Thing is a good example of a story where all of the goofy/horror elements of what I like about comic books are there and Alan Moore's writing just adds a creative, interesting spin that adds some depth to the un...more
Ruby-Mae Roberts
Oh my god.

This has been my first ever Swamp Thing experience, and what an experience!

Ok, so, at first I was a bit unsure of this book. The writing seemed nice enough (the art wasn't my kind of thing though) but it felt a bit slow and disjointed. However the middle to end REALLY changed my mind. This is a delicious graphic novel. There were flaws and bits that I found unintentionally hilarious, but all in all I fell in love with the book and the writing and the gentle green giant.

I could've floa...more
Amy
This was a stunning read.

I remember watching the movie which was terrible. Bad cgi, no character development and a ridiculous plot. But this comic was the opposite of all of that.

First off the art is great. I never disliked looking at the pages. They were always pleasing to the eye and there were never any ridiculous female shots which was both surprising and excellent.

Next the characters were all excellent. Even though this picks up in the middle of a run with some already established character...more
Fizzgig76
Reprints The Saga of the Swamp Thing #20-27 (January 1984-August 1984). Alec Holland is the Swamp Thing…or is Swamp Thing Alec Holland? A discovery by the Dr. Woodrue changes the course of Swamp Thing’s life forever by uncovering a secret he never knew. With new powers and abilities, Swamp Thing faces horror that he’s never experience.

Written by comic master Alan Moore, Saga of the Swamp Thing—Book 1 collects the first eight issues of Moore’s monumental run on the series. The series won multiple...more
David
The Saga of Swamp Thing is not a book started by Alan Moore. This collection begins with his run on the comic, starting with issue #20. This might be a problem, within the first few pages, for anyone unfamiliar with the character. But Moore is a genius, and deftly ties up the previous story from the previous writer's run while reintroducing and reinventing the titular character. He accomplished this astounding feat by drawing from DC's past, giving readers sufficient background and story to keep...more
Scott
This is an amazing collection of the first issues that Alan Moore wrote of the Saga of the Swamp Thing in the 80's. Nothing more to say than: Amazing! Moore really writes superbly in this collection and the stories here are really enjoyable. Moore kind of reboots the character and ties up the loose ends of the previous writer.
Charles
Not bad, but not nearly as good as The Watchmen. Some of the writing is really superb, but occassionally Moore reaches a bit far and overreaches. Just my opinion. Worth a read, and a quick read of course given that it's a graphic novel.
Rjurik Davidson
When I first came across Alan Moore, I remember thinking, "Oh, wow - you can do THAT with comics." Returning to the Swamp Thing comics, I haven't been disappointed. His sense of structure is unparalleled in graphic novels. Love these.
Yaya
I haven't read issues #1-19 so I don't know if the transition when Moore took over was executed as seamlessly as it could have been, and I'm not entirely clear on who exactly some of the side characters are, but it didn't really matter after finishing Book One. Moore is a fantastic writer. I love what he did with Swamp Thing's character to make him/it his own. And like I said, I wasn't put off with not being familiar with the side characters, he very subtly reintroduces some and gets rid of othe...more
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