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From critically acclaimed Southern Gothic horror novelist Nancy Collins. A mad priest called Father Tocsin has come to Houma to test his followers with a fatal poison. But when Tocsin indoctrinates one of his friends, Swamp Thing must stop the killings before they spread too far. Then, it's a grassroots political campaign as Swamp Thing finds himself a surprise candidate for governor of Louisiana. And Swamp Thing must get help to save Abigail Arcane and their young daughter, Tefé, from the murderous dream-pirates of Dark Conrad. Who's he gonna call? John Constantine! And Anton Arcane returns from the darkest pits of hell to seek revenge on Swamp Thing and all those he holds dear!
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Collins took over the series when its sales were in limbo, returning a moody horror vibe to a premise that had somewhat lost its way. Collins' run might not receive the fanfare of other Swamp Thing eras, but when it comes to breaking down the complicated and conflicting relationship between the memory of life as a man and Swamp Thing's true calling as the God of the Swamp, her tenure on the series remains one of the most fascinating.
Collins had begun reading the characters in their original incarnation in the ‘70s. At the time of her first issue, she was the first female writer to have written the series, and to date, there have been no others.
More than any previous writer, Collins grounded the saga soundly within its environment of Houma, Louisiana, focusing on local Cajun culture, even spending an entire issue retelling embellished versions of regional folktales. Some characters were based on real people, and visual reference for the artists was gathered via firsthand visits to the area by the writer. The villainous Ben Barron was directly based on real-life villain David Duke, who was then known for running for governor in Louisiana. Barron is put up against a satirical ad declaring the Swamp Thing as an opponent in the race to become governor.
Collins gave readers a glimpse of functional family life between Abby, Alec, and Tefe, though it was to be short-lived. In the beginning, there are many genuinely heartwarming scenes of them enjoying their time together, but, increasingly, demands on Alec as the Swamp Thing by the Parliament of Trees led him to make bad choices that endangered his family while working to heal the swamp.
Editorial gave the decree that Collins’ run would have to conclude with Swamp Thing isolated once more but gave her the option to kill off Abby and Tefe in order to achieve this conclusion. Hoping to spare two characters she had emotionally invested quite a bit into, Collins chose to have Abby leave Alec. In response to causing the breakup of one of DC’s most iconic couples, Collins would later observe, “Let's be frank — no woman in her right mind would put up with the bullshit Abby Holland was subjected to on a regular basis. In fact, the first time I spoke to Alan Moore, he commended me on giving Abby the guts to walk out of an unworkable relationship.” Regardless of having chosen to spare Abby and Tefe rather than fridge them, she was to receive plenty of hate-mail for this decision.
In 1993, something like 10 years after the beginning of Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing, Vertigo Comics was launched. Though Swamp Thing is today considered a founding Vertigo title, the launch of Vertigo in fact coincided with Swamp Thing #129, making that the first issue to sport the logo on the cover, after years of inspiring several weirder, more macabre takes on the DC Universe from any number of creators. This occurred within Collins’ run, making her a year one Vertigo creator.
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Item Code SWAMOH Publisher DC Comics Publish Date 2019 Coming Date Apr ISBN 9781401297091 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 896pg Color Full Color
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