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Any writer tackling DC Comics’ popular Swamp Thing character has to work in the sizable shadow of superstar scripter Alan Moore, who in 1984 transformed a title on the verge of cancellation into one of the most critically lauded comics of the decade. This latest interpretation, part of the company’s New 52 relaunch, is among the better post-Moore renditions. As it begins, Alec Holland is living a mundane life, possessing only vaguely troubling memories of his earlier existence as the Swamp Thing. This attempt at normalcy ends abruptly when Holland is compelled to once again transform into the plant-monster to defend the Green—the essence of all plant life on Earth—from the Rot, the force of decay that threatens the entire planet. Swamp Thing has always walked the line between comics’ horror and superhero genres. Snyder, best-known for American Vampire and his recent work on Batman, tips the balance firmly toward the former (a cameo by Superman notwithstanding), aided by Paquette’s intricate art, which is lush and grotesque at once. --Gordon Flagg


"Amazingly dense, smart and literate." - MTV Geek 

"A thoughtful, well-executed new take on a great character." - Publishers Weekly

 "We have a winner...it's wonderful." - Time Out Chicago  

"Gorgeous." - The Onion AV Club 

"Just buy it, you won't regret it one bit. Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette have delivered a fantastically written, beautifully drawn opening chapter to usher in Swamp Thing's return to the brave, new DCU." - IGN 

"Snyder has made a career of writing scripts that appeal to people that aren't sold on the brightly colored world of comic books, so expect SWAMP THING to do the same." - Complex Magazine 


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Product Details

  • Series: Swamp Thing (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234621
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Snyder is one of comics' bestselling authors. His works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE, THE WAKE, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, SEVERED, and WYTCHES among others. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press in 2006. He has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence University and NYU and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his two young sons.

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Since I can remember, I've read some of Alan Moore's run on the character Swamp Thing, but not enough to really know the inner workings of Alec Holland/Swamp Thing. So for the New DC 52, Swamp Thing was on my list of titles I wanted to try out and further expand upon. But I mostly gave it a shot because Scott Snyder's name was on it, what with him being the hot writer that he is lately. Added to the list, was Yanick Paquette doing art duties. So I decided to start fresh with this new take on an old horror legend with little expectations. And behold: this is one of the best comics out of the New 52.

SWAMP THING VOL 1: RAISE THEM BONES collects issues #1-7 and begins with a dark omen happened. Superman goes around the world to question botanist Alec Holland, back from the dead (thanks to Brightest Day Aftermath The Search For Swamp Thing #3 Ardian Syaf Cover). Superman questions Alec on the omen, but Alec only wants to live life and be left alone, but he keeps having memories of his time as Swamp Thing and nothing else. Alec then gets visited by the previous Swamp Thing and informs Alec of the dark omen: The Rot is coming. An evil, decaying element of death that will find its human host and make hell on the world. "The Green", which the earth element Swamp Thing represents, wants Alec to be the new Swamp Thing and fight against The Rot. But Alec doesn't want to be Swamp Thing. But the charms of a woman (I won't spoil who it is), who knows Alec wants to help him fight off The Rot, might just change his mind.

This is the setup of Scott Snyder's run and as much I as put that without spoiling anything more, there's a whole lot more to see and believe.
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Scott Snyder's reboot of Swamp Thing is amazing. It is a great horror comic written by a great horror comic book writer (check out Severed & his Batman books for proof). I am a fan of the Alan Moore Swamp Thing, so Snyder had some big shoes to fill, and he did a hell of a job. And I can't forget the spectacular artwork by Yanick Paquette. This book is one of the best of DC's New 52. In fact, it is possibly the best of the New 52, with other front runners including Scott Snyder's other New 52 book; Batman: Court of the Owls. For people who don't already know, Scott Snyder is one of the best writers of comic books today, and this book is nothing short of amazing. I only have one complaint...Why no Hardcover? Even without a hardcover edition, I still rate this book a 5 out of 5....Highly Recommended!!
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I am a hard-core DC fan who was furious at the announcement of the New 52. I mean, Green Lantern had just redefined everything across the board. Quite a few of my favourite characters were changed in one detail or another. I'm still trying to read everything and figure out if I like all the changes.

But Swamp Thing did NOT let me down!

Still real (really really) creepy and a little hard to wrap your head around at times, the essence of being a peripheral character gave the story a perfect audience vehicle. Anyone who isn't a regular reader can pick this up and from word go, they get to see the state of things. And for the fans, we get to see our favourite warrior of the Green take centre stage as the one hero (reluctant as ever) who can save the whole of the world.

Swamp Thing has always been a hard character to write because he is so very different from the bulk of mainstream comic characters. But Scott Snyder has made the character even more accessible than Alan Moore, who redefined and recharged the presentation of this staple character back in the 80's. The final panel in the story shows the fans that though it is the Swamp Thing we know and love, there are going to be a lot of changes that make sense and that we should enjoy.

Any fan of comics, not just DC, should pick this TPB up. It is an amazing intro to the most unique super hero ever.

And now I feel the need to go and watch Swamp Thing's movie.

Read the book. I'd bet we're both in line for the release of the next chapter.
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By DG on December 8, 2013
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When I heard Scott Snyder took over writing Swamp Thing I was very excited. I really enjoyed Snyder's Batman work and I was hoping for a series approaching the intelligence and depth of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing, which remains my favorite series of all time. I purchased the first three trade paperbacks of Snyder's Swamp Thing. So far I've read about 2/3 through the second TPB and have been enormously dissapointed. I'll probably finish the TPBs I've purchased, but I won't be continuing the series.

This book is very graphic and violent, so I suppose its not aimed at children. However, it has no emotional or intellectual depth whatsoever, and is also utterly devoid of characterization. The book is completely plot-driven (although I'm not sure the plot even makes sense.) What it amounts to is nothing but an action-comic featuring green monsters punching and slaughtering red monsters, and vice-versa. Honestly, you can finish the whole thing in an hour and forget it within two.

The plot is ridiculously repetitive and banal. Within the first ten issues Swamp Thing's girlfriend is kidnapped twice by a "rot" creature and he has to save her. Snyder is obviously trying to relate this to Alan Moore's run because he is using all of the same characters, but he does a very poor job reconciling the two. I think Moore would cringe if he saw Swamp Thing flying into battle in wooden armor with vine wings against an undead horde.

The dialogue is also completely cliche and made me roll my eyes. I can't count how many times the following exchange or something like it was had:
Good Guy: "This ends here/now!"
Bad Guy: "No, this is only the beginning!"

The artwork was adequate, but tiring.
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