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Swamp Thing: A Murder of Crows: v. 4 [Paperback]

Alan Moore , Steve Bissette , John Totleben
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21 Sep 2001 Swamp Thing
The legendary 'American Gothic' story arc was seen by many as the pinnacle of Alan Moore's industry-changing work on the Swamp Thing title in the late 1980's. Now, for the first time, this epic title has been collected in its entirety. The trials of the Swamp Thing build to a terifying crescendo in this spellbinding collection of Alan Moore's exploration of urban myth and horror. The method behind mystic John Constantine's seemingly random testing is finally revealed. Featuring the twisted killer known as Invunche, the South American death cult of the Brujeria and the return of the original darkness to this world. Only the Swamp Thing can stop its coming. The trouble is, neither he nor Constantine know exactly how! Classic Horror from the creator of Watchmen.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840233184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840233186
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,285,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Moore is one of the most respected and admired writers in comics today. He is currently working on a new line of comics, including Promethea and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. His Jack the Ripper series From Hell is currently being made into a film starring Johnny Depp and Heather Graham.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece of comic horror 13 May 2004
By Ruth Ludlam VINE VOICE
The legendary Swamp Thing series, under the auspices of the equally legendary Alan Moore; this is nirvana for the comic fan and great fun for the uninitiated, too. The brilliance of the writing means that you can pick it up from just about anywhere (which is rather useful because Swamp Thing has a long history), but for those who have been following the previous issues, the plot elements from the past year all seem to finally reach fulfillment in the climactic last issues. Every comics fan is guaranteed to love this: characters from the rest of the DC world walk in and out, and that mystic miscreant, John Constantine from Hellblazer, has also made himself nicely at home in the Swamp Thing universe. Swamp Thing himself develops a great deal - he learns how to cope with being a gigantic plant with sentience, and manages not to surrender his humanity in the process. And meanwhile he gets to crunch up a whole load of warlocks who are up to no good. They are the Brujeria and they want to unleash an ancient evil - well, who wouldn't? But he also faces down a serial killer, a whole host of ghosts in a big scary mansion, and grows something they call "yam fruit" on his back, which is clearly the new "magic mushroom". That's what you get for not taking regular baths. And how does it all end? I hear you ask. Well, you will probably not be surprised to hear that the expression, "ultimate showdown between good and evil" comes into it somewhere...
This book contains issues 43-50 (including the double anniversary special) and is the fourth volume of the Alan Moore issues. The regular artists were Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, but increasingly the artwork became the responsibility of Stan Woch and Ron Randall, whose influence began to change the visual style. Also of interest for the comics buff is that there is an extended crossover with the Crisis on Infinite Earths series: a very ambitious idea, but pulled off very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Swamp Thing's voyage takes him from the most visceral horrors of a haunted house to breaking his earthly roots and traversing the afterlife.
A MURDER OF CROWS continues the evolution of Swamp Thing from a mire-dwelling man-monster to a powerful elemental being with a potential to exceed the bonds of the Earth itself, with sophisticated tales of horror including: a passage through heaven and hell (with guest appearances by Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and the Demon); a horror- spun crossover with the epic 1980s DC maxiseries CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS; and Swamp Thing's first audience with his brethren - the Parliament of Trees.
These are the stories that changed American comics forever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1 Jan 2014
By Fergus
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Alan Moore's Swamp Thing Run is the stuff of legend and these deliciously well constructed philosophical musings on humanity and horror are a must read for fans of thoughtful comics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Great As Everybody says 4 Mar 2011
Swamp Thing is quite dated by todays standards being the godfather of modern horror comics leading to The Sandman and a slew of Vertigo titles. What spoils Swamp Thing for me is knowing it continued after Moore was finished losing it'spotency in the process. Also Moore is an imaginative British Writer writing for a hokey charcter even his ingenious ideas for Swamp Thing and his powers is'nt enough. The humour is also rather dry and unfunny the Art is incredible. The whole thing is'nt as good as it's been lead up to be unlike reading The Sandman which changed my life and the way i view comics in general.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swampy Saves the Multiverse 3 May 2003
By doomsdayer520 - Published on Amazon.com
In this round of Swamp Thing installments from Alan Moore (original issues #43-50, which includes the double-size anniversary issue), plot elements that had been developing for a year or more finally come to fruition. That would be a battle even bigger than good vs. evil in the final story of this collection, fittingly titled "The End." Here we see the full apotheosis of Alan Moore's groundbreaking work with comic horror writing, a defunct style that he courageously made hip again at the time. And although the Swamp Thing series was thematically unlike anything else DC was doing at the time, Moore still ties Swampy's saga into the greater DC universe. John Constantine and a collection of minor and obscure characters associated with magic and sorcery help in the great battle for the universe. Meanwhile Swamp Thing allies himself with the heaviest hitters in DC's stable of occult characters, including Spectre, Etrigan (The Demon), Phantom Stranger, Dr. Fate, and the very suave Deadman. There is also a flawless crossover with the then-current Crisis on Infinite Earths epic, surely one of the great endeavors ever undertaken by a comics company.
One very interesting aspect of Moore's plotlines during this period is how Swamp Thing himself often falls into the background of the stories, as the focus is on the horrors around him, and he makes dramatic Lone Ranger-like appearances to save the day. Even in "The End" Swampy is a minor presence, action-wise, then defeats the force of darkness simply by reasoning with it rather than fighting. In this collection's first tale, "Windfall," Swamp Thing only appears on one page, and the focus of the story is a psychedelic fruit that grew on his back. During this period of the series, things were changing artistically, as regular artists Stephen Bissette and John Totleben were often overworked or unavailable. Here Stan Woch and Ron Randall really make their presence felt, especially in the most tremendous story of this stretch, "The Parliament of Trees." This concept is surely inspired by Tolkein, and in turn I bet that Woch and Randall's visual creations were an influence on the producers of the recent "Two Towers" film. By the end of this collection Moore and his great team of artistic collaborators continue to teach us about the deep roots of the Swamp Thing character, and he's not yet done learning himself.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The mother of all battles... 28 April 2004
By Sibelius - Published on Amazon.com
...is the apex in this Fourth Volume of the Alan Moore helmed issues #43 - 50 of D.C. Comics, 'The Swamp Thing.' But before this battle occurs some interesting things take place. For starters we get an imaginative hallucinatory ride as two people under different circumstances eat servings of the Swamp Thing's 'yam fruit,' and experience vibrant psychedelic journeys that change their lives in one way or another. The Swamp Thing also does battle with a serial killer, faces a legion of ghosts in a Winchester Mystery House-esque haunted mansion, stumbles into violent chaos when parallel worlds collide, learns some new Elemental tricks while meeting his ancestors, and finally faces off with the ancient tribe of Warlocks - the Brujeria - who are bent on unleashing an ancient evil that will destroy Heaven itself. From this point, the last few chapters build up too a whopper of a climax in the ultimate battle between dark and light that the universe has ever seen.
Definitely a great volume in this series as it offers fans everything that they've come to expect while taking it to new metaphysical heights and thus gearing readers for some intersting twists to come.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Moore, the best Swamp Thing, the best comic ever 1 Feb 2002
By H. J. Spivack - Published on Amazon.com
Not sure I know what that other reviewer is talking about.
This is, simply, the best comic stories ever, bar none. In this series, the Swamp Thing finally learns why he is alive, about the Parliament of Trees, that he is not the first Swamp Thing by a long shot. Then, at the behest of John Constantine, goes to Hell and helps to remake the entire Universe.
Moore's Swamp Thing is the best and these are the best and most definitive of the stories. If you're uncertain about buying this trade paperback...buy it. You won't regret it, in fact these may be your favorites of all time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Did I mention the deity nature of Allen Moore?... 25 April 2005
By J.E. Remy - Published on Amazon.com
This book is no exception. "Murder..." continues the story started in "The Curse." Crisis was a cheesy, albeit necessary, method of fixing the many continuity errors that had developed in the DC Universe. Leave it to Moore to take this complicated plot correction and turn it into a significant development for the soon-to-be Vertigo line.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Moore on the Crisis 30 Sep 2005
By Megan A. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a consolidation of everything that is good about Alan Moore's run at the Swamp Thing series. He once again takes a standard superhero-type occurance from the DC Universe, in this case the famous Crisis on Infinite Earths, and gives it his special spin. Swamp Thing is an American fairytale, a superhero book, and an epic piece of literature all rolled in to one. If you've never read Swamp Thing, I urge you to jump in where Alan Moore takes over. Comic book fans will not be disappointed and those who aren't familiar with comics will find a new medium of art to enjoy. Highly recommended!
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