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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
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Hardcover, 215 pages
Published March 3rd 2010 by Egmont Kustannus (first published 1983)
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Patrick
Feb 15, 2015 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, I didn't read comics.

This is a little strange, as I loved picture books. And I loved reading. Even so, I'd just never gotten into it.

But back when I was 10 or 11, I was in a convenience store with my mom. I saw a rack of comics and thought to myself, "Maybe I could buy one. Maybe this would be cool..."

So I picked one at random off the rack, took it home, and read it.

It freaked my shit out. Like, all the way out. Absolutely terrified me.

I didn't understand what was going on
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J.G. Keely
Dec 13, 2007 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
Dirk Grobbelaar
There is a red and angry world.
Red things happen there.
The world eats your wife.
And eats your friends.
It eats all the things that make you human.
And it turns you into a monster.


As a youth I didn’t get Swamp Thing. And reading this as an adult it’s rather easy to see why. Before I get into any details, I have to just say that the prose in here is breathtakingly beautiful at times. This is not a book for children; it is a book for people who have seen a bit of the world and have experienced some l
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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.
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
Matt
Oct 28, 2008 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Danger
Sep 23, 2015 Danger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore's impact on the pop-culture landscape is apparent, though I personally feel like his writing can sometimes be a bit dry or esoteric (and I'm looking at you V for Vendetta).

But GODDAMN this book had some of the finest writing I've ever come across. Poetic and terrifying and hypnotic and beautiful. I'm not (or rather wasn't) a Swamp Thing fan, nor am I that well versed in the history of the DC Universe, but I was glued to every word on every page of this thing.

If you're into graphic st
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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
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Sesana
Sep 24, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy, comics
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
Alejandro
Sep 11, 2013 Alejandro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are a fan of Alan Moore, you must read these hard covers. For me it had been a wonderful experience. It's amazing how brilliant is the writing and how great are the events. You will never see Swamp Thing in the same way after to read them. I was more than happy when DC re-published the run of Alan Moore on "Swamp Thing" on these elegant hardcover editions and I didn't need even a second to decide that I want to buy them. One thing that you can perceive about the personality of Alan Moore ...more
Nicole Cushing
Jun 19, 2011 Nicole Cushing rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rick Hunter
Dec 18, 2015 Rick Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Swamp Thing fans and Alan Moore fans
I've read a good many things written by Alan Moore through the years. I've also read a few issues of Swamp Thing. If I've ever read any of Moore's run on Swamp Thing, it would have been in the early 1980's when I was less than 12 years old. There is no way that I'd have understood or even enjoyed this back then.

Moore has a really dark tone to his writing that only a mature audience can appreciate. I didn't know what to expect of this series other than that darkness. I thought that the story star
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Jemir
Nov 22, 2014 Jemir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jemir by: 87
"Retconning" has been a point of contention and debate within comic book fan and professional circles for years. The word, when used by its general meaning in regards to big company comic book story telling, is used to describe the act of taking either events or moments of a characters' (or teams) history and saying either:

1. Past canonical events or moments never happened
2. Those same moments happened in ways different from original tellings (due mostly to updates to the characters' current or
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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.
Matt Garcia
May 31, 2014 Matt Garcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Emanuel
Sep 28, 2015 Emanuel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I de första numren av "Sandman" försökte Neil Gaiman skriva en skräckserie i DCs superhjälteuniversum men det kändes alltid som en trång och illasittande kofta (som serien lyckligtvis lade ifrån sig rätt snart). Först nu förstår jag vad han siktade på! På Alan Moores "Swamp Thing" passar koftan urtjusigt! Här är en superhjälteserie - komplett med invecklad backstory, märkliga skurkar och handgemäng. Samtidigt är "Swamp Thing" en genuint kuslig skräckserie. Moore bejakar DC-universumets absurdite ...more
Kandice
This was fantastic! I hope that didn't come across as surprise because I am never surprised by the genius of Moore. I am often thrilled and delighted by it, but surprised? Never!

Moore is so respectful of those who wrote Swamp Thing before him. Episode 20 is all about his tribute to them, cleaning up their story lines and keeping house. Moore's Swamp Thing really shows up in episode 21.

Moore's characters are always more than the sum of their parts and there are no exceptions in these pages. Even
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Emily Green
May 23, 2014 Emily Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gavin
Aug 17, 2013 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Very good stuff, enjoyable, engaging, and philosophical without being dense. There's a few page section where Swamp Thing has to choose between holding on to a memory of 'his' dead wife or his humanity, and it is brilliant.
The major antagonist in this one is very well written (Jason Woodrue) because he's not wholly evil at all, and in fact, he's just misguided until Swamp Thing points out the inherit logical flaw in his vision.
Appearance by the Justice League, but they don't do much at all other
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Eric Mikols
Oct 13, 2011 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vertigo
Creepy stuff.
This has that 80's DC vibe all over it, but the vibe you don't really such much of because you don't want to be creeped out. Alan Moore writes this series a lot like Gaiman wrote Sandmand and thats with a desire for adult stories set in a bizarre superhero universe. Swamp Thing goes through some changes here, realizing that he's not the man he thought he was and, instead, is a plant that thought it was once human. Now he has to discover his place in the whole wide world, with this v
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Jlawrence
May 25, 2015 Jlawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't always crazy about the art (the way Bisette and Tolleben diagonally line-shade faces puts me off - however, their depictions of the Swamp Thing himself (view spoiler) are pretty magnificent), but Alan Moore's writing (especially Etrigan's rhymes), the existential retcon he runs on Swamp Thing's origins and the gothic situations he pulls the characters through are all solid stuff. (view spoiler) ...more
Aidan
Oct 29, 2015 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore. Swamp Thing. Cameo appearance by Jason Blood. If you have read it already, you know how much this series broke new ground for comic book writing. If you haven't read it yet, what are you doing reading this review? Go grab a copy and let the page-turning begin. I'm serious, off with you. Now. You'll thank me later.
Marie Antoinette
"If you wear black, then kindly, irritating strangers will touch your arm consolingly and inform you that the world keeps on turning. They're right. It does. However much you beg it to stop... I wake up and feel happy for three seconds and then I remember... The world turns... And somebody falls off... And oh God it's such a long way down... No impact comes; no splash. The moment passes. The world turns and we turn away, getting on with our lives."

I might be wrong but this could be even better
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Jbainnz
Feb 05, 2015 Jbainnz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So a few months ago I finally got down to reading Alan Moore's Watchmen. And I was so surprised how relevant it felt even though it came out 30 years ago. I was inspired that a graphic novel that old could still stand it ground against today's market. I fell in love with Scott Snyder's run on the revamped New 52 Swamp Thing. A whole new world was revealed and all of a sudden my eyes were open to this beautiful yet brutal character called Swamp Thing. So I decided I wanted to delve deeper into th ...more
Gabriel
Dec 07, 2014 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when you kill a supernatural creature?

You bring it back to life and revise all you ever knew about the horror contained within.

That is what Alan Moore's opening stories did for Swamp Thing. We learn horrible truths that paint anything that came before (lucky for me, all of this was included in a three page introduction/summary of the history of Swamp Thing's storyline) in a wash of black ... and that is just within the first twenty pages. Such a twist must have consequences, both
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Ryan Stewart
Feb 21, 2014 Ryan Stewart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is a masterpiece. I had always heard glowing reviews of Moore's Swamp Thing run but had never had the opportunity to read it myself. Now that I have, it met all the hype and then some.

The second issue of this volume, No. 21 "Anatomy Lesson," is the greatest single issue of a comic book I have ever read. And I don't take that statement lightly. (Note: this should be considered by the reader as Moore's first issue on the book, as No. 20 was used to tie up loose ends for the previous author's
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David
Feb 08, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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David Leslie
Feb 06, 2016 David Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
What can I say about Alan Moores 6 trade hard/softbacks worth of books apart from the most sublime series of comics EVER written.This is 'Moore at his very best,where Watchmen could be argued to be over calculated to the point of being cold(don't get me wrong Watchmen is a masterpiece of graphic storytelling)then this reads like Moore at his most free/poetic/warm-hearted & the amount of heart among the horrors in this run is one of its most indearing qaulities.As a huge fan of many of 'Moore ...more
Thomas Edmund
Oct 20, 2014 Thomas Edmund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swamp Thing has been one of those superheroes(?) that I have been aware of for some time, but never read read any of. Eventually I got my chance with THE SAGA OF THE SWAP THING. One this I can say is Swampy is certainly different. Part ecological, part humanistic, all original much unlike your typical (although would one ever expect otherwise from Moore?)
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