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Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
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Jul 13, 11

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Read in June, 2011

The Nukeface Papers, though a relatively brief story arc, represent one of the most thorough and successful bridges between southern Gothic horror and contemporary, high-technology society, a synthesis of working class folk tale, modern cautionary tale and high art. Moore is doubtlessly one of the masters of comics.

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35. Nukeface is a great, carelessly patriotic villain, a lesson in energy dependence and malice through indiscriminate greed. 36. Moore uses a literary device, the multiple perspectives of different townspeople to tell Nukeface's tale, quite a novel concept for comics. 37. John Constantine is Alan Moore's predecessor to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Alias, a cosmic detective full of attitude. 38. Moore continues his them of the natural (Swamp Thing) versus the unnatural (vampires) in the Rosewood story. 39. Since Swamp Thing is a free-form serial unlike Moore's other titles there are many comic cliches, ad hoc solution to narrative problems, i.e. Swamp Thing can now control a whole network of roots to break the Rosewood dam. 40. The Red Lodge is a great thematic device to connect the plight of women with lycanthropy of a seething rebellious rage. 41. Moore uses an interesting syncronism of plantation life and film-making, the master-slave relationship of actor and manager. 42. This is a great use of the zombie trope in a more meaningful, but still horrifying manner than in horror films.
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