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5.0 out of 5 stars Man Thing deserves a far higher profile and respect in the comics world., 30 Jan 2013
This review is from: Man-Thing Omnibus (Hardcover)
The comic starts off slowly, repetitively, but soon flowers into an existential, anarchic,nihilist-naive, neo primitivist landscape, which prefigures and pre empts and "pre imagines" Charles Burns "Black Hole" and aspects of Alan Moore by decades.

The action takes place in a swamp -- a secluded place, a dank, threatening, yet pure place, untouched by the corruption of man -- yet it's a place constantly under threat from corrupt, violent men,pushing at its ( mental and physical/psychical ) edges and boundaries.

However, the swamp is protected by the pure of heart, Man Thing -- the beast is a being who instinctively despises corruption, the concept of "might makes right" thuggery and the bully. In other words, a very modern comic figure !!

The art is great too, with lots of good character profiles of 70's hippies, anarchist bikers, draft dodgers, homophobic hard hats, 1950's rockabilly gangs,hippy chicks and eccentric professors.

Get ready to take the man thing trip, from the swamps to the edge of the stratosphere out to the edges of your dreams, blurring waking and sleeping consciousness!

Great stuff, from a somewhat dull start on to a great set of tales : If you are into existential,lonely central figures and very "post modern", apocalyptic themes,expressing a deep mistrust of modern society, then you'll love Man Thing. I can't believe he was left behind and taken over by Swamp Thing and "Black Hole" ! Man Thing deserves a far higher profile and respect in the comics world.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2013 13:56:04 GMT
A review of Man-Thing which references Charles Burns and Alan Moore but doesn't mention Steve Gerber. Quite an achievement.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2013 22:39:47 GMT
Tars.Tarkas says:
I actually thought it was a very good review. Yes it did not mention Gerber but it captured the essence of what the comic is about and also had the effect of making me want to read it even more. I own this omnibus but have not yet got around to reading it but I think I will start now thanks to this.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2013 17:52:19 GMT
It's not a bad review, but the whole saga is so much an expression of Gerber's psyche it's an injustice, and a weird decision, not to mention him.
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