Swamp Thing by Alan Moore
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 16 May 2014

Swamp Thing

Author: Alan Moore
Artist: Stephen Bissette

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi

Exploring themes such as identity, self and being, the Alan Moore run of Swamp Thing is a supernatural horror series of the highest order. Moore's ethereal dialogue floats above the dreamy artwork in his unique poetic style.

When Alec Holland's home is destroyed by invaders who leave an exploding surprise, he runs out into a nearby swamp attempting to extinguishing the flames engulfing him. His essence (or soul) is transferred to a mutated plant life (due to a substance he had been developing). From this transformation, The Swamp Thing is born.

Raising questions about humanity, we are left to ponder, is the swamp thing actually Alec or some type of botanical clone? Made from fading memories and an instinct to survive, the Swamp Thing is linked to the Earth and all forms of plant life. Clinging to the remains of his old life, he finds love in the tragic, Abby.

Swamp Thing is a story about finding one's self wrapped in action-packed suspense and mystery which thrill and fright in equal measure. With religious imagery in the form of earth bound demons and visions straight from Dante's Inferno add to the haunting dreamy landscape depicted in the great artwork.

My one complaint would be is that at times, the appearances of other DC Universe characters (little more than cameos) would take me out of the story in the early parts of the series. The first appearance of John Constantine however, is one of the more memorable additions.

Swamp Thing was originally created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson.