The Internet is still burning over how DC treated Gail Simone last week and through that smoke and haze the comic publisher has announced who will be filling in for her and a few other changes. Click that button for more details.
With its nearly year long build up, Rotworld has finally begun, promising us a long, epic tale spanning three titles. The Swamp Thing Annual has arrived and it’s telling a very different kind of story for a horror book. Major Spoilers takes a look to see if a story of love works along side all the death and decay.
Swam Thing’s zero issue arrives as his origins are explored and the battle between The Green and The Rot continue. Does The Green allow this plant to survive or does it succumb to The Rot? Major Spoilers finds out!
Or – “An Awful Family Reunion…”
There are two words that will chill the blood of any long-term Swamp Thing reader:
Your shuddery Major Spoilers review awaits…
Or – “…And A New Beginning.”
And Welcome to the New Year! (Sorry, I’m not going to kiss you. I’m a happily married man, after all. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t some kissing to be had, Faithful Spoilerite.)
Often, when I consider what comics I want to Retro Review, I find myself gravitating towards the years wherein I really discovered comics as an art form, circa my early teens in the mid-Reagan-era. When I started thinking about what book would make the perfect start for a new year full of promise and high hopes, one thing was certain: Alan Moore would almost certainly be involved.
Few other titles in the existence of modern comics can tout the A-list pedigree that Swamp Thing has enjoyed: Alan Moore, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison. Now industry wunderkind Scott Snyder is ready to try his hand at the rebooted creature from the swamp. How does he fare? You know the drill…take the jump for details!
DC Comics has announced not only will the superheroes get a relaunch in September, but so will Swamp Thing and other supernatural characters of the DCU.
UPDATE: This story has been updated from the 9:00 edition that includes cover images, and more supernatural characters, including vampires, and VOODOO by Ron Marz.
This week, on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew take a gander at Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing, Book 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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We’re all trying to be better stewards of the planet at Major Spoilers, but sometimes trying to be green leads to a bit of conflict – especially when Marvel and DC are involved. This week it is the battle of the creatures from the bog; Swamp Thing and Man-Thing.
Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, has announced Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Thing will be collected for the first time in hardcover form, and will arrive in stores on February 11, 2009.Â This 208 page edition collects issues 20-27 where Alan Moore began as the series writer.
Book 1 begins with the story â€œThe Anatomy Lesson,â€ where Moore and his collaborators Stephen Bissette and John Totleben, whose imaginative, genre-breaking artwork, set the gothic tone of the journey to come. By building on the characterâ€™s foundations in horror, this creative team delivers a haunting origin story that reshapes his mythology with terrifying revelations. When the creature that once believed he was scientist Alec Holland discovers his true nature, he realizes that he is something far less human than he previously believed. And with the resurrected DC villain the Floronic Man attacking the issues of pollution and consumption of natural resources, SWAMP THINGâ€™s journey is one of discovery and adventure that will eventually take him across the stars and beyond.
Saga of the Swamp Thing Book 1 will set you back $24.99.
Gotta squeeze this one in, just to upset those of you who think politics and comics shouldn’t mix.Â It’s all in good fun.
It’s just a bit of fun, really, but I get a real kick out of imagining what a Conan/Swamp Thing administration would be like. Â I figure national security wouldn’t be a problem (who’d wanna mess with an axe wielding barbarian?) and environmental issues would definitely take center stage. Â Hell, even the current financial mess in the US would probably benefit — you could imagine President Conan meeting with Wall Street heads and scowling, “Crom! Â You’re all thieves! Â You should all be strung up by your fat necks!“.
And if your are interested in politics in comics, you should really check out our recent Major Spoilers podcast where we discussed these issues in depth.