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Swamp Thing, Vol. 3: The Curse

(Swamp Thing (1982) #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  7,115 ratings  ·  211 reviews
After meeting the Swamp Thing, the Hellblazer sends the man-monster on a voyage of discovery that takes him from the darkest corners of America to the rrots of his own long-hidden heritage.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Vertigo (first published November 1985)
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Vertigo born here!

This Hardcover Edition collects "Swamp Thing" #35-42.

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Stephen Bissette, Rick Veitch & Stan Woch


In this third volume of the saga of Swamp Thing, you will be witness of the birth of the Vertigo line of comics (once an alternative label by DC Comics to publish material oriented to mature readers, usually involving horror and/or paranormal topics).

You have to keep in mind that at the moment of original publ
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Swamp Thing is getting better now. A few stories kinda had me yawning, but most of them were fantastic.

The most standout, at least for me, was The Curse. That one had me laughing out loud and fist pumping. This is the first one that I can say was truly brilliant. Woman Power!!! :)

The close second is the rest of the stores with Constantine playing guide and snarky teacher to Swamp Thing, which could have been hokey but instead just lets us enjoy a bit of a power up. :) It's nice not being so
David Schaafsma
Why is it I have such a hard time getting into so many series??! But this was especially true for The Swamp Thing, which I only dragged myself into because 1) I am a fan of Alan Moore and because 2) GR friend Greg goaded me (gently) to read it. I read the first volume a couple years ago, saw the pulp horror vibe and the environmental theme, and thought: Yeah, this is good, Moore takes a sort of trashy monster comic and spins into greater significance . . . but I don’t have to love it. I saw the ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
John Constantine! Did that come across as a squeal, because it was meant to. I love Constantine and he shows up in this volume. Make a girl happy! :D

I could gush about this (really anything Moore touches) for quite a while, but don't need to. The stories inside were amazing. Alec learns just what he is capable of and then does it. Well.

Constantine leads him on a merry chase in search of knowledge about himself and he does get a little, but he also helps people in the chase. People he would not
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
John Constantine has his first appearance in this volume, little more than a shadow of what he'd eventually develop into. Here, he's a mysterious figure who shows up unannounced to smirk cryptically at the main characters. Constantine aside, this looks to be the start of a larger overarching story, with the immediate result of giving Swamp Thing a decent power up and continuing the development of his relationship with Abby. I do appreciate that it's being developed episodically, especially since ...more
While Book Three of Saga of the Swamp Thing doesn't include my favourite Swamp Thing moment (that has to be Abby and the Swamp Thing's consummation in Book Two) nor my favourite Swamp Thing arc (that is still the Floronic Man Green vs. Red arc from Book One), it is, perhaps, the most consistently excellent of the Moore years so far -- and it does contain my favourite single issue: "The Curse."

It begins with the creepy "The Nukeface Papers," wherein Swamp Thing begins to understand the breadth of
The Swamp Thing has fully shed its past and the complicated threads of Alec Holland's old life. What has been born now is something different from before - the story of a girl in love with a monster, or rather, a plant. Here is the richness of the swamp in all of its glory, and the Swamp Thing beginning to realize the truth of what he is and what he is capable of. He is the environment turned sentient, the vast superorganism of all the plants in the world. Like the plants he is made up of, he is ...more
Jamie Connolly
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I feel like a lot of people have heard of swamp thing but don’t know how good this really is. One of the best there is. 5 stars.
Bram Ryckaert
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Constantine acts as a catalyst to not only make Swamp Thing discover his abilities, but also to give this series a new direction. We're not grounded in Louisiana anymore, but travel across America to discover paranormal threats and Swampy moves there to deal with them. I love how the threat is connected to a real-world issue every time, be it the dangers of nuclear waste, racism or repression of women.

Once again there's no weak point throughout the volume, this is a rare synergy of scriptin
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This third Volume of the Swamp Thing Saga runs back into the horror vein, but still is very high quality work and very much a book about humanity and the fears and things that scare us and motivate us. This is also one that examines social issues, with stories about Toxic Waste, Women's Rights, Racism, alongside more Horrific fare such as Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies.

I didn't enjoy this as much as the first and second volumes, but it is still VERY good stuff. It's a great book that shows yo
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really do love this series. And like most of the reviews on here point out, this features the first appearance of John Constantine. In some ways this volume reminded me a lot of Original Sins, although I'm more fond of Alan Moore's work than Delano's. This had a series of seemingly unrelated events building towards a coming darkness as foreseen by Constantine.

This is full of the stuff I love here, horror and gore, but as always Moore ha delivered it in a bea
Britton Summers
(Minor Spoilers)

We're back again with dear ol' Swampy.

The third trade follows Swamp Thing and Abby taking on the role of Mulder and Scully as some truly weird creepy X Files shit begins going on, such as slave zombies, water vampires, women werewolves, and a guy who drinks toxic waste for good measure. We also get the big screen debut of everyone's favorite Vertigo asshole magician John Constantine, who riles up some trouble and also gets Swamp Thing to do some things for him, claiming he has
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore's run of Swamp Thing remains in my mind, one of the finest example of what makes great comics. Steve Bissette's artwork compliments a real depth that, to my mind, wasn't matched by any writer of Swamp Thing until Scott Snyder.

This third run of Swamp Thing pushes the character further allowing him to understand his supernatural abilities, it introduces the character of John Constantine, it follows the brief ascencion of a clan of underwater vampires, and Alec Holland and Abby Arcane br
Javier Muñoz
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
En este tomo John constantine tiene su primera aparición, basándose en la apariencia de Sting y en la tradición de investigadores paranormales que ya existía en la época, Moore y Bisette crearon un personaje muy interesante y misterioso que luego tuvo colección propia de muy largo recorrido, (unos 300 números) y adaptaciones cinematográfica y televisiva.

Pero bueno que me disperso... John Constantine introduce a la cosa del pantano en una búsqueda del autoconocimiento, en una investigación sobre
Shane Perry
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swamp Thing’s abilities begin to expand as he is joined by John Constantine in this book. While many of Swamp Thing’s villains so far have been tied to him and/or the Swamp/Green, this book features more traditional monsters. I liked seeing Alan Moore’s take on different monsters and folklore, particularly a woman becoming a werewolf as a symbol of breaking the bonds of patriarchy. Really enjoyed seeing the various places where this went.
Gabriela Molina
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
No me ha gustado tanto como el Vol. 2 que literalmente es un viaje por la mejor oscuridad descrita en el medio gráfico pero bueno, sale Contantine y tiene a un montón de monstruos invitados y comentarios sociales. Recomendado ampliamente como lectura de metro (edificante y que hace que se te olivde un poquito que los monstruos con los que viajas son más temibles)
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really imagine takes on vampires and werewolves (and other traditional horror tropes) and captivating panel layouts.
Put Pinsuwan
ขำตรงทีวา 1/4 ของ book 1 เริมดวยความเปน sci-fi
จากนันกคอย ๆ ฉีก เรือยมาจนถึงเลมนี book 3 มีการเปิดตัว Constantine ซึงแทบจะตอกฝาโลงโบกมือลาความเปน sci-fi แลวเขาสูโหมดไสยศาสตรเตมสูบ
Geoff Sebesta
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an honest-to-god conundrum, a relic of a bygone era of pop culture, the work that is quite good and also quite bad.

There is art in here that is just awful. There is writing that is just bad. There are stories that fall so far short of their mark that you wonder they include them -- like "The Curse," a story that even the letterer manages to screw up. Seriously, a major plot point is lost because of bad lettering. But it's all so perfect that I'm wondering what I'm even complaining about.
J.G. Keely
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, horror, reviewed
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 ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Treća knjiga, naslovljena "Užasi Amerika" ilitiga po američki "American Gothic" nastavlja se i dalje u revijalnom Mooreovom tonu užasa i mračne strane američkog sna. Promatranog s aspekta biljnog bića sa sjećanjima čovjeka i nesvjesna vlastitih sposobnosti. Baš kad sam se naštimao na Mooreovu stripovsku frekvenciju, završila je druga knjiga i bome sam se pitao što nas očekuje u sljedećima knjigama. Odnosno, pitao sam se to dok nisam uzeo drugu strip nepročitani strip s police. No, kako naši neum ...more
Wing Kee
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

World: Great art that matches the story and great world building that expands the world and slowly grows the world more and more for Swamp Thing. The pieces we have here with John Constantine's introduction to the world and what that leads is amazing. The pieces of the supernatural world of the DCU this series touches is fun. It's amazing.

Story: The story went somewhere I did not expect. I was thinking we would be stuck in the swamp but that's not the case. The world building that allo
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leaving the cosmic traveling of the previous volume behind -ST would never be that good again; moving on- you now find Alan Moore in his funnest most mocking behaviour: taking typical genre pulp and changing it up just enough. "Fish Story" is, I think, where the coloring job began to have multiple names behind it, and to positive effect. The blues, greens and purplish tones complement darkness well, as we see a group of vampires that was given an accidental start some time ago by Swmapie himself ...more
Artur Coelho
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tive sorte. Quando, em adolescente, comecei a ler comics os primeiros que apanhei foram o que mais tarde vim a saber serem a série American Gothic de Alan Moore na sua temporada ao leme de Monstro do Pântano. Misto de road trip de horror com viagem iniciática, tem algumas das melhores histórias de terror da série. É também aqui que surge pela primeira vez um personagem que viria a tornar-se um dos mais icónicos da DC, John Constantine. Aquele que vai levar o Monstro numa viagem de combate aos mi ...more
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A step down from the last volume, but still enjoyable. I guess my fundamental problem with Swamp Thing as a character is that it seems stupid for him to wind up fighting anyone. When your main character is indestructible, physical conflict is stripped of tension, and in the staccato format of a comic book, it just winds up looking a little silly.

Swamp Thing (and Moore, for that matter) seems to be at his best when struggling against concepts, rather than adversaries, which makes it tough to come
Adam Oster
Nov 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had long been told stories about how Moore was able to translate this pulp character into something truly amazing, but even though I've long been a fan of Moore's work, I just didn't trust it.
How wrong I was...
Moore's Swamp Thing has some serious balls to it and really seems to take a rather outrageous backstory and turn it into something that has a story that needs to be told, while getting out some enviro-issues at the same time.
But what's most important here is that Moore turned the Swamp T
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
"I'm a nasty piece of work, chief. Ask anybody." - John Constantine

Admittedly, this edition of Swamp Thing stumbles a bit out of the gate ("Nukeface"?!? REALLY?!?) But after a couple of weak chapters, the remaining stories more than make up for it! This edition is best known for the captivating first appearance of a certain trenchcoat-wearing magician, but you're also getting a unique twist on vampires, and a powerfully emotional werewolf tale as well. But my favorite part of this edition is the
Feb 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Alan Moore's tenure on the Swamp Thing title is considered to be truly groundbreaking. There's massive opportunity for over-the-top farce in Swamp Thing, but Moore takes the character seriously and spins complex tales of love, humanity, evil, and ambiguity. The series is also the birthplace of Hellblazer's John Constantine, and the contrast between Constantine's smart-mouthed, "victory by any means necessary" attitude and Swamp Thing's slow-talking, moral, and fiercely loyal personality is fanta ...more
Orrin Grey
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, re-read
Basically, Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing numbers both among the best comics I've ever read and the best horror I've ever read, period. I love them so much. That said, I didn't own any of them (I know!) so when they started releasing the hardcover editions, I've been picking them up. I'm up to the third one, which I just recently acquired and finished reading. They're just as good as I remember, and this one is the start of the "American Gothic" storyline which introduces John Constantine and i ...more
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