Monday, July 11, 2011

Saga of the Swamp Thing - Book Two, by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette & John Tottleben


(hb; 2009: graphic novel, which collects Saga of the Swamp Thing, issues #28 - 34, and Swamp Thing Annual 2)

From the inside flap:

"This is the place.

"It breathes. It eats, and, at night, beneath a crawling ground fog with the luster of vaporized pearl, it dreams: dreams white tiny predators stage a nightmare ballet in sharp black grass. It is a living thing. It has a soul. It has a face.

"At night you can almost see it.

"At night you can almost imagine what it might look like if the swamp were boiled down to its essence, and distilled into corporeal form: it fall the muck, all the forgotten muskrat bones, and all the luscious decay would rise up and wade on two legs through the shallows: if the swamp had a spirit and that spirit walked like a man. . ."

Review:

This is just as dark, revelatory and intriguing as Saga of the Swamp Thing.

In this volume, Swamp Thing fights an old enemy (the demonic, voracious White Monkey), who may be more than he seems, and goes into the netherworld - with guides like Deadman, The Phantom Stranger and (once again) The Demon to help him achieve his goal: rescuing Abby Arcane from certain, foul suffering.

Excellent follow-up to the first Swamp Thing graphic novel/anthology.

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