Swamp Thing TP Vol 02 Love And Death Paperback – 13 Sep 2005
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"The Burial" where an all-too familiar spirit of the restless dead plagues our favorite muck monster.
"Love and Death", the titular story, where we see horrific things stirring in the house of the Cables as Abby deals with what she knows her husband Matt has become.
"A Halo of Flies" where an unwanted family member returns, while Swamp Thing and Abby are haunted by premonitions of a terrible apocalypse.
"The Brimstone Ballet", featuring the climactic battle between Swamp Thing and his long-time foe Arcane, as only Alan Moore can tell it.
""Down among the Dead Men" where Swamp Thing goes on an odyssey to reclaim the soul of someone he loves, and encounters a host of DC's supernatural characters on his way to purgatory. Starring Deadman, The Phantom Stranger, The Spectre, and everyone's favorite demon Etrigan!
"Pog", one of the most heartfelt stories I have ever read featuring wonderful dialogue created by Moore where familiar words and expressions are combined to create an alien language unlike any other.
"Abandoned Houses", where Abby encounters Cain from the House of Mystery and Abel from the House of Secrets, and learns a shocking truth.
And lastly, "Rite of Spring", the famous plant-sex issue, a beautiful love story that stabs at the heart.
For any comic fan, the name Alan Moore is enough reason to buy this trade, but for those of you out there who have never read any Moore, pick up volume 1 entitled Saga of the Swamp Thing first, and then start with Love and Death and the subsequent books, collecting some of the most amazing comics you'll ever read.
This sets the stage for the Swamp Thing's later, more mystical and more philosophical adventures; it's a watershed sequence.
I have two small complaints. There's a pattern of "weak" men recieving lousy deaths. By vol.1's middle, it seemed like Abby's husband already lost his wife to Swamp Thing. As a main character, Abby didn't really seem like someone easy to connect with to me.