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

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  3,746 ratings  ·  106 reviews
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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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
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
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
Robert Wright
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
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
This 4th hardcover collected of the amazing run by Alan Moore on Swamp Thing is indeed outstanding. Not only for the obviously famous stories like "The Parliament of the Trees" or "The End" but also by remarking self-contained stories absolutely great like "Windfall" that proves that Swamp Thing under the handwriting of Moore is a character so great that even a fragment of his can make a wonderful story that it can be as scary as lovely at the same time. "Ghost Dance" is also other awesome ghost ...more
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
Orrin Grey
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.
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
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
Artemiy Nizovtsev
This volume marks both the highest and the lowest points of this series so far. The first half was several brilliant one-off stories, the best this run has seen. The hippie story, the gun story, all of them great, haunting and beautiful. Unfortunately, in the second half of the book comes the most boring, tedious and dull reading I've experienced since the last Grant Morrison book I've read: crisis of infinite earths tie-in, and then THE-BIG-EVENT-OF-GOOD-VS-EVIL, with an apogee being a fucking ...more
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
David Leslie
If I could wish a book into existance it would be a DC ABSOLUTE version of Alan Moores six volume Swamp Thing.Especially when theres 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 ABSOLUTE edition IMO,even Alan Moores ABSOLUTE TOP 10 which consists of 4(the 2main vol's,SMAX & The 49ers) of some of my favourite 'Moore TPBs,plus the short 'Deadfellas' by Moore.I can live in hope,even if it did hap ...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
More great stuff from Alan Moore and company. This volume builds to a huge, universe-spanning climax, with lots of guest stars (always the odd, unexpected ones with Moore, who could've dragged Superman and Batman into every story but always did something much more interesting).

One interesting note is that this collection includes a short crossover with DC's "Crisis on Infinite Earths," which (along with Marvel's Secret Wars) was the beginning of the now-idiotic cross-over event where comics com
John Kirk
There are some very good aspects to this, e.g. introducing the Parliament of Trees. It also follows up on Alan Moore's first storyline by addressing the theme of balance. Some of it feels a bit odd compared to the current comics (in 2013) where the Rot is a separate force to the Green, but I can't blame Moore for that.

There are also some bad aspects to this, mainly where it gets caught up in "Crisis on Infinite Earths". It makes sense that a huge event like that will have an impact on everyone (
Matt Glaviano
This was the last of my available Swamp Thing supply.

This volume offers completion to the epic story arc that begins to gain momentum in Swamp Thing Vol. 3: The Curse. I was really captured by that momentum – I read this one feverishly.
I really like it when Cain and Abel show up in DC Comics – they’re such a memorable part of this series and Sandman.

Overall, a very satisfying collection for this series. It turns out I really enjoyed reading Swamp Thing. The stories – both issues to issue and
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Mustering all her faith and courage she turned, resolving to look the death behind her squarely in the face...but it didn't seem to have one." Whoa...those Invunche are the freakiest things I've ever seen...well, ANYWHERE, really!

This edition was a little more hot-and-cold for me...the opening story involving a hippie getting high off Swamp Thing just fell flat, and the two-parter "Ghost Dance" was a little too similar to the Actors-in-the-Bayou story from the last edition. But when this book is
J.G. 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
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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 Egypt
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Swamp Thing Vol. II (9 books)
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  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 3: The Curse
  • Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth
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