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Saga of the Swamp Thing: Book Four (Swamp Thing Vol. II #4)

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This fourth volume in the saga of the Swamp Thing finds the man-monster interacting with Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and the Demon as he continues on his journey of self-discovery. Traveling through the horrors of a haunted house, the improbabilities of the afterlife, the depths of hell and the heights of heaven, the Swamp Thing continues his evolution from ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Vertigo (first published July 1986)
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Alejandro
Apr 06, 2016 Alejandro rated it it was amazing
A truly masterpiece!


This Hardcover edition collects "Swamp Thing" #43-50.


Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Stephen Bissette, John Totleben & Stan Woch


THE WRITING FLOURISHES

In this fourth hardcover edition you will find easily many of the best stories of the amazing run by Alan Moore on Swamp Thing.

The famous story like "The Parliament of the Trees" which is one of the treasures in the history of comic books.

Also, you will have here "The End" where a whole cast of guest charac
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David Schaafsma
May 08, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-horror
Worth waiting for. This one contains some of the best stories in the series, with maybe one award-winning story in particular to highlight. A lot of stuff is happening in this volume, but the resolution of the John Constantine trip across Amerika--Moore called it "American Gothic," and talked about it as "a kind of Ramsey Campbell version of Easy Rider," a real horror show--is "Ghost Dance," inspired by a story he had heard of the horrific existence of Sarah Winchester--yes, that Winchester, of ...more
Sesana
Apr 26, 2013 Sesana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Mostly outstanding, with what may be some of the best issues yet. The overarching story that was begun in the last collection is (mostly) resolved here. It does sort of tie into Crisis on Infinite Earths, but in a very roundabout way. (view spoiler) Instead, Swamp Thing, Constantine, and a host of DC's magically oriented chara ...more
Printable Tire
Aug 10, 2011 Printable Tire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This started out great like the others ones but I gotta say I got nervous when it entered "Crisis of Multiple Crossovers" territory... however it's the mark of a great comic book writer to handle obnoxious marketing schemes with charm (re: Morrison in Animal Man) and Moore goes even further by adding his own impressive potions to the big party. I'm also not too too much of a fan of cataclysmic happenings (easy heightened suspense, but where's the story going to go afterwards?) and my interest an ...more
Jesse
Aug 03, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite volume of Moore's Swamp Thing run. I have always thought he is at his best when he is unfettered by mainstream comic-book style continuity, and the Crisis on Infinite Earths is the polar opposite of that.

The final issue, when he trots out a dozen or so obscure occult-based superheroes for a final battle with evil, was entertaining for what it was, but I had to keep wikipedia open on my laptop to have any hope of keeping my head above water, comprehension-wise. If I understood Za
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Robert Wright
Feb 04, 2013 Robert Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, dc
Back before Alan Moore took himself way too seriously, he did this thing called writing comic books. In a field that generally didn't set the bar for that too high, he went so far beyond that that he ended up setting an entirely new standard for what to expect out of a comic book.

Perhaps this is a touch of hyperbole. Moore certainly didn't single-handedly transform comics, despite what he may think. Still, his work in the 80s was part of a great time in comics that seriously changed the industry
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Michael
Jul 19, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Moore, Bissette and Totleben continue to broaden the epic scope of the Swamp Thing title by incorporating the DC Crisis, bringing the apocalypse to a head. While Moore is at the height of his powers with such grand sweeping plots, Swamp Thing begins to be hindered by the rest of the DC Universe's concerns. I'd much prefer a straight Swamp Thing graphic novel, where Moore is given free reign with all of his characters.

43. This issue includes a great way to make Swamp Thing himself a mind-altering
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Matt
I just can't get enough of Alan Moore. I've never read anything of his that hasn't changed my world. From Hell is still probably my favorite, but Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and now Swamp Thing... the man is flawless.

I'm pretty sure this is my first five-star book in a long while, and I'm glad I haven't given anything else five stars because of how it would cheapen the ranking of this books. Looking over the last few volumes, you'll see that I gave it 3s and 4s, and that's largely because Alan Mo
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David Leslie
Feb 22, 2016 David Leslie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
If I could wish a book into existance it would be a collected DC ABSOLUTE or omnibus version of Alan Moores six trade paper/hardback run on Swamp Thing.Especially when there's so many books that get but don't warrent the ABSOLUTE treatment,I know in my gut it won't happen but what a book that would be!It would beat any current ABSOLUTE edition(Sandman would be the only equivalent in writing quality)IMO,even Alan Moores ABSOLUTE TOP 10 which consists of 4(the 2main vol's,SMAX & The 49ers) of ...more
Orrin Grey
Feb 16, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, re-read
Everyone's got their favorite Alan Moore comic, and I love Watchmen as much as the next guy, but for me his very best work might be his acclaimed run on Swamp Thing, which is finally being re-released in classy hardcover formats. And so I am, of course, picking them all up.

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that these stories changed comics, any more than I think it's an exaggeration to say that they're some of the best horror writing that's ever been done. Top notch stuff.
Aidan
Nov 04, 2015 Aidan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If anyone ever asks you to recommend a comic that features haunted houses, metaphysics and a delicious lampooning of tabloid papers - then look no further...
Eric Mikols
Feb 08, 2012 Eric Mikols rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vertigo
I'm glad I decided to pick these volumes up. I don't know why I doubted if I would like it, especially with Moore involved, but it's turning out to be one that I look most forward to in getting. This volume is dark as it takes place in the spiritual realm. The battle to stop an all-destroying force in the land of the dead is fought and only Swamp Thing can stop it. There's great cameos, the Spectre, the Demon Etrigan, the Stranger, Deadman, and others. It all reads like a precursor the Sandman, ...more
Peter Derk
I sure hates me a rhyming demon.
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
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Frank Terry
Jun 21, 2016 Frank Terry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just...damn. Sometimes I really get frustrated reading graphic novels. Especially more major franchises. There are some really good Batman comics, and moments, really, really good and worthwhile, but sometimes it seems very few and far between.

But. This.

Alan Moore's whole run here is just...incredible. Just incredible. From the first volume to this, the level of perfection is just incredible.

The way he incorporates characters like the Phantom Stranger I absolutely love. I totally mark out ever
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M
Apr 10, 2016 M rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Horror and mystery abound in this fourth volume of Swamp Thing, published under the darker imprint of the Vertigo line. The book begins with a trippy tale, as a hippie hiker finds a discarded piece of Swamp Thing's body fruit to add to his herbal medicines. One piece is given to a man to help his dying wife deal with her pain, which leads to a surreal experience of shared love and passion between the couple. The other is taken by a street hustler who falls into a nightmare world of his own makin ...more
Nick D
Alan Moore is some kind of writing God. This is one of the weaker Swamp Thing volumes, but that still makes it above and beyond most other graphic novels.

The first issue doesn't so much involve Swamp Thing as it does his effect on others. A hippie drug dealer stumbles upon a piece of fruit fallen from ST (similar to the fruit Abby ate in the "vegetable sex" issue of the previous volume. He then distributes two pieces of the fruit to two different clients. One gives a piece to his dying wife, an
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Dave Glorioso

I thought the story (Ghost Dance) about the house containing the dead from the gun company was excellent.

Boogeyman is well done and very creepy.
All of the bad television shows about killers could learn from the mood set by Moore.

I liked the idea of the apocalypse and how Constantine and Swamp Thing interact with others from past stories and the DC world.
Swampy comes to full strength against the Brugeria but it is his hobbit like sensitivity that unfolds in the final story.
Very cool the way the o
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Frank Taranto
The first story about the hippie who finds and picks up a piece of Swamp Thing is wonderful. The reactions of the two people who eat it for different reasons are great stories and justice. The story about the haunted house was also excellent. The main story about the battle between good and evil was only so-so. Swamp Things encounter with the adversary was foreshadowed way too much.
Alex
Oct 06, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
There's some really great stuff in this collection, with the best probably being the haunted house story. The lead up to the apocalypse is great, but the apocalypse itself if a bit of a letdown. I wasn't expecting a repeat of the central conceit of "Under the Pyramids" by Lovecraft/Houdini.
Danijel
Sep 22, 2015 Danijel rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Nastavno na treću knjigu, Moore nas odvodi dalje u "Užase Amerike", a veliku ulogu zaigrat će i drski mag detektiv Constantine. Opet preporučujem da preskočite uvod, odnosno da se ponašate kao da je prolog i pročitate ga na kraju budući da otkriva pozadinu i zanimljive i ključne detalje priča. Gaimanov predgovor odnosi se na 3. i 4. knjigu i otkriva Mooreovu inspiraciju i pozadinu za priče…
Prve tri epizode odlične su solo horor priče, o ovisnosti i snazi volje, zatim serijskim ubojicama te na kr
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Barbara
Apr 24, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional collection of stories with the final issues culminating in a DC mystical crossover that ends on more of a question mark than anything else. Perhaps that's fitting. Personally, I found the individual stories (Windfall, Bogeymen & Ghost Dance) with their complete framework far more satisfying than the overarching Crisis tie-in. In fact, the stand-alone issues reminded me strongly of genre serials like "Tales from the Crypt" and "Twilight Zone".

There are also some nice interactio
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Emily Green
In this installment of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, we see the culmination of Alec's journey with John Constantine, who has recruited Alec for an unknown mission.

The strands of the narrative arc offer social commentary and some scary moments. I would not go as far as to call the stories horror, as they do not induce horror, but they are entertaining, and Moore's crew is able to create a good deal of suspense.

Everyone loves a good borrowing of characters, so the appearance of other DC personas is
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La Revistería Comics
Podrían hacerse miles de declaraciones halagüeñas sobre esta obra en general y este tomo en particular, ¿pero para qué aburrirlos con nuestras limitadas prosas cuando gente mucho más capacitada ya ha hecho tales declaraciones? Por eso les transcribimos aquí la introducción de este mismo tomo (en su edición española de ECC) a cargo de nada menos que el pollo de Alan Moore: Neil Gaiman.

La Cosa del Pantano de Alan Moore (prólogo)
Bueno, ¿qué queréis saber?

Podríamos hablar de la filosofía que hay de
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Jedhua
My Brief Bookshelf Overview: contemplative, dense-reading, exciting-premise, highbrow, likable-or-deep-characters, mature, odd-or-unconventional, sci-fi, steady-storytelling-style, top-notch-artwork


At some points here, this volume was teetering back and forth from three to four stars. For one thing, I'm not sure I'm a fan of the psychededic tuber plant stories; they are just a bit boring, and have certainly overstayed they're welcome for me since that part at the end of the second volume. In the
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Mario
May 05, 2014 Mario rated it it was amazing
This review originally appeared on my blog, Shared Universe Reviews.

This volume collects issues 43 to 50 which conclude the American Gothic storyline that began in book three. I have to admit the last third of American Gothic is a triumphant finish to the longer Swamp Thing story arc by Moore. I was caught by surprise. The beginning of American Gothic is so difficult to read, not because it’s a challenging comic but simply because it’s not good, so when the momentum builds seemingly out of now
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Fizzgig76
Reprints The Saga of the Swamp Thing #43-45 and Swamp Thing (2) #46-50 (December 1985-July 1986). Swamp Thing’s encounters with the mysterious John Constantine are increasing as it appears that something is brewing in the mystic world. More darkness is popping up around the globe and Swamp Thing is just a player in Constantine’s plot to stop it. When a crisis faces Earth and the Multiverse, Constantine’s enemies are poised to make their move…and it could be the ultimate battle of good versus evi ...more
Felix
Mar 12, 2010 Felix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Hm, so this is what the 'American Gothic' storyline has been leading up to. I liked the Brujeria parts with Swamp Thing and Constantine battling alongside against an ancient group of evil arch-sorcerers. It has a distinct Constantine-like feeling. Also the Swamp Thing's encounter with the parliament of trees was great, I liked how he learns more and more about his powers and sheds the typical superhero background of "a human gets caught in a scientific catastrophe and acquires special powers". L ...more
D.M.
Jul 29, 2013 D.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In spite of the back-jacket hyperbole, these are not 'the stories that changed American comics forever.' Those had long since passed by the time these issues came out, so is even further removed from the publication of this collection of those issues.
After the skip-hop-and-jump journeys of the previous volume, we're brought abruptly back to Louisiana herein to witness a story that has little to do with the swamp creature at all. In reality, this sets a pattern for the majority of the book: thoug
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Mel
After throughly enjoying book 3 in this series I felt a little disappointed by 4. There were some great moments, when they finally got to the coven who were trying to bring about the end of the world, the betrayal, but the earlier part of the collection just felt a little disjointed and slow. It felt like a little bit like the writers were too contrained by Big Crossover Event happening and not able to get on with things at their own pace. I must admit I'm currently finding Constantine to be a b ...more
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

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“In the heart of darkness, a flower blossoms, enriching the shadows with its promise of hope...

In the fields of light, an adder coils, and the radiant tranquility is lent savor by its sinister presence.

Right and wrong, black and white, good and evil...all my existence I have looked from one to the other, fully embracing neither one...never before have I understood how much they depend on each other.”
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