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Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 2 Hardcover – December 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Printing edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225322
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 11 Up Swamp Thing, a sentient mass of vegetation with the memories of a dead scientist, dwells peacefully in the Louisiana bayou, but he must come to the aid of his human friend Abby when they find out that her alcoholic husband has been possessed by the spirit of Arcane, an evil magician. Unfortunately, Swamp Thing is too late to stop Arcane from consigning Abby's soul to the underworld, forcing him to enter the afterlife in order to rescue her. With the help of Etrigan, a sympathetic demon, Swamp Thing is able to recover his friend from a squiggling, Boschlike version of hell. The accompanying stories in this volume cover Swamp Thing's origins, a visit from a band of Walt Kelly-like aliens, and the main characters' burgeoning relationship. They're all fine in their own way, but not nearly as good as the main story line. An early work of noted comic writer Moore, Saga of the Swamp Thing is an eerie, imaginative, and unique work that blends classic horror-comic themes with dense, nearly Shakespearean dialogue and a macabre version of Orpheus's trip to underworld. Although the art is a bit dated, it's still quite expressive especially its excellent use of color. The sinister and violent story line makes it appropriate for older teens and adults. This fine work is sure to appeal to fans of Moore, Neil Gaiman, etc., and deserves to be a first purchase. Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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"The best muck-encrusted monster in the best comics."—Neil Gaiman in Entertainment Weekly 

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I love the artwork and stories.
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The entire Alan Moore run of Swamp Thing is a must-have of comics fans and I for one can't wait for Vertigo to bring out Book Three.
Erin Britton
This is musch better that Watchman, must read for any adult who enjoys inteligent comic books.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Raul Vito on December 4, 2009
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Im guessing that anybody interested in this hardcover and reading this is:
A) A fan of Alan Moore
B) A fan of Swamp Thing
C) An extremely fortunate soul who's about to read one of the best runs in comic nook history
This volume covers SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #28-34 and SWAMP THING ANNUAL #2, in my opinion Moore's best arch. Liberated from the Comics Code, this title really turned on the heat with some of the most beautifull frightening images that Stephen Bissette and John Totleben could provide, like the Arcane three parter (that continues the plot thread from the last volume) or the unforgettable images of Hell. Moore wasn't just content with changing the whole mythos of the series, he also challenged the concept of the "fill in artists" by embracing diferent takes on the usual style of the series, like the charming "Pogo" story. While the stories and artwork are still some of the best, the sad part of this Hardcover is that this could have been an excellent chance to give an overhaul to the coloring which wasn't so bad the last volume, but reflect not so great on Tanya Wood's work. For some reason instead of the lush green tones of the Swamp Thing from the last volume she decided to him it a decidely greyish and darker tone, without much variety. I understand this could be from some limitation from the era these comics were originally made, but I cannot yet understand why they could give Sandman a brand new recoloring (which looks great) and not to this book; most of the comments about this from buyers imply that we wouldnt have minded paying a bit more for a "definitive" version of Swamp Thing. Its still a great collection and I always prefer my favorites to be in hardcover but it's still a missed chance for true fans
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darren Shea on August 8, 2010
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Alan Moore continues his amazing run on Swamp Things here, and it's wilder than the first volume. The writing manages to get darker and more uplifting at the same time, and the art is stunning. Even the wrapper around the reprint of the very first Swamp Thing story (by Wein and Wrightson) is finely crafted and better than that sort of thing should be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Freitas on August 5, 2014
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For those who want to understand why Alan Moore are revered as the most influential comic book writer of his generation, this should be your choice. Here you will find three of the best stories already published in a mainstream comic book.
The first is Love and Death and it is here that Moore finally reaches the fullness of his art and breaks with all existing conventions. Perhaps it is difficult to assess how innovative this story was at his time, after the number of dilutions and imitations we've had over the years. But even with that, it did not lose their strength. The first publication from DC to break the seal of approval, shows a naked woman, incest, necrophilia and zombies in the same story. And with an equally brilliant job of Bissete Stephen and John Totleben, breaking the boundaries of frames and presenting the scariest first page of the series. The editor Karen Berger deserves praise for the courage to publish this story the way it was conceived.
The second is Pog, perhaps the most sentimental history already made ​​by Moore. A touching tribute to the world of Pogo Possum, created by Walt Kelly. We know that Moore is a connoisseur of the history of comics and their creators of the classic period, but it is a delight to see how he combined the spirit of the two series, apparently so different, creating a story that you will have to hold on to not shed a few tears .
And to finish and prove once again that boundaries are there to be broken, Moore presents us in Rite of Spring with the most amazing and lysergic representation of an orgasm and that in any type of medium.
Oh and this is not so. The other stories are very good, but these three are already sufientes would be to ensure the place of Alan Moore as one of the greatest comic book writers of all time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Lambert on June 24, 2014
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If you're into Horror that is actually scary, and has meaning to it rather than just to scare people, and if you also are into comics, this is the cream of the crop. Hands down. The only other book I can even nearly hold in it's regard is Grant Morrison's Arkham Asylum. Difference being is that was made to be a one-shot, and Swamp Thing was a monthly comic.
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By Erin Britton on November 26, 2013
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When Alan Moore took over DC's then failing Swamp Thing series in 1984 he swept aside the mythology that had been built up since Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson had begun the first regular Swamp Thing series back in 1972 and instead firmly rooted the character into the circumstances and environment envisioned in House of Secrets #92, the one-shot comic that first introduced the world to the Swamp Thing. Prior to Moore's arrival on the scene, the Swamp Thing itself had been a mutated version of the scientist Alec Holland, his plight caused by a tragic explosion at his laboratory. Moore, however, wanted to return the Swamp Thing series back to its horror roots and so, in his first issue in charge, he brought the evil Sunderland Corporation to the forefront and had them apparently kill the Swamp Thing in a hail of bullets in an attempt to discover the secrets of Alec Holland's research. An obscure supervillain, the Floronic Man, was brought in by the Corporation to perform an autopsy on the Swamp Thing's body and discovered that it was only superficially human.

Although the body contains crude approximations of human organs, they were actually non-functioning, vegetable-based imitations of their human counterparts, indicating that the Swamp Thing had in fact never been human. The Swamp Thing was not Alec Holland; it only believed itself to be so. Alec Holland was killed in the explosion at his lab, but the swamp vegetation had absorbed his knowledge, memories and emotions and created a new sentient being that believed itself to be Alec Holland. This was the essential tragedy at the heart of the series: the Swamp Thing could never become human again because it had never actually been human in the first place.
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