Saga of the Swamp Thing

This week on the show: The Swamp Thing rises, Thundercats Ho!, and we answer a listener question about horror comics.


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New Thundercats

Action Comics #897
The last place Lex Luthor expected his quest for the Black Lantern energy to take him was Arkham Asylum – specifically to the cell of The Joker! What clues about Lex’s quest could The Joker have to offer, and why on Earth would Lex trust him? Get ready for a one-of-a-kind confrontation between comics’ two greatest villains, as brought to you by the twisted minds of Paul Cornell and Pete Woods!

Rating: ★★★½☆

It’s the return of your favorite furry flatfoots in an all-new original ongoing series! Trouble for the Rescue Rangers changes from big to absolutely huge when the team travels to the Arctic to saddle a sleuth of crazed polar bears. But the fur really flies when Chip confronts Monterey Jack, and the very leadership of the Rescue Rangers is on the line! Join DARKWING DUCK writer Ian Brill and MARVEL SUPERHERO SQUAD artist Leonel Castellani for part 3 of “Worldwide Rescue,” brought to you by BOOM! Studios and the Disney Afternoon Revolution!

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Secret Avengers #9
Writer:  Ed Brubaker
Artist:  Mike Deodato
Price:  $3.99
The Story: Will Shang Chi’s father return?! And now that their secret enemy’s involvement in his resurrection has been exposed, what will Steve Rogers and his team do to take on the Shadow Council? Brubaker and Deodato keep up the Kung Fu Espionage.

Rating: ★★★★½

The Dark Knight rises is set to start filming in May, and  the new Superman movie is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012.  Involved in both is Christopher Nolan.  He’s directing The Dark Knight, and producer for the Zack Snyder directed Superman.   Nolan is certainly H’wood’s golden child at the moment, but will his film brilliance work once again for two superhero films?


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Saga of the Swamp Thing Volume 1
From 1983 through 1987, a young British writer named Alan Moore revolutionized the American comic book. His groundbreaking tenure on DC Comics’ SWAMP THING set new standards for graphic storytelling and touched off a revolution in the medium that is still expanding today. Building on the title’s framework of gothic horror with a remarkably intuitive narrative style and an unprecedented depth of characterization, Moore’s vision was realized through the hauntingly beautiful artwork of such collaborators as Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Dan Day and Rick Veitch. The result is one of comics’ most enduring masterpieces.
Now, for the first time, Moore’s entire run — including his never-before-reprinted debut issue — is available in archival hardcover editions. This first volume, collecting issues 20-27 of THE SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING, also features a foreword by famed horror author Ramsey Campbell and a new introduction by Swamp Thing co-creator and original series editor Len Wein.

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  1. Great review, I really hope you guys contine to do more Swamp Thing trades down the line. Really one of my favorite runs of comics.

  2. After that review I just have to get my copy of Swamp Thing! And about references in comics – I enjoy them a lot, they were never obnoxious fo me! Comics are artifacts of culture; I like being able to read a 70’s comic book and seeing what people were crazy about those days. After a few years it may be obscure, but still – with the passing of time it stops being marketing and pandering and becomes… well, an artifact of culture.

  3. Blackthunder01 on

    This podcast makes me want to watch the movie on my Netflix when I get home. Great listen guys. Makes me wish that Swamp Thing was still going on today.

  4. I was in a shop the other day and saw several over sized, hardbound collections of Eerie, and Creepie. I believe Dark Horse put them out. They were about $60 each, but looked really great, and I’d love to have them.

  5. To be honest, I never read the entire Saga of the Swamp Thing, for two reasons. One, I was a fan of the original Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson Swamp Thing and it’s a case where the original is the best. Two, I have always detested Alan Moore’s comics, I don’t know exactly why. His panel layouts and poses have always struck me as stiff, like he is drawing chess pieces as they are moved around a chess board. I only got as far as the point where he killed off the Swamp Thing and remade him in Alan Moore’s image and gave up on the series in disgust.

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