Monday, August 26, 2013

Comic #1: Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 1

Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben
Info: Vertigo: DC Comics, copyright 1983
Book 1: First seven issues #21-27

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A creature that's not human, but with more humanity than every human in the book.

A very pleasant surprise.  Alan Moore's writing style is almost poetic, "It's raining in Washington tonight.  Plump, warm summer rain that covers the sidewalks with leopard spots."  Kind of beautiful.  He's also a master storyteller.  While I was a little surprised how little the Swamp Thing was actually in The Swamp Thing, he has created a creature of humanity despite not being human.  It took me a bit to get used to the artwork.  I've read too many shiny-paged, highly stylized graphic novels, that it took some time to get used to the muted, well, everything, but I liked it. 

I can definitely understand why comic book lovers would rush to the store on new release days.  Luckily I didn't have to wait for each installment! It doesn't take long to really care about the characters and become absorbed in the storyline.

And I'm going to show my complete ignorance here, but I didn't quite understand the DC Universe thing.  I thought Swamp Thing was it's own story.  Sandman (review coming soon) was its own story.  The Justice League was its own story.  It took me a bit by surprise when characters started popping up in each.  Pretty cool.  So...yeah.  I'll most likely keep reading.


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