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Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan Vol. 1 (Swamp Thing Vol. III #1)

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In this series from 2000, writer Brian K. Vaughan kicked off a new SWAMP THING series that starred Tefé Holland, daughter of Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane. As a human/plant elemental hybrid, Tefé has incredible power--but as a hot-headed teenager, can she learn to control those powers and use them for good? Vaughan's sensitive stories send Tefé across the globe to play an ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Vertigo
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'kris Pung
4.5 out 5 horrific bloody stars!!

It should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the different iterations of Swamp Thing throughout the years and Brain K Vaughan’s work usually hits all the right notes for me. So when I saw this at the library I had to snap it up quick Golem style.



First off this isn’t really a Swamp Thing book it’s completely centered around his daughter Tefe who is half human half elemental of the green and all badass. I mean if you’re stupid enough to cross her or the gre
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Shannon Appelcline
I loved this Swamp Thing series when I read the original floppies. I'm thrilled to both see it (finally!) released as a pair of TPBs and to see that it holds up. You can see the seeds of Vaughan's Y: The Last Man, as we've got an episodic road trip across America. However, this is also a comic all its own. Tefé is a wonderful character thanks to her lack of compassion which makes her do horrible things. But even beyond that, Vaughan tells a compelling coming-of-age story full of unexpected turns ...more
Emily Green
In Brian K. Vaughan’s Swamp Thing, it is not Alec Holland is not the main character, but his daughter Tefé. With the help of John Constantine, Holland and his wife, Abby switched another girl’s body and memories with their daughter’s, in an effort to contain and restrain her abilities. Tefé, like her father, can not only communicate with the Green, but can also manipulate the Green. She is able to easily murder people who harm plants, and in truly horrific ways. As Mary Conway, she is offered th ...more
Cavocorax
What's it about?: It's about the daughter of the Swamp Thing, an elemental in a human body who is trying to find her way in the world. The Green wants to use her to destroy humanity and protect the world, while the U.S. government wants to use her to manipulate Nature for economic gain.

Why did I read it?: I read the original Swamp Thing comics and enjoyed them for the most part. I liked the premise, especially with a female lead. I also like Brian K. Vaughan as an author.

Favourite idea/part?: T
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Eric England
Swamp Thing by Brian K. Vaughan Volume One is an excellent graphic novel, in fact it may be my favorite Swamp Thing story not written by Alan Moore (sorry BKV you are great, but Alan Moore is the king when it comes to Swamp Thing). I really like how this volume incorporates serious discussions of morality and ethics and makes you question your notions of right and wrong. Tefe Holland, the daughter of the original Swamp Thing and the main protagonist in the series, is a fascinating and complex ch ...more
Denise
There's a lot of different opinions regarding this series and quite a bit of criticism for Brian K Vaughn. I think it was a pretty great start to a world we're already familiar with. As we all know, Alan Moore's Swamp Thing has been around for a long time and has been well received by thousands and thousands of comic book fans. I think Brian K Vaughn did a really great job with this spin off. Why it's called Swamp Thing as well is actually confusing since Alec Holland was only in 3 of the issues ...more
Bjorn
Hmmm... I wanted to like this run a lot more than I did given that I think Vaughan is a very talented writer (I mean, have you read SAGA??) and that I love the Swamp Thing character. However, this collection is of mediocre quality in a few ways. First and foremost, the writing in the first few issues of the collection are just bad. In many ways it felt like Vaughan simply did not have the time necessary to polish the dialogue or the pacing of each issue. Pardon the pun, but the writing just felt ...more
Alex Sarll
With the huge success of Saga, you can see why DC have finally got around to collecting this early Vaughan work - not least because it also deals with a child born to representatives of two warring powers. The foes here being humanity and the Earth's plant life - setting the tone for a pretty bleak read. Tefé Holland is torn between the urge to save people and to save plants; whichever she chooses in any given situation, the choice was usually wrong. Getting back to the old horror/anthology form ...more
Shane
I'm not sure why this series was called Swamp Thing, as he makes just the smallest of guest appearances throughout the first 10 issues. The story is about the daughter of Swamp Thing and his human wife, conceived with the help of John Constantine. Now in her late teens and having been mind wiped to think she's another teenage girl, Tefe regains the knowledge of her 'plant elemental trapped in a human body' nature and begins a quest of self discovery. Of course, this requires her murdering some h ...more
Courtney
Brian K. Vaughan's Swamp Thing is, thankfully, not a reboot of Alan Moore's version. Instead, it follows Tefe, the daughter of Swamp Thing and Abby. Tefe has spent the past few years living with another family, the Conways, unbeknownst to Tefe and the family. As it turns out, Holland and Abby, with the assistance of John Constantine, have managed to swap her with the Conway's dying daughter. The Conways get to believe their daughter survived her cancer and Tefe has a safe life. When a teenage be ...more
Stewart Tame
Kind of disappointing. Vaughan has done better work. Though, to be fair, this seems to have originally appeared in comics early in his career, I think, if I remember the dates of his various series well enough. Anyway, this starts off a bit rough, but does improve somewhat by the end of the book. Rather than focusing on Swampy himself, the main character is his daughter, Tefé. I honestly haven't been a regular reader of this series since the glory days of Moore, Tottleben and Veitch. Little Tefé ...more
Sharon
To be honest, I hovered between three and four stars for a long time.

This isn't Swamp Thing from Back In The Day. This is his daughter, Tefe, with only a few flashbacks to Abby, the big green himself, and everyone's favorite, John Constantine. (If you're expecting Swamp Thing to be the focus of a book called Swamp Thing, you'll be disappointed) New characters and plots await, and they are good. The back story issue is awesome and I found Pilate and Barnabas to be truly interesting.

It's not Vau
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Emily Harring
I'll admit, I read this without having read the original comics. It was still easy to follow, though.

Not my favourite comic series, but interesting. I enjoy the main character and her journey towards discovering who she is and what she wants to do. She's a solid character. I also really like the two men she picks up along the way--they're developing nicely, and will most likely have interesting roles in Tefe's life in future volumes.

The illustrations weren't my favourite, but they were decent.
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Rain
Swamp Thing was my favorite comic in the 80's, but once Moore left the series, I stopped following, so I had no idea Brian K. Vaughn had taken it on back in 2000. The title is misleading, though, as--at least in this volume--Swamp Thing is a minor character. His daughter Tefe is the center of the story. Nothing groundbreaking, but an entertaining enough continuation of the series.
Ian
It gets better as it goes but it's still a pale shadow of the Alan Moore run. It's also not as crazy and beautiful as the recent Scott Snyder run, in fact the artwork is pretty lackluster. Vaughan has a phenomenal ear for dialogue, and there's plenty of that here, but there's so little trajectory to the plot I just felt like I was along for a ride with no real urgent destination.
Ma'Belle
Brian K Vaughan starts off version/volume III of Swamp Thing and writes the whole damn thing without putting the title character in it for more than an occasional memory panel, and yet STILL blows it out of the swampy water!

I'm sure people either love or hate this book, but I would rank it near Alan Moore's Swamp Thing. BKV kills it with some of the best dialogue, charming banter, and interesting dilemmas of ethics and identity.

Characters frequently are introduced resembling an archetype or ster
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Dan
I picked this up expecting to read about Swamp Thing, but instead 98% of it is about his daughter who he had with Abbie Arcane. She's trying to figure out her place in the world as an Earth Elemental...kind of a twisted "captain planet" as my buddy said. The art is kinda wonky at times, and the expressions are laughable.
Aldi
I thought Brian K. Vaughan could do no wrong, but this didn't grab me at all. Not sure if that's due to my admittedly non-existent interest in the Swamp Thing series/mythology or to the flaws of this volume itself (flat characters, too much exposition, meandering plot); either way, I think I'll pass on the rest.
Simeon Berry
Wow. Brian K. Vaughan should never have let this be collected into a graphic novel. The writing, the art, and the characterization are all equally tendentious and clumsy. Hokey enough to have been written in the 80's or earlier. Glad that he found his talent, but he was clearly still looking for it at this stage of his career.
Phredric
Great first volume - a series of slightly disjointed stories that gradually comes together. Looking forward to reading the next volume.
Kelly
Really imaginative, beautiful and terrifying. Great to be back in the Swamp Thing world after finishing Alan Moore's.
Kate
Very little mention of the swamp thing -- good story tho, 3.5 stars.
Chris Lemmerman
It's interesting that this title is called Swamp Thing considering Alec Holland appears in only 3 of the 9+ issues collected here. Instead we follow his daughter, the enigmatic Tefe Holland who I find quite unlikable, making this tough reading. The stories are varied and give some intriguing looks at the human condition, but Tefe and her friends are so irritating that they lose some of their charm. The artwork is solid but unremarkable for the most part, bar the single issue by Cliff Chiang whic ...more
Sara
Brilliant. Can never get enough of Brian K Vaughan. Can't wait for the next one!!!
William Beauvais
lived it, great balance of forward motion and surprise.
Bader Al Shirawi
Not Vaughan's best work..
Meran
4.5 stars
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Tyler
Maybe 3.5 stars. It's an interesting look at the daughter of Swamp Thing. Not entirely sure where it's going, but I'll read the next volume.
Federiken Masters
Aug 31, 2013 Federiken Masters rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans de los personajes y/o los autores
Recommended to Federiken by: Curiosidaz
¡Al fin recogen la bendita Swamp Thing de Vaughan en tomos! Claro que la mayoría de los capítulos ya los tengo en aquellas dichosas revistas sueltas, pero siempre es bueno ver que las buenas etapas de buenos autores terminan teniendo sus merecidos recopilatorios. Después tengo que chequear si me leí todos los números, que me parece que un par en el camino dejé.
Brian
glad this story is continuing
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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