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Swamp Thing, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
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Oct 06, 2007

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** spoiler alert ** Comic book horror is a tough thing to pull off. Maintaining a consistent atmosphere is the most important thing and for the most part Alan Moore succeeds in his first volume of Swamp Thing. The artwork is inconsistent but at its best quite evocative- the best way I can think to describe it is as "early Vertigo." If that makes sense to you, then you probably don't need a recommendation from me to read this book.

Anyway. There's a bit too much narration here. The quiet moments are the ones that shine. The final page of chapter four is fantastic- the Swamp Thing is at peace with his new status quo and he's just, you know, chilling in the swamp as the sun rises behind him.

Another note- the Justice League shows up here, which actually doesn't knock you completely out of the story the way you might expect it to. Alan Moore writes a fantastic Superman, from his obvious intelligence ("I noticed almost thirty major differences in his posture and speech patterns."-page 84) to the way he drapes his cape around the completely insane Jason Woodrue (you know- the Floronic Man) as they take him away.

There's also a two-part story featuring Etrigan the Demon. He talks in rhymes. The supporting cast includes Abigail and Matt Cable; Matt is an alcoholic with some kind of bizarre mental powers and Abigail has white hair and works at a home for autistic children.

So yes, the character who is made of vegetation and talks... real... slowly... is the most well-adjusted character in the book.
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