Saga of the Swamp Thing

Vol 1, #20-27
DC
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Before WATCHMEN, Alan Moore made his debut in the U.S. comic book industry with the revitalization of the horror comic book THE SWAMP THING. His deconstruction of the classic monster stretched the creative boundaries of the medium and became one of the most spectacular series in comic book history. With modern-day issues explored against a backdrop of horror, SWAMP THING's stories became commentaries on environmental, political and social issues, unflinching in their relevance. SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING BOOK ONE collects issues #20-27 of this seminal series including the never-before-reprinted SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #20, where Moore takes over as writer and concludes the previous storyline. Book One begins with the story "The Anatomy Lesson," a haunting origin story that reshapes SWAMP THING mythology with terrifying revelations that begin a journey of discovery and adventure that will take him across the stars and beyond.
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After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human cultureÑthe biggest cross-continuity ÒuniverseÓ that is conceivableÑAlan Moore and Kevin OÕNeill conclude both their legendary LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN and their equally legendary comic book careers with the seriesÕ spectacular fourth and final volume, THE TEMPEST. Tying up the slenderest of plot threads and allusions from the three preceding volumes, THE BLACK DOSSIER, and the NEMO trilogy into a dazzling and ingenious bow, the worldÕs most accomplished and bad-tempered artist-writer team use their most stylistically adventurous outing yet to display the glories of the medium they are leaving; to demonstrate the excitement that attracted them to the field in the first place; and to analyze, critically and entertainingly, the reasons for their departure. Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled AyeshaÕs lost African city of Kor, and the domed citadel of ÒWeÓ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe from Lincoln Island to modern America to the Blazing World; from the Jacobean antiquity of ProsperoÕs Men to the superhero-inundated pastures of the present to the unimaginable reaches of a shimmering science-fiction future. With a cast list that includes many of the most iconic figures from literature and pop culture, and a tempo that conveys the terrible momentum of inevitable events, this is literally and literarily the story to end all stories. Originally published as a six-issue run of unfashionable, outmoded and flimsy childrenÕs comics that would make you appear emotionally backward if you read them on the bus, this climactic magnum opus also reprints classic English super-team publication The Seven Stars from the murky black-and-white reachers of 1964. A magnificent celebration of everything comics were, are, and could be, any appreciator or student of the medium would be unwise to miss THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, VOLUME IV: THE TEMPEST.
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DC
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Published on
Apr 10, 2012
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Pages
212
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ISBN
9781401241186
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English
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Comics & Graphic Novels / Horror
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