Swamp Thing dis­cov­ers who he isn’t

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Saga Of The Swamp Thing #21, Fe­bru­ary 1984

What hap­pened? With “The Anatomy Les­son”, his first “proper” script for the strug­gling DC muck-monster who would make his name in Amer­ica, Brit comics’ god Alan Moore showed what a bit of po­etry, a lot of in­ven­tion and a de­ter­mi­na­tion to take any con­cept se­ri­ously can do. This is elec­tric stuff, packed with at­mos­phere and twists, and re­veal­ing that our hero is not the trans­formed sci­en­tist Alec Hol­land at all…

Why was it shock­ing? It showed how you can to­tally rein­vent a char­ac­ter with­out negat­ing any­thing that had gone be­fore; it demon­strated that in this os­ten­si­bly vis­ual medium, writ­ers mat­ter rather a lot, ac­tu­ally; and it shouted from the rooftops that “The Bri­tish are com­ing!”

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