Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Longbox of the Damned: Saga of the Swamp Thing, vol. 1



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13 comments:

Daniel T. Stack said...

I Really like Swamp Thing. But I still will NEVER agree with the conclusion that it just thought it was the guy. I personally believe his soul never moved on and everything metaphysical that makes one a person is also still there in Swamp Thing. Great series. Is the older series also collected in Trade? I've only seen odd editions.

Anonymous said...

@ Daniel T. Stack

it's kinda complicated
at one point in Moore's run, Swamp Thing visits the purgatory, heaven, and hell (accompanied by Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, and Etrigan) in an awesome homage to Dante's Divine Comedy, and during his stay in heaven, he meets Alec Holland, implying that they are indeed two different people

however, later runs by different writers did imply that Alec's soul was always somewhere in there, even going as far as having Swamp Thing split into two at one poiont, one half having the mind of Alec Holland, and the other being completely controlled by the Green

The current Snyder run seems to ignore all the runs after Moore's, yet he does imply that Alec was always there (alto he is admittedly rather ambiguous about it)

Daniel T. Stack said...

My explanation for seeing him in heaven is that your loved ones faith in seeing you in the after life can be sufficient to bring you into being there. Just as your faith that you will never leave a place will leave you haunting it.

But that is just my take on it. Maybe some author will read these comments and use it to patch the plot hole between the two continuities. Then again I do have an odd philosophy when it comes to belief and faith.

Dragons Dusk said...

Wow, had no idea the Swamp Thing stuff was so complicated.

My only real exposure to the character was from the television show in I think the 80s. I vaguely remember watching that and The Flash with my dad.

Other than swamp thing sounded like he needed to clear his throat and there was some woman he had loved when he was a person, I think, don't remember much about it.

Strange to see the Floronic(sp) Man in something other than The New Guardians.


Don't think I'll be getting this one from the long box but the review was fun.

Ark said...

Anyone else hear strange noises in the background during the entire episode?

Lizard-Man said...

I think Lewis was using one of those Halloween sound effect tapes people put on for trick or treaters.

Still, good series and it's nice to see elements continued in the new series.

Lewis Lovhaug said...

"I think Lewis was using one of those Halloween sound effect tapes people put on for trick or treaters."

Yup, pretty much. Sometimes I have appropriate music and other times I think mood sounds do the trick.

Movie-Brat said...

I've heard and basically skimmed about Alan Moore's run years ago on a wikipedia page but never persued but it looks like I should now.

I'm curious to know what you think of the Swamp Thing movie to be honest and really, Alan Moore's Swamp Thing stories look and seem cool.

Anonymous said...

No Great Evil Beast Mention? Now that is a truly terrifying entity. Then again explaining the GEB would probably add another minute of commentary and more material to edit.

Bluecho said...

Let's not forget that Moore's signature run of Swamp Thing was revived as part of the New 52, written by Scott Snyder. He's used the template Moore laid to create a truely breathtaking and horrific tale, intertwined with the adventures of Buddy Baker, the Animal Man. I recommend everyone go out and read Snyder's work, for it is fantastic.

Of particular note is the series revolutionary artwork, that incorporates artistic elements into the panel divisions themselves. It's a wonder to behold.

As for the original, pre-Moore run of Swamp Thing, I've read it. Personally I enjoyed it, but I fully see why it was slated for cancellation. It's mostly aimless, not sure what it wants to be. In one issue it may see the Swamp Thing fighting werewolves in Scotland, and another issue seeing him interacting with a town made entirely of clockwork androids.

No one will blame you for skipping it.

JB said...

I liked the early Saga of the Swamp Thing issues, most notably the first dozen. These stories had a story arc inspired by the Book of Revelation. See the cute little girl at 1:22 ? She's basically Damian from the Omen.

I lost interest for the subsequent series when they started focusing on Tefe (Daughter of the Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane)

Only 1 week remaining... That thought makes me so sad

le-messor said...

Autumn is fear?
But I thought pride goeth with the Fall.

Besides, it's spring. As my hayfever reminds me almost daily.

""I think Lewis was using one of those Halloween sound effect tapes people put on for trick or treaters."
Yup, pretty much. Sometimes I have appropriate music and other times I think mood sounds do the trick. "

I thought I was hearing an ice-cream truck. Had to pause the vid to check.

Anonymous said...

I read Swamp Thing was case of story where Batman shows up, and loses despite his planning, which is something I'd use to his fanboys that think he always wins, Swamp Thing beat him. That said, he also sounds like one of the highlights, given he has this scene where points to the mayor of Gotham who wants to ban non-humans from being relationships with humans, pointing that in addition to Swamp Thing, that would include Starfire, The Martain Manhunter, Captain Atom, and that guy who lives in Metropolis.