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Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Raise Them Bones (The New 52) Paperback – August 28, 2012
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"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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This was a pleasant surprise. The art was...lovely? Is that the correct term? It was definitely soulful.
The writing was engaging and...um...flowery? Balanced? Read more
Never going to hear a bad review on Swamp Thing from me. This is one of the three "new 52"'s by Scott Snyder, who has done an excellent job during his tenure with Swamp... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this based on other's reviews as I am not a Swamp Thing fan in general, but after reading this I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam
I was very excited to get this volume, with plans of getting into the series.
But then I read it. and I have no plans to purchase volume 2. Read more
I've never read Swamp Thing. A lot of reviews will compare Alan Moore's Swamp Thing to this one, and I simply cannot do that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Josh Matheny