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    Absolute Swamp Thing

    I didn't realize that this came out today.

    '(W) Alan Moore (A) Shawn McManus, Dan Day, Rick Veitch, Alfredo Alcala, Others (A/CA) Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben

    Alan Moore's legendary run of Swamp Thing tales is collected in Absolute format at last, completely recolored for this new edition! This first of three volumes includes Moore's first Swamp Thing story, issue #20's "Loose Ends," a prelude to his haunting origin story, "The Anatomy Lesson," which reshapes Swamp Thing's mythology with terrifying revelations. Collects Saga Of The Swamp Thing #20-34 and Swamp Thing Annual #2."

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    I'll have to check this out.
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    Got this for my birthday from Alison and it's fucking beautiful. And VERY heavy, haha. Like, it's exercise reading it. Such a nice presentation though, a felt cover with a sturdy slipcover and a stitched in cloth bookmark.

    I've never read the Moore run in its entirety from start to finish, I read most of it in the 90s but by grabbing back issues here and there so it was all out of order and I never did complete it, so it's a bit of a treat to be able to go through the first chunk of it in order.

    Anyway, I don't have to tell anyone familiar with it how great it is. So above most other 'mainstream' comics of the time in terms of concept and what not. I also really love Totleben and Bissette's artwork too. Some have taken issue with the recoloring in this edition, which is fair enough, I get it, but I think it looks really nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    Got this for my birthday from Alison and it's fucking beautiful. And VERY heavy, haha. Like, it's exercise reading it. Such a nice presentation though, a felt cover with a sturdy slipcover and a stitched in cloth bookmark.

    I've never read the Moore run in its entirety from start to finish, I read most of it in the 90s but by grabbing back issues here and there so it was all out of order and I never did complete it, so it's a bit of a treat to be able to go through the first chunk of it in order.

    Anyway, I don't have to tell anyone familiar with it how great it is. So above most other 'mainstream' comics of the time in terms of concept and what not. I also really love Totleben and Bissette's artwork too. Some have taken issue with the recoloring in this edition, which is fair enough, I get it, but I think it looks really nice.
    I'm jealous, Ian. Those Swamp Thing comics are damned good.

    By contrast, I got socks for my birthday
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    I’d kill for an Absolute Ambush Bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul L View Post
    I'm jealous, Ian. Those Swamp Thing comics are damned good.

    By contrast, I got socks for my birthday
    Socks are useful, at least!

    The problem with going through the 'Essential' Volume One book is that Volume Two doesn't look like it's coming out until October of this year and by the looks of things, there will have to be a Volume Three as well, which I figure will be sometimes in early 2021. So it's going to be a while before I can finish the run, unless DC decides to speed up the schedule. I could go out and get the other collected versions... but then they won't look awesome together on my shelf and that would make me sad.

    I realize that there are much, much bigger issues in the world these days, but I tend to obsess over things like this, so yeah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane View Post
    Socks are useful, at least!

    The problem with going through the 'Essential' Volume One book is that Volume Two doesn't look like it's coming out until October of this year and by the looks of things, there will have to be a Volume Three as well, which I figure will be sometimes in early 2021. So it's going to be a while before I can finish the run, unless DC decides to speed up the schedule. I could go out and get the other collected versions... but then they won't look awesome together on my shelf and that would make me sad.

    I realize that there are much, much bigger issues in the world these days, but I tend to obsess over things like this, so yeah.
    All I can say is, good things come to those who wait (to quote the Guinness ads).
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    Charles Vess should have done more Swamp Thing art.

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    I wish Sam Keith had a long Swamp thing run.

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    One super rad thing about the Absolute Swamp Thing hardcover is that in addition to the comics themselves, there's a pretty substantial gallery showing off a lot of concept work by Bissette and Totleben as well as a few pages of text explaining their process early on in their work on the run. Some of the pencil art included here is crazy good and to the best of my knowledge hasn't been reproduced anywhere else (though I could be wrong on that).
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