The Saga of the Swamp Thing 26 (July 1984)


It’s a fast issue, so fast I don’t even think Alec has any dialogue (Abby reflects on the proper name for him, it’s good to know Moore’s thinking about it too). Instead it’s an Abby issue and Moore layers the whole thing, flipping between flashback and present action.

Most of the present action is Abby and Alec wordlessly running to save a bunch of children from a monster. The flashbacks reveal some of Jason Blood’s involvement, Abby’s first day at work (which also ties in to the plot) and more of Abby and Matt’s marital problems.

This issue is all horror–though the Demon, even by Bissette, is nowhere near as scary as anything else in the issue–Moore knows how to bring out the terror. It’s simple terror too; Moore and Bissette’s handling of it is what makes it so disquieting.

Still, it’s unfortunate Alec barely makes an impression.


…A Time of Running…; 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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  1. Well, even though the book is titled Swamp Thing, sometimes the most interesting thing about it isn’t necessarily the main character. The multi layered approach of better writers seems to do this in comics once in a while. A similar approach that comes to mind is the Punisher Max series by Ennis, where Castle is often sublimated to background status while the plot advances through it’s supporting characters and their story. In both, the title character seems to be the catalyst for advancement of the plot, rather than the emphasis if the story. Not a problem for these guys, but more so for lesser writers…

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