The Saga of the Swamp Thing 25 (June 1984)

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Moore solves the problem of not having a start point (since he previously “closed” the Saga). First, he opens with Jason Blood coming to town. Moore’s Blood is one part hilarious, one part dangerous. It’s a great character (though does it foreshadow Moore too letting the supporting cast outshine the titular protagonist?).

Second, this issue is set an indeterminate period of time from the last issue. Not too long, but long enough Abby and Alec are hanging out on a regular basis. Moore’s the implication of the relationship—more about closeness than interaction—is a gentle one.

There’s still the villain of the issue, the Monkey King, which is a scary supernatural monster. Bissette and Moore turn this cute little monkey (everyone likes monkeys!) into a horrific thing.

Speaking of Bissette, he and Totleben do another fantastic issue. Lots of talking, lots of visual pacing.

It is, once again, phenomenal.

CREDITS

The Sleep of Reason…; writer, Alan Moore; penciller, Stephen R. Bissette; inker, John Totleben; colorist, Tatjana Wood; letterer, John Costanza; editor, Karen Berger; publisher, DC Comics.

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