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Swamp Thing, Vol. 2: Love and Death

(Swamp Thing (1982) #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  7,818 ratings  ·  321 reviews
What Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette, and John Totleben accomplished during their time on the comic book series Swamp Thing shouldn't be underestimated in the history of comics and, specifically, the history of horror comics. The modern comics landscape has been changed by the Vertigo line of books--an imprint that traces its roots back to this version of Swamp Thing. By taki ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Vertigo (first published March 1985)
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The first volume was great but the second one is even greater!

This Hardcover TPB collects "Swamp Thing" #28-34 plus Annual #2, and along with some material from "House of Secrets" #92

Creative Team:

Writer: Alan Moore

Illustrators: Stephen Bissette, John Tottleben, Rick Veitch & Shawn McManus


The levels of the writing, the levels of the events, the levels of the characters, all got higher and higher.

You're playing with the big boys now!

In this epic volume, Swamp Thin
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think this was mostly better than the first volume, save for the aliens story, but it was the last one, the declaration of love between ST and Abs and their acid trip sex act that sealed this volume as something pretty awesome.

I mean, sure, when Abs dies during the awesome conflict with Arcane and ST goes to heaven and hell to get her back, that was pretty awesome, too, but I thought the last bit was most special. :)

But beyond that, the worst part of this volume was not the aliens, but Cain an

Love and death, romance and horror. Swamp Thing is balanced, bizarre, and beautiful.

In volume two, Swamp Thing has a major revelation when it comes to his and Alec Holland's identities. And he fights demons and walks through literal Heaven and Hell. This story can be very grand. Yet he also shows Abby the minutiae of the swamp, the intricacies of insects, and waxes psychedelic and introspective. There's even an issue from Len Wein that gets philosophical and meta-fictional, discussing the diffe
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Volume 2 of Alan Moore's epic Swamp Thing follows in the footsteps of Vol 1 by mirroring its excellence. As the story has developed we see the Swamp Thing begin to accept his role, though not perhaps the exact scope of his power, and says goodbye to his humanity. But his old nemesis Anton Arcane is not done with him or Alec's past love Abby Arcane.

What follows is an epic, and oft trippy, incursion into the mind of Alan Moore. This story is amazing in its depth. There is a lot to take in and the
David Schaafsma
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, this is one of the classics from Alan Moore. Saying anything against it would be like saying something against The Holy Bible itself. It does feel like it has a place in comics history in a number of ways. There's the inclusion of a Walt Kelly "Pogo" Tribute which felt sorta weird and out of place for me, (but you know, it's an ol' Louisiana swamp story, that Pogo, so here is Moore paying his respects to former comics greats and creating a little layering of comic history into his tale, ty ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
I liked the first volume of Moore's Swamp Thing, but wow. This was something else again. The large storyline that takes up most of the volume is fantastic, eerie, and perfectly ties up nearly every loose end that I saw from the previous volume. One issue is a tribute to Pogo, and once I warmed up to it, it ended up being unexpectedly bittersweet and lovely. (I think anybody who's already familiar with Pogo would get way more out of this issue than I did.) Rites of Spring surprised me by the way ...more
J.G. Keely
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
I need something higher than 5 stars...
May 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I get it. I wasn't blown away by the first volume, but volume two makes it clear why people rave about Moore's Swamp Thing.

I'm not sure why I liked this volume so much more. Possibly, it just seems more epic and more suited to the adventures of a creature that is an elemental force, rather than merely another action hero. For me, at least, Swamp Thing's physicality should seem almost an afterthought.

Now, I kind of understand where Moore is going. Swamp Thing makes more sense; his supporting
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first volume was Moore setting up his character as a "Moore" character. Layered, powerful, emotional and above all real. It matters not a wit that Alec has become swamp slime, flora and fauna. In Moore's hands he is a human being with real emotions and drives. I loved this!

There was wide variety in the type of tale told here. I have no idea how much input Moore had as to which illustrator/inker did which issues, but whoever made those decisions made the correct ones! The story arc that imita
This may be the best bunch of Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run (with the amazing collaboration of Bissette and Totleben). It was a hell of a run. Around 48 comics long, and this collection of seven chapters is exceptional. And if one needs any proof that Moore is a truly great author, not just a great "comic book" author, one need look no further than this volume.

It's in his metaphors (just look at what is probably the best description of the Flash's everyday existence in the history of comics); it
Diana Ashkanani
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I thought there was a lot of "horror" and "gore" in this book, and the stories were a bit slower. It's more focused on the drawings and writing style rather than the flow of the story itself. Some parts were like random issues that aren't necessarily related to the story or affect it in any way.

But still enjoyable.
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
I think Swamp Thing is one of my favorite comic characters now? Also, I need to buy an individual copy of issue #34. That was so wild. I love this series so far. Kind of weird, but in a good way.
Peter Derk
How it hurts my heart to say this.

Purple prose out the ass.

This book, like the first volume, has some great moments. Even incredible. But boy, parts of it feel like they were written because someone bought way too much ink and had to kill off a few vats.

I'm going to do some theorizing here. I think what we're seeing, looking back almost 30 years now, is the growing pains of comic books. The teenage years when feelings were FEELINGS and came at a cost. Not only that, but comics were working hard
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is such a freakin' good book!

I think this has become one of my favourite titles at the moment, and it's freaking 30 years old! The art is beautiful and the writing is perfection. Who knew a horror based title could give you such warm fuzzies as you read it's. Alan Moore creates such a believable character, along with the colourful world around it.

I loved the guest appearances by Phantom Stranger, Deadman, The Spectre and seeing Etrigan the demon was a treat as well.

Low point: The filler
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A masterpiece from Moore. Taking a character who started out as a horror comic monster, and using him as the lens through which to examine humanity was a great idea, and works well on so many levels. No longer Alec Holland, the Swamp Thing merely retains his essence, but is entirely non-human, and in the first issue, 'The Burial' finally puts the body and soul of Holland to rest. The humanity and grace with which this story is told just really illustrates the skill Moore has as a writer.
The next
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I was reading this on the train, and it was fairly light outside. But the more I read, the more I was pulled into the story - I remember thinking I was surrounded by nothing but darkness (it was while reading Abandoned House) and then being startled when I happened to look up. That's how amazing this is.

It's also genuinely scary and creepy. And gorgeous to look at (no thanks to the printing, but you get the idea and it's incredible). Comic art that pushes boundaries and works so very well with
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Moore's rich and evocative writing evokes a palpable sense of dread, and the artwork of the afterlife has a sense of horror Hieronymus Bosch would have been proud of. All of this, a guest appearance by Deadman and 'Rite of Spring' (a hallucinatory issue that stretches the bounds of human consciousness AND comic writing). Buy it for someone who is a newcomer to comics but hasn't realised their literary potential. Yet.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alan Moore at his best.

Is amazing how beautifull each issue in this volume is written. Specially Annual #2, which tells the story of The Swamp Thing in search of his beloved Abigail in darkest sides of hell. Just fantastic.
Ignacio Senao f
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahora sí encontramos un tomo interesante, en el que hay historias de todo tipo: viaje al infierno por un alma perdida, inmigración marciana, nos la juega dos personajes de Sandman y un autentico viaje psicodélico.
Oh, Alan Moore. You're so ridiculously good, and even this early on in your career your work remains downright exemplary. There's something beautiful about a person taking established characters and casting them in a light both so familiar and yet so different as to alter your entire perspective. Here's Cain and Abel, Deadman, The Stranger, and Spectre; here's everything you know about Swamp Thing changed to the point that he is Earth's Elemental, a Gaurdien in the word's of Pog(o) the (Interga ...more
Britton Summers

Alan Moore continues his epic saga of the muck and crusted mockery of a man with Volume 2 of his run.

In this arc, we see Swamp Thing, as he goes through the crisis of losing his love interest Abby Cable (nee Arcane), getting her back from hell, meeting a bunch of forgotten DC characters such as The Phantom Stranger, Etrigan The Demon (again), The Spectre, Deadman, etc, burying his old self, seeing his former self in the afterlife, Anton Arcane returns through Matt Cable and wrecks ha
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, vertigo
I wonder if this volume inspired Animal Man's Wile E. Coyote issue?
Ryne Barber
Nov 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swamp Thing has been around for as long as I can remember - I used to own a comic in the '90s where Swamp Thing and this other lady were having some sweet loving. It wasn't any of the issues out of this collection, but I'm pretty sure it was an Alan Moore story, so the memory isn't totally out of context. Anyway, Vertigo's reissue of Alan Moore's seminal story is collected in a nice hardcover volume that, for this book, includes issues 28 - 34 of the series.

I never realized how fantastic Swamp T
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reading through Alan Moore's oeuvre comes, ironically enough, with one of his earliest North American works, and one of the ones he's best known for. I'm actually surprised that it took me this long to get to reading it, due to how influential it is compared to a lot of his other work - it's been argued that without Swamp Thing, Vertigo Comics would never have coalesced, which I think would have had a huge impact on how comics are formatted and marketed today (especially regarding the now-rou ...more
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
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Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I feel stupid reviewing this. But I want to say, SKIP GAIMAN'S INTRO and continue right to the horror within. The "Arcane Trilogy" as the collective has come to call it, is amongst the best comics ever inked. It seems like before this, horror comics were scary because of the images (which is true for these comics, too (the images of Hell among the best created)), but after this, the visual medium was both pushed to the side in favor of writing ("Down Amongst the Dead Men" has Moore at a Milton-l ...more
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, vertigo
This volume was much better than the first one. It was brilliant, even. Weird, cool, (extremely) trippy, eerie. I love the artwork and all the fiddling with layouts, this book is absolutely gorgeous to look at. Every page turn is an anticipation, and you almost always get rewarded with something extraordinary. The last chapter is an apogee, being basically a wild hallucinogenic trip that forces you to physically rotate the book several times (a bit of a bummer reading digitally). The vertical do ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Swamp thing gets himself a girlfriend. Wait, I shouldn't have blurted out like this. But, this is not much of a spoiler since Swamp Thing edition by Alan Moore is rerun of original Swamp Thing popular issues. Yet, no prior knowledge is required.

Graphics are as before vibrant; colour and inking is as dark as possible. The one issue that I didn't like in this comic was Pog, with their Lewis Carrol-ish 'portmanteau words'. I thought that story interrupted the flow in the book as was bit annoyi
Eric Mikols
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vertigo
This series is surprisingly entertaining for me. I don't know why, since I enjoy Alan Moore, 80's comics, the dark magic of DC, and creature heroes. Really, this comic has it all and gets it right. The art is amazing and always goes beyond the call of duty. The stories are intelligently written and are always foreboding, leaving you almost afraid to turn the page. This is horror that only comics can do; creepy, detailed, and intriguing. While all the stories were well done, the last chapter of t ...more
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