Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth

Swamp Thing Vol Earth to Earth Written by Alan Moore Art by John Totleben Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala Returned from his sojourn to hell Swamp Thing discovers that his girlfriend Abby is being persecuted for their unnatural re

  • Title: Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth
  • Author: Alan Moore Rick Veitch John Totleben Alfredo Alcalá
  • ISBN: 9781563898044
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written by Alan Moore Art by John Totleben, Rick Veitch, and Alfredo Alcala Returned from his sojourn to hell, Swamp Thing discovers that his girlfriend Abby is being persecuted for their unnatural relations When she skips town for Gotham City, he follows and runs afoul of Batman, Lex Luthor, and the Gotham City P.D.

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    1. I'm fully on board with this one. Total social commentary time. Sure, Swamp Thing just saved the freaking universe from the Mother of All Darkness, comes home to find that his honey has been thrown in jail for consorting with him. It's sick and unnatural, folks. She works with autistic kids. What's *wrong* with her??? Outcast, barely on bail, she runs to Gotham under a new name, gets picked up with hookers and thrown in jail and now it's a media sensation.Now bring in the Greenie. Greenie: Let h [...]

    2. Argh, for the first time in a long time seem to have lost a long review I thought I posted last night. Used to happen periodically on , but not recently. Okay, I start again, sigh.Swamp Thing, Vol. 5 shifts in tone and style and focus with new artists on the job, and after two great volumes of Swampy and Constantine's American Gothic Horror road trip--the non-romantic, non-Kerouac road--around the old U. S. of A a grim eighties tour of north America's worst social and environmental history. The [...]

    3. This is a particularly strong part of Moore's run on Swamp Thing, as long as you can forget that it is taking place in the DCU at large. An enterprising (and frankly sleazy) photographer has published photos of Alec and Abby together. This leads to a long string of persecution and even criminal charges against Abby. Eventually, Abby finds herself in Gotham, being held to wait for extradition back to Louisiana to stand trial for sex offenses. She's being charged under the same law that would be u [...]

    4. The epic run keeps its good impact!This hardcover edition collects "Swamp Thing" #51-56.Creative Team:Writer: Alan MooreIllustrators: Rick Veitch, John Totleben & Alfredo AlcalaTHE END? HARDLY AT ALL!Some people said that "The End", the story on Swamp Thing #50, concluding its "American Gothic" ambitious storyline where you get to know the secret dark corners of America was the peak of Alan Moore on his run, and that what he did after it wasn't that good. Well,ose people don't know about wha [...]

    5. As linhas orientadoras deste arco narrativo foram estabelecidas no anterior. No meio do catastrofismo de iminente cataclisma, Moore arranjou espaço para um tema provocante, que aprofunda um dos lugares comuns dos comics de super-heróis. E se, mostra-nos, a reacção social e legal perante a relação entre uma humana e um super-ser colidisse com o conservadorismo? Neste arco é Abigail Cable a grande personagem, acossada pela justiça, abandonada pelos amigos, perseguida pelos cidadãos de bem [...]

    6. Reprints Swamp Thing (2) #51-56 (August 1986-January 1987). The Swamp Thing has survived the ultimate battle between good and evil to find a great injustice has been done…Abby has been arrested for sexual deviance due to her relationship with Swamp Thing and facing trial. As Swamp Thing lays siege to Gotham City, a bigger danger is coming for him as his past returns to haunt him.Written by Alan Moore, Saga of the Swamp Thing—Book 5 is the penultimate collection of Alan Moore’s award winnin [...]

    7. This is my favorite comic series of all time. Alan Moore took one of the goofiest characters in all of comics and made one of the most beautiful stories ever written in the medium. I'm copying and pasting this into into the review for all of the volumes by Alan Moore, as each book is fantastic. Swamp Thing brings together elements of romance, horror, mysticism, and science fiction into a truly compelling and unique tale of a creature that can control organic matter. Sometimes sweet and sometimes [...]

    8. Swamp Thing vs Gotham City, but it's not a fight it's a peaceful idyll, and the fight is an excuse for a transformation. Swampy is a force of nature and Batman demonstrates his humanity. The core of the volume is Abby, and her dealing with the consequences of her love for Swamp Thing. The last issue in the collection, My Blue Heaven, is an almost-perfect story, a reworking of old Twilight Zone themes into a meditation on loss. And the art is gorgeous, easily the match for Moore's poetry.

    9. It's fun to go on a jaunt to Gotham City isn't it? I liked the shift in focus to Abby, away from Constantine (who I'm not keen on), with a guest appearance from Batman. A volume that spends a little more time on Abby instead of using her as a plot device was definitely welcome. Looking forward to #6

    10. Throughout his Swamp Thing run, Moore has managed to make a grotesque plant monster seem deeply human while still very alien, and this volume represents the quintessence of that dichotomy. Everything is in this one. A huge, sweeping storyline involving Gotham City and Batman, and subtle, emotional explorations of Swamp Thing and his lover, Abby Cable. Moore's range as an author is astounding.

    11. Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run is the best thing of his I've read. Better than Watchman and Vendetta. Probably my favorite series this side of Doom Patrol. Wide ranging, inventive, exceeding expectations. The fact that Moore can do this much with a magic plant-man is astonishing.

    12. Alan Moore is obsessed with sex. I expect nothing less from a poly amorous anarchist deeply influenced by mysticism and the occult but at times his obsession tends to overshadow his rather original voice. His run on Swamp Thing is probably the only comic where his sexual fetishes and hippie environmentalism complement each other to produce a stunning work of graphic novel art.When I reread the phrase above – I cringe. To use terms like “hippie environmentalism” is rather reductive but I am [...]

    13. At this point in the series, Moore has clearly fully developed his style as it is best known. He begins to abandon the classic style of comic book action, horror and drama, and tell mature tales about humanity and the state of the world.In the last part of the book, one can sense in the Swamp Thing's isolation and subsequent will to create, the personal struggles illustrated in the Watchmen's character Dr. Manhattan. Both are near indestructible and their connection with humans is becoming less [...]

    14. I would summarise this book very quickly: It was Romeo and Juliet with super hero theme. I really enjoy in this series that the author can come up with a surprise in each volume. Even the story doesn't have as fast pace as I would wish those surprises keep me interested enough to keep reading.

    15. This review originally appeared on my blog,Shared Universe Reviews. The fifth book collecting Alan Moore’s legendary run writing Swamp Thing is the second collection of Swamp Thing that I haven’t read previously. So far, the first three volumes have been rereads for me. During my first attempt at reading Moore’s Swamp Thing, I had mixed feelings. I recognized the sheer revolutionary power of his first 18 months on the title but after reading several issues consisting of Moore commenting on [...]

    16. Rose Swampie! This one was really awesome, loved the whole trip into Gotham and how Batman and Swamp Thing interact. Blue Swampie was pretty awesome too.

    17. Completely redundant observation, but you can really tell from this volume how Alan Moore got the reputation for being one of the best story-tellers of all time.

    18. Greatest comic love story ever told. Moore goes in on Abby's background, and what a reward it is. She becomes a fully formed character, a rarity in too many comics.

    19. Here Moore laid down a marker in the history of comics, ominous and unlikely as Archduke Ferdinand's tomb. Reading through the new wave of British authors who helped to reconceptialize the genre for us poor Americans, one understands more and more why it had to be this man. There is a flair amongst them all for a certain madness and depth of psychology, but Moore was the only one who didn't think it made him special. Our curiosity is always piqued by the mysterious stranger, and Moore will alway [...]

    20. Book Five of Alan Moore's epic run of The Swamp Thing, featuring the artwork of Rick Vetch and John Totleben. Tatiana Wood's colors are also featured, to set the largely majestic/somber moods. So I feel in love with this series, after what was for me a slow start, and the last two volumes have been my favorites, featuring the culmination of Swampy and John Constantine's trip across the old U. S. of A. replete with all its social and environmental horrors. American Gothic Horror.Volume 4 was for [...]

    21. It's been proven time and again that Alan Moore's at his strongest when presenting characters as people. For the last two books of this series, we've been wading through fairly shallowly rendered character pieces, fun but not in any way involving. Now, with the penultimate arc of his run, Moore returns to his strong suit, and focuses on the relationship between Swamp Thing and Abby. It absolutely pays off, making this a return to form and a more involving story than has been told since he starte [...]

    22. Saga of the Swamp Thing book five takes a step back from supernatural battles to tell a more character drama. This arc focuses on Abby Cable as she is arrested under an animal screwing law. You see, since Swamp Thing isn't a human the DA says she is guilty of unnatural relations with him. Abby flees to Gotham City, only to further run afoul of the law. When Swamp Thing comes to save her, he takes on the role of super villain as he rages and covers Gotham with vegetation. This puts him in the tar [...]

    23. What do you do after you've written an epic depicting the cataclysmic battle between light and dark, good and evil? If you're Alan Moore, you write a pretty heavy-handed courtroom drama about bestiality and a story where Swamp Thing masturbates on an alien moon. This isn't horrible stuff, but it did rub me the wrong way. I've always felt Moore doesn't get Batman right, and while that doesn't matter much in the long run it's a little bit grating here. I don't think Batman would ever want to surre [...]

    24. You can almost see one of the central themes in Moore's later works approaching here: sexuality beyond the heteronormative grid. Abby is accused of engaging in 'abnormal' sex with a non-human entity and feels the full force of both the judicial law and social prejudice/disapproval leading to expulsion from the community. The premise is very interesting and Moore once again handles it with bravado. Nevertheless I found the whole excursion to Gotham City unnecessary. The whole issue could have bee [...]

    25. This book moves away from the cosmic nature of the previous story (angels and demons) and comes back to a more human level, although it still involves the Swamp Thing exploring his abilities in new ways. Although there have been some fairly horrifying ideas in the series up to this point, I find that it's more "mundane" malice that scares me, e.g. when people are throwing bricks through windows with illiterate threats attached. I think we get a much better sense of Abby's character in this book, [...]

    26. "Although my expert contact is charging one million dollars for a ten-minute consultancy, I think you'll agree he's worth it. We need to destroy an indestructible being. My contact is a specialist in that area. GentlemenMr. Lex Luthor!"I wish I could say Alan Moore's epic run on Swamp Thing maintain the same incredible level of quality throughout, but I've always felt he fizzed out towards the end, and the fizzling started here. The horror elements of the previous editions are mostly dropped, an [...]

    27. After wrapping up the Brujeria cult story arc in the last volume, the focus returns to the more personal story of the Swamp Thing and Abby Cable. When their relationship is revealed on the front page of a tabloid newspaper, Abby is arrested as a sex offender and fired from her job. Jumping bail, she flees to Gotham city, where Swamp Thing has a final confrontation with a the human world that can't or won't understand him. Following on from his encounter with the Parliament of Trees a few issues [...]

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