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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (4 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401220835
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401220839
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1.2 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"* "With these stories, Swamp Thing made comics history" - --Neil Gaiman." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today, with a host of industry awards and accolades. His credits include The Ballad of Halo Jones, Captain Britain, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, Promethea, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, V For Vendetta and Watchmen. John Totleben has drawn for such titles as Sandman, Miracleman and Heavy Metal. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 April 2009
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This is where the revolution in modern American comics truly began, with a little known but well-regarded British writer given his first American comic, a minor fading title, by Len Wein, one of the co-creators of the orginal character and the new book's editor. With Saga of the Swamp Thing (quickly losing 'Saga of the'), Moore proved that it was possible to create literate commercial comics that would appeal to the older reader.

It's impossible to over-emphasise the importance of this comic which had the effect of being drenched by a bucket of cold water as it impacted on fans and professionals alike. Very quickly every issue became eagerly awaited as we (yes, I was there, already a fan of Moore's for V For Vendetta and Marvelman in the British magazine Warrior) waited to see what Alan and Swampy would do next and we were never disappointed.

Here is the rebirth of Swamp Thing with wonderful and hideously-ugly detailed art by Bissette and Totleben who added so much to Moore's tales of horror.

I still have the original issues, carefully packed away, but bought this nevertheless and will buy all the forthcoming volumes as should you. If I have one -well it's a regret rather than a quibble- it's that, lacking Moore's co-operation with DC comics, this isn't the Absolute edition that it should have been, larger in size and packed with background material, text and previously unseen art.

Nevertheless, what you have is a landmark in modern comics, an absolutely essential addition to any graphic story collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Nov 2013
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I know this is a beloved book and so, so many people adore this and everything else Alan Moore wrote, especially in the 80s, and that all kinds of superlatives are thrown around when discussing Swamp Thing - and I'm not being contrarian when I say this isn't all that and a bag of chips, either. Paul O'Brien from the House to Astonish podcast nailed it when he said that "if Alan Moore's books were as good as everyone said they were, they'd cure cancer". Which is to say, I think this isn't a bad book but suffers somewhat from the enormous praise that's built it up to an impossibly high standard, and when I finally read it, I found that it's actually just an ok book.

First off, the numbering - "Volume 1". Readers unfamiliar with Swamp Thing - and let's face it, there are a lot! - might think this would be the best place to start but it in fact isn't. At least, not if you want to see Alec Holland's death/rebirth as Swamp Thing, or his relationship with Abby Cable née Arcane/Matt Cable, or his initial struggles with his new appearance. This book collects Moore's first few issues writing the series but he started after nearly 20 issues had been out which means the book starts with issue #20 and goes through to #27, so you're going to not quite get the characters/storyline from the get-go - and there's no attempt to explain it later either.

You could argue that this is the first time the "real" Swamp Thing emerges as Moore's take on the character is the first time Swamp Thing became more than a hacky monster tale and turned into a deeper, richer story.
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I thought i was a fan of Alan Moore after loving his work such as From Hell and of course Watchmen. Then I finally picked up this book and realized what i had been missing out on.
Swamp Thing is a character portrayed with such beauty by the outstanding art team, the illustrations create empathy by making a creature from a swamp look so humane and loving. Of course Moore's writing is incredible and the quality does not go downhill throughout the series.
In terms of the book itself, the paper stock is fantastic imo and is exactly how i like it done, especially with comics that were released in the 80s. It is a matte finish with no gloss but it feels good quality and certainly works effectively with the artwork. These paperbacks also look great on the shelf, and the binding isn't a problem due to these being relatively short books.
I highly recommend to anyone into Graphic Novels or books in general, I believe this series is a good starting point into comics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr D M J Gladwin on 7 Feb 2014
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Always heard good things regarding Moore's run on swamp thing. This was reduced so I thought I would pick it up. Such an engrossing read, moore takes this c grade dc comics hero and makes him a solid a. Amazing art, great fun, great examples of writing horror in the comic medium, amazing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Birch on 7 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this Grapic Novel after reading some of Alan Moore's work (Numerous Batman titles, V for Vendetta, Watchmen etc) and reading a Swamp Thing comic in Midnight Days, a Graphic novel collecting various comics written by Neil Gaiman. I was expecting good things, but what I got far surpassed my idea of what I would read.

The story is an excellent combination of depth and pace, and manages to strike a fine balance where the reader isn't bombarded with information at a rate where it becomes hard to follow, nor is the reader left bored between events.

Its hard to comment further without touching on parts of the storyline, and its not worth spoiling, as this is definatley worth reading.

Essential.
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