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Swamp Thing, Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows

(Swamp Thing (1982) #4)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  5,918 ratings  ·  176 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
Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Vertigo (first published July 1986)
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A truly masterpiece!

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

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Stephen Bissette, John Totleben & Stan Woch


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
David Schaafsma
May 01, 2016 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
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating battle and a crossover event that didn't suck.

Or did it? I mean the final meeting with the Parliament of Trees was cool for happening, but it wasn't really satisfying. The gathering storm of Crisis, pulling together all the magical types and all of heaven and hell and space and time, culminated in... what? What did I just read here? There were tragic deaths and a conflict that even laid the Spectre low. And it was freaking resolved with a (view spoiler)
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swamp Thing is a badass. I can't believe everybody isn't talking about him. He's kind of like a zen Hulk. Kind of.

I always love graphic novel cameos. This one had plenty. Very very cool.
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
Giving this four stars still, but this volume was as great...I think. I like the last two issues a lot though. DC does magic/occult stuff well.
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
My friend John has a concept of someone called "The Topper."

It goes a little something like this: At a party or get-together, someone will entertain the crowd with some yarn from their personal experience. If "The Topper" is in attendance then that person will tell the same story, but with elements super-charged to "top" the original storyteller. In practice it's pretty fucking annoying, and "the Topper" pretty much gets a reputation for being an asshole.

In some circles, Alan Moore already has a
Oct 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is virtue, consciousness, the foundation of reality, and the ability to see past our own mortal limits. Swamp Thing seems offer, if not the answers, at least an attempt to understand these questions and the implications it has on our real life.

It also has a wonderful story about the problems with ingesting hallucinatory substances without checking on children and the elderly first, but that's for a later essay.
Jamie Connolly
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Keeps getting better and better. And continuously impressed me bc of how good it is. This is not the swamp thing most people think of when they hear his name. Not the one from the movies. This swamp thing is very existential and thought-provoking. 5 stars.
Jason Bootle
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The longer this series has developed the better it has got. Wonderful scenes with the Parliament of Trees and the epic finalé. Glad I persisted after volume 1.
Zé Wellington
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Um dos melhores volumes! Essa saga do "Gótico Americano" é bacana demais. O roteiro do Moore envelheceu muito pouco nesses mais de trinta anos desde a publicação.
J.G. Keely
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Artur Coelho
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
É paradoxal, no autor de Watchmen, Promethea e Miracleman. Alan Moore tem declarado de forma consistente o seu desprezo pelo género super - heróis nos comics. O moralismo primitivo, as conotações sexualizantes dos homens em roupas justas e mulheres em trajes reveladores, disfarçados sob a capa de heroísmo e de poderes míticos, condenados a histórias elementares e repetitivas. E, no entanto, quando Moore mergulha neste género coisas fantásticas acontecem. Talvez porque não tema levar o género aos ...more
Robert Wright
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc, graphic-novels
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
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
David Leslie
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Bonnie G.
I like the cool pooling together of all of D.C. Mystics to fight this kind of evil shadow of hell manifestation. We see more of John Constantines life, more of Abby dealing with the ramifications of being married to Swamp Thing, the cool tree spirits of when Swamp thing becomes rooted and part of the earth and more realization of his power once he gets over not being human. Honestly, reading Sandman first detracts from these stories since he stole from so much in this volume! But really it's gre ...more
Eric Mikols
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Frank Taranto
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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.
John Burns
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I prefer the small, self-contained, unconventional little stories in this saga. The big, horror-drenched epic battle of good and evil that dominates most of this volume is typical of the kind of swamp thing stories that i find the least compelling. Hopefully the next volume will invest more into invention and feeling rather than just sheer scale like this one did.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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...
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
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Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Windfall Prva priča četvrte knjige u kojoj nema Swamp Thinga. Jedan tip pronađe plod od Swamp Thinga i jedan dio da jednom tipu za njegovu ženu koja umire od raka, a drugi neki loš tip koji uzima od njega pisodelike. Žena ima divno iskustvo a loš tip ima užasno iskustvo. Zanimljiva i poučna priča. 3.8/5

The Bogeyman Prejebena priča o svemu pomalo. Swamp Thing se čudi što ga Constantine ne zove već duže vrijeme, a vidimo Constantinea sa jednim svojim prijateljem kako razgovaraju o tome kako se ne
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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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