The Saga of the Swamp Thing 27 (August 1984)

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The issue ends on two wildly divergent notes.

First, Swamp Thing and this previously scared little boy go for a peaceful walk back to the boy’s school after a monstrous night. It’s calm and gentle. Moore doesn’t give Alec too much dialogue—there’s still something tragic and sad about Swamp Thing, even if he’s at peace.

Second, Abby finds out she had something to do with the events leading up to the evening (well, the Demon suggests it and, as Jason Blood points out, even the Demon’s occasionally honest). The issue ends with her getting into a car with Matt.

Who, a few pages earlier, seemingly sold his soul to an evil fly to stay alive.

Moore, Bissette and Totleben handle these different moods naturally. Their Swamp Thing has room for it all.

For an action-packed issue (lots of fighting), Moore’s quiet ending is the perfect touch.

It’s excellent.

CREDITS

..By Demons Driven!; 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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