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Swamp Thing, Vol. 5: Earth to Earth

(Swamp Thing (1982) #5)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  5,150 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Vertigo (first published January 1987)
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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
David Schaafsma
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-horror, moore
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 Goodreads, 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 hi
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
The epic run keeps its good impact!

This hardcover edition collects "Swamp Thing" #51-56.

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Rick Veitch, John Totleben & Alfredo Alcala


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.


...those people don't kn
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the Gotham sequence to the blue madness, everything in this trade lives up to the standards one expects from such a writer/artist team. But as soon as one takes a moment to put aside the assumption of high quality for granted, it truly is a great deed, to get to the fifth trade with a sense of enchantment, novelty, and the ability to surprise the reader without - ever - «jumping the shark».
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We are nearing the end of Moore's character defining Swamp Thing run, and it is still super weird and super good. Everyone rightly talks about Moore knocking it out of the park with Swamp Thing, but the art deserves a lot of the credit here, too. Not only is it just good art, but the perspectives and techniques are really interesting. For example, at one point Swamp Thing is travelling to Gotham. In the background, behind the panels, there are all these vines. As he gets to the city, however, th ...more
Five stars, all the way. Swamp Thing is the BOSS.
Artur Coelho
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 após a p ...more
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 winning run
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Ben Leggett
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
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Christopher Rush
This volume and the last vie competitively for the dullest of the saga. I have no authority to ajudge Mr. Moore's usually-overflowing wealthspring of ideas in its totality, but here it seems to be weary and in need of refreshment. Certainly my utter and permanent dislike for "what's happening back home?" stories colors my response to this collection. I'm not saying a series can never momentarily shift focus away from its main character and ideas to more fully realize the universe in which it occ ...more
Norman Cook
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a bit of a let down after the intensity of the previous battle in the supernatural realm. Here, Abby is arrested because of her carnal relationship with Swamp Thing, somewhat of a ridiculous turn in what is already a pretty ridiculous premise. Then, Swamp Thing goes on an overblown rampage in Gotham City, essentially blackmailing the city into releasing her. I found this intensity of their love to be a quite a bit over the top. Finally, Swamp Thing is "killed" and we get a couple of iss ...more
Bram Ryckaert
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After the grand scope of the last volume, Moore's next arc in the saga is more down to earth (literally). Abby is on trial for her relationship with Swamp Thing, but jumps bail and runs off to Gotham City... where she gets arrested. Of course Swampy is pretty angry about this and unleashes his power on Gotham. Ultimately this story is more about Abby and how she deals with being away from her lover and the fallout of the big showdown in Gotham.

This volume is remarkable for having the first issu
Paul Fagan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Robert Hudder
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, what can you say about a graphic novel that has a guest appearance with Batman and it isn't super cheesy or overly batman-y?

Look, this arc made me trust a bit more what Alan Moore is up to. The soap opera elements are still there but worked into a manageable amount. I would definitely recommend this stint on Swamp thing.
Shane Perry
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole idea that Abby would be arrested for hooking up with Swamp Thing is really stupid. This book does some good development for Swamp Thing as a character, but that doesn’t excuse some of the silly lengths Alan Moore goes to to reach that development. The final two issues are what make this book worthwhile.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Viidennessä osassa nähdään paljon DC:n muita hahmoja, ja Swamp Thingin Gotham-valloitus. Lopussa Rämeen olento tuhoutuu ja joutuu tähtienväliselle odysseille, jossa ollaan jo aika miellyttävissä sfääreissä. Swamp Thingin liittäminen muuhun DC-mytologiaan ei hirveästi kiinnosta, eikä Mooren tarinankerronta ole mielestäni parhaimmillaan pitkissä tarinankaarissa.
Martin Chalupa
Jul 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 the
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Stephen Dedman
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pits Swamp Thing against both Batman and Lex Luthor, and features 'My Blue Heaven', the first comic I ever bought.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Less deep philosophically than Moore's later works, but there is still plenty in there for earthy types to grab onto
Adam Osth
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reread. Some entertaining stories here about Swamp Thing overrunning Gotham City with plants and demolishing Batman in a fight.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, vertigo
One of the better volumes I think.
Brian Longtin
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sign me up for a cosmic, tragic romance starring a depressive elemental force with a supporting role for Batman.
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Alan Moore is an English writer most famous for his influential work in comics, including the acclaimed graphic novels Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell. He has also written a novel, Voice of the Fire, and performs "workings" (one-off performance art/spoken word pieces) with The Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels, some of which have been released on CD.

As a comics writer, Moor

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“If you wear black, then kindly, irritating strangers will touch your arm consolingly and inform you that the world keeps on turning.

They're right. It does.

However much you beg it to stop.

It turns and lets grenadine spill over the horizon, sends hard bars of gold through my window and I wake up and feel happy for three seconds and then I remember.

It turns and tips people out of their beds and into their cars, their offices, an avalanche of tiny men and women tumbling through life...

All trying not to think about what's waiting at the bottom.

Sometimes it turns and sends us reeling into each other's arms. We cling tight, excited and laughing, strangers thrown together on a moving funhouse floor.

Intoxicated by the motion we forget all the risks.

And then the world turns...

And somebody falls off...

And oh God it's such a long way down.

Numb with shock, we can only stand and watch as they fall away from us, gradually getting smaller...

Receding in our memories until they're no longer visible.

We gather in cemeteries, tense and silent as if for listening for the impact; the splash of a pebble dropped into a dark well, trying to measure its depth.

Trying to measure how far we have to fall.

No impact comes; no splash. The moment passes. The world turns and we turn away, getting on with our lives...

Wrapping ourselves in comforting banalities to keep us warm against the cold.

"Time's a great healer."

"At least it was quick."

"The world keeps turning."

Oh Alec—

Alec's dead.”
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