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on August 20, 2015
The book has very good atmospherics and great art work, but the storylines are a little weak. Why are we shown an ineffectual Justice League in the latter part of the Floronic Man story at all? And the Monkey King story doesn't make a lot of sense...Still, the Swamp Thing is a unique character and his story is a rare attempt to blend both the supernatural and superheroic worlds.
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on August 12, 2015
Alan Moore deserves his own canon. This is the best thing he's ever done in my opinion. An opus
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on August 11, 2015
I wasn't sure what to expect with this title, but seeing as Alan Moore (The killing Joke, Watchmen, V for Vendetta) wrote it, I thought it would be worth a try. On a happy note it was well worth the gamble. Very interesting plot that kept me reading. I thoroughly plan on getting the rest of the saga.
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on August 9, 2015
Awesome book! A must!
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on July 23, 2015
got it as a gift, have no read it personally. however came as expected very happy with the service
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on May 12, 2015
Very cool
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on May 6, 2015
I am enjoying the story very much cant wait for issue number 2!
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on April 6, 2015
Alan Moore is dope. If your looking at this you already know what time it is. Good choice
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VINE VOICEon March 31, 2015
Want to know what the greatest comic run is in the history of DC comics? It’s Alan Moore’s three years writing Swamp Thing. Yeah, I know. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and art is subjective but read this series and tell me I’m wrong. I had the wonderful fortune to read these comics as they were being published and looking back now I’m not even sure how it happened. I was strictly a superhero comic fan and Swamp Thing was out of my genre but I was probably influenced by the buzz about Alan Moore. I can remember going to the drug store with my grandfather, when he was still alive, picking up Swamp Thing and being mesmerized. I can remember every storyline in the three year span but none more so than the Monkey King featured in this first volume. It’s one of the most horrifying comic stories ever and cemented Alan Moore’s place as a force to be reckoned with in American comics.

What Alan Moore did was look at Swamp Thing and find that his origin made no sense so he completely reinvented the character. At the time I wasn’t super thrilled but looking back it was absolutely the right thing to do. Swamp Thing was no longer a man turned into a monster, he was a plant who thought he was a man. One of the most indelible moments in a sea of indelible moments was when the Swamp Thing fully accepted who he was. During a battle between The Monkey King and Ertigan the Demon, Abigail Cable urges Swamp Thing to flee as there are two monsters and Swamp Thing replies ‘Three Monsters… Run’. 33 years after that line was written I’ve always remembered it. I can remember so many specific lines and particular pieces of art and I’m the type of person who can barely remember comics I read a month ago. That is how hard these stories hit.

It would be a terrible miscarriage of justice to not include Stephen Bissette and John Totleben along with Moore as the reasons for success. Alan Moore’s writing is so good that even when paired with artists of modest skills *ahem* Eddie Campbell *ahem* he can still produce a masterpiece but in this case he couldn’t have asked for better artists. Not only are Bissette and Totleben fantastic artists they’re skills perfectly match Alan Moore’s horror writing. Dare I say they outdo even the legendary Bernie Wrightson? There is such an incredible creepiness and otherworldliness to the art and again they shine no greater than in the Monkey King story line. The Monkey King is meant to be the literal embodiment of fear and if you’ve ever read this story you will never forget the image of true horror.

If you’ve never read Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing do yourself a huge favor and read every issue. There is NOTHING like it being produced today and Moore puts to shame any modern writers. In fact Alan Moore today cannot match the work he produced in the 80’s. It can be argued whether or not Swamp Thing is his best ever but I would definitely say that this was written during Moore’s peak. This is the greatest era of comic’s greatest writer. Read Swamp Thing, read Watchmen, read Miracleman and prepare to be changed. These are life altering comics and I was privileged to read all of them when they were first published.

Let me finish off with a brief rant. What do Green Arrow by Kevin Smith, Identity Crisis and All-Star Batman and Robin have in common? They all have Absolute Editions. Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing does not have an Absolute Edition. Swamp Thing does not have an Omnibus Edition and currently no hard cover edition being sold on Amazon. How is that right? Swamp Thing deserves the royal treatment not some afterthought effort. Swamp Thing is not some historical DC footnote. It is a series that has continued off and on for over 40 years including up and until today. There IS an audience. Do it DC and make it right.
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on March 25, 2015
A good read. It does start where another story arch ends, but without feeling like you should have to see what you missed. The philosophy is great. Just what one might expect from Mr. Moore. The artwork is classic 1980's. This is something I would highly recommend.
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