Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

Volume 1, Raise Them Bones

Book - 2012
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"Dr. Alec Holland used to be dead. A lab accident killed this brilliant botanist and biochemist, but he was resurrected as the shambling supernatural creature called Swamp Thing. Or so everyone thought. The immortal spirits who guide the Green - the vibrant force uniting all plant life - used Holland's humanity as the seed for Swamp Thing, their greatest protector, but the real man himself remained dead in the ground - until six weeks ago, when Holland awoke, alive, but cursed with the memories of the monster made in his image."--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics, 2012.
ISBN: 9781401234621
1401234623
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Alternative Title: Raise them bones

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rswcove
Nov 03, 2015

Scott Snyder feels like a really good college cover band. He knows how the great ones sound, and he knows what he loves about them- but he doesn't know why they work and he doesn't know how to make new stuff of his own. This review could apply to his work on Batman just as easily, but here on Swamp Thing, playing with Alan Moore's mythology, the missteps are more profound and more obvious. Batman has been written by mediocre writers for so long that a good cover band is actually a raising of the bar in most cases. But when working on the legacy of one of comics greatest living writers, and when the work is the one that made Alan Moore a household name, being a good college cover band really doesn't cut it.

Mark_Daly Feb 03, 2015

DC revives its muck monster series with an intriguing twist: The love of his life, Abigail Arcane, is fated to become his mortal enemy. Hallucinogenic art and intense scenes from start to finish.

Bearddis Sep 16, 2013

Great story that puts the character in fantastic scenarios where he's forced to make decisions everyone must face in their life. The art is just fantastic, the paneling is unique. I highly recommend this title.

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ThomasLove
Jul 25, 2013

Snyder's writing has the feel of a really good live actions series: continuing dialogue from the last page while the art and setting on the new page takes us to a new place is a trick that Snyder executes deftly. That means it's good. My highest praises for the art actually go to the way the panels are broken up as opposed to the drawings inside of them. The characters look kind of mundane, but placed inside those wicked breathing panels, they come to life and the story ROARS at you!

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JEarl
Apr 19, 2013

I first read Swamp Thing in the 70's and it scared the %$#@ out of me. I thought it was a druggie character, I still have it somewhere. This 52 kinda reminds me of it but I am older and thought it was pretty good. Think I'll dig that old mag out a give it a re-read. Thumbs up for this 52.

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Keogh
Jan 26, 2013

Another in the series of post reboot New 52 releases. This one takes the Swamp Thing character and place him firmly in the DC universe, giving the man at the heart of the character a fresh start of sorts, and a choice, as a dark evil rises, waiting for him. This might be better suited to fans of the character; this is my first exposure to this side of the DC universe, and I'm not that fond of it to begin with. The art tends to have a hallucinogenic effect, which probably works well for the theme, but all in all, the gore throughout was enough of a reason for me to pass on the character.

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