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SWAMP THING
#58
"Exiles"

(22 pages)
Writer: Alan Moore
Artist(s): Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala
Colorist: Tatjana Wood
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Karen Berger
Swamp Thing Created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson

Cover: John Totleben (signed)


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Another connection that Hawkman shares with Swamp Thing: The Hawks battle agents of ST's old nemesis, the Sunderland Corporation, in HAWKWORLD #13 and HAWKWORLD ANNUAL #2.

2:2

 
        LAM TALSA    {GOOD MORNING}???
	KEELA ROO    {KEELA ROO}
	QU           {YOU}
	GLIPSI       {FLY}
	SARN.        {FAST}???

	LAM TALSA    {GOOD MORNING}???
	ADAM STRANGE {ADAM STRANGE}
	BAS          {WE}????
	HAKKESTRANGE {HAWK SOLDIERS}
	ETHMET       {ALWAYS}????
	GLIPSI	     {FLY}	
	SARN.        {FAST}???
	TOMTEL       {WAIT}
	QU           {YOU} 
"Good morning, Keela Roo. You're sure flying fast." "Good morning, Adam Strange. We hawk soldiers always fly fast, while you remain behind."

2:3

 
        BA           {I}
	MURRN        {ACTIVATE}???
	ILILOCTA-    {SPEECH}
        UNULACON     {TRANSLATOR} 
"I'm activating the language translator." The Rannians had a translator called a menticizer in Strange's first story.
At his Too Busy Thinking About My Comics blog (Dec.13, 2010), Colin Smith reviewed this issue and ranked as #9 out of "10 books he can find nothing bad about at all to speak of."
It's as if Alan Moore had abstracted everything that's depraved and repellent about the culture of Nazism and then fused it with this imaginary off-world society

5:2

 
        ADAM?        {ADAM?}
	QU           {YOU}
	FAO          {DO}
	AEL?         {OKAY?}
	QU           {YOU}
	FAO          {DO}
	GLO          {????}
	MULMAP.      {????.}  
	OL           {IT}
	FA           {BE}	
	THO          {NO}
	DATTOCHAM    {HIT}???
	UL           {AND}
	APIC ZETA?   {ZETA BEAM?}
 
	THOM.        {NO.}
	BE
	FAS          {BE}
	AEL.         {OKAY.}
	CLAAB        {BUT}        
	BA           {I}
	SISTRIS      {WORRY}
	NEEM
        APS          {ABOUT}
        HAKKESTRANGE.{HAWK SOLDIERS}.
"Adam? Are you doing okay? You didn't have to use the Zeta-Beam?" "No. It'll be okay. But I'm concerned about those hawk soldiers."

5:3

 
        TRA.         {YES.}      
	OLS          {IT}
	SISTRIT      {WORRY}
	BU           {MY}
	EMSEC.       {ALSO.}???  
	CLAAB        {BUT}????
	GLUSTEN      {GREATLY}
	THO.         {NO.}       
	BAS          {WE}???
	DOL  
	FAO          {DO}
	AEL          {OKAY}
	AP           {ABOUT}
	BU           {MY}
	PHANAGLISP.  {FLYER.)
	
	TRA.         {YES}
	BA           {I}
        SLOVIER      
	OL           {IT}
	GLO           
	DREMME.      {????} 
"Yes. I'm worried too. But not too much. I'm concerned about my flyer." "I won't let it happen again."

5:4

 
        THO          {NO}
	GRARAKLAK,
	THO          {NO}
	VORYEGGEN    {CACTUS-CREATURES}
	SERT         {ONLY}
	BA           {ME}
	UL           {AND}
	QU.          {YOU.}
"No battles, no cactus-creatures. Only me and you."

5:5

 TRA.         {YES.}
	SERT         {ONLY}
	BA           {ME}
	UL           {AND}
	QU.          {YOU.}
"Yes. Only me and you."

5:6

 
        AI!          {HEY!}???
	OL           {he or  IT}
	FA           {BE}
	GLISPACH     (JETPACK)
	BU!          {MY!}
	DUS          {WHAT}???
	FAO          {DO} 
	QU           {YOU}
	AO           {WITH}
	OL?          {him or IT?}

	HUH?         {HUH?}
	UR
	THO          {NO}
	ANTRA 
        GLISPACH     {JETPACK}
        IR		
        RETTE!       {BRING!}
"Hey! That's my jetpack! What are you doing with it?" "Huh?

5:7

 
        BA           {I}
	WORL 	     {SAID}
	THO!         {NO!}
	OL           {IT}
	FA           {BE}
	GLISPACH BU! {MY JETPACK!}
	FORS
	BA           {I}
	OL ,         {IT,}
	HET?         {GET?}

	SISTRIS      {WORRY}
	THO          {NO}
	ALANNA       {ALANNA}
	QU           {YOU}
	DOL          {MAY}
	GLISPA       {FLY}
	THO CHA      {WITHOUT}
	GLISPACH.    {JETPACK.}	
"I said no! It's my jetpack! It's mine ,get it?" "Don't worry, Alana. You can fly without a jetpack."

6:2

 
        ADAM!        {ADAM!}
	VIER!        {SEE!}
"Adam! Look!"

6:3

 
        VIER         {SEE}
	MASMAT!      {THERE!}???
	VORYEGGER!   {CACTUS-CREATURE!}
"Look there! The cactus-creature!"

6:4

 
        DUSS?        {WHAT?}
	DUSS         {WHAT}
	ILILOC       {SPEAK}
	QU?          {YOU?}

	UH?          {UH?}
	THOSMAL.     {NOTHING.}???
	THOSMAL,     {NOTHING,}???
	FABRET       {FORGET}???
	OL?          {him or IT}
"What? What are you saying?" "Huh? Nothing. Nothing. Forget it."

7:1

 
        QU           {YOU}
	TOMTEL       {WAIT}
	RARN         {HERE}???
	ONAMAO BU    {MY LOVE.}
"Wait here, my love."

7:2

 
        LARS
	BA           {I}
	DATTASTRANG  {DESTROY}???
	AM           {THIS}???
	GLUSTIC      {BIG}      
	GRUSNACH
	VORYEGGER!   {CACTUS-CREATURE!}

	ADAM!        {ADAM!}
	FA           {BE}
	AELSMAT!     {CAREFUL!}???

        THO          {NO} 
        HOORDA       {HARM}
        QUL!         {YOURSELF!}
"I'll destroy this big cactus-creature!" "Adam! Be careful! Don't get hurt!"

7:3

 
        QU             {YOU}
	DREST 
	MAKTE
	LOD,
	VORYEGGER!   {CACTUS-CREATURE!}
        AM           {THIS}???
        SUBLA,       {TIME}???
        BA           {I}
        LALTO
        DATACHAMSI   {DESTROY}????
        QU!          {YOU}
"You cactus-creature! This time I will destroy you!"

7:4

 
        BA             {I}
	SHETTE
	QU           {YOU},
	BA           {I}
	RALZAT
	QU?          {YOU?}

8:3

 
        ADAM?        {ADAM?}
	VORYEGGER    {CACTUS-CREATURE}
	ILILOC       {SPEAKS}
	INGLISH?     {ENGLISH?}
"Adam? The cactus-creature speaks English?"

8:4

 
        UH, TRA      {UH, YES}
	OL           {HE}
	UTU          {IS CALLED}
	"SMALSH-YEGGER"{"SWAMP THING"}
	APS          {ON}
	URTH.        {EARTH.}  
"Uh, yeah. On Earth he's called Swamp Thing."

8:6

 
        SMALSH-YEGGER  {SWAMP THING}
	DOH          {HERE}???
	RETTE        {BRINGS}
	GLISPACH BU. {MY JETPACK.}
	QU           {YOU}
	DOL          {MAY or  SHOULD}
	CHAP         {THANK}
	OL.          {HIM.}

	MISEL        {THANK}
	QU           {YOU}
	APS          {ABOUT}
	GLISPACH,    {JETPACK,}
	SMALSH-YEGGER.{SWAMP THING.}
"Swamp Thing here has brought my jetpack. You should thank him." "Thank you for the jetpack, Swamp Thing."

9:6

 
        ADAM?        ADAM?
	DUSS         {WHAT}
	ILILOC       {SPEAK}
	QU           {YOU}
	AP           {ABOUT}
	SMALSH-YEGGER?{SWAMP THING?}
"Adam? What are you and Swamp Thing speaking about?"

10:1

 
        ALANNA,      ALANNA,
	BA           {I}
	HET          {HAVE}
	AMAGLIM!     {IDEA!}???
	EP           {WITH}
	URTH         {EARTH}
	EPO          {WITH}
        GOTHAMAGAR   {GOTHAM CITY}
        SMALSH-YEGGER{SWAMP THING}
        FAOR         {COULD}
        LURSHASTRANG.{GROW VEGETATION}
        FAO          {DO}
        OL           {HE}
        LURSHASTRANG {GROW VEGETATION}
        EP           {WITH}
        RANN?        {RANN?}

        IU, ADAM!    {OH, ADAM!}
        OLF          {THAT}
        FAO          {IS}
        MASSLA!      {????}        
"Alanna, I have an idea! Back on Earth, Swamp Thing grew vegetation throughout Gotham City. Maybe he could re-fertilize Rann?" "Oh, Adam! This is a miracle!"

16:2 Not only is it ironic that the fountain takes a cat-like shape to kill the bird-like Thanagarian, but it may be tied to the image from last issue (page 20) of a couple drinking intimately from the skull of a giant cat.

21:2

 
        MAMOON.      {PLEASE.}???
        IU,          {OH,}
	SMALSH-YEGGER{SWAMP THING}
        MAMOON.      {PLEASE.}???  
"Please. Oh, Swamp Thing, please.

21:3

 
        ALANNA,      ALANNA,	
	ILILOC       {SPEAKS}
	"TRA"        {"YES"}
"Alanna, he says Yes."

21:4

 
        IU,          {OH,}
	SMALSH-YEGGER{SWAMP THING}
	QU           {YOU}
	HET          {HAVE}
	ONAMAS       {LOVE}???
	BA           {I}
"Oh, Swamp Thing, I love you!"

21:5

 
        IU, ADAM!    {OH, ADAM!}
	BA           {I}
	CHACHEDO  
	QU!          {YOU!}
"Oh, Adam! I adore you!"

21:6

 
        ADAM         ADAM
        SASSU        {BE AT PEACE}
        BA           {I}
        MASSIENT!    {PREGNANT!}
"Adam, rejoice! I am pregnant!"

22:1

 
        MASS         {PREGNANCY}
        LOC          {TEST/RESULTS}
        BU.          {MY.}
        IU,          {OH,}
	ADAM         ADAM
	BA           {I}
	FAO          {AM}
	SA           {SO}
	GLELIG!      {HAPPY!}???

	UH, TRA.     {UH, YES.}
	TRA          {YES}
	BAS          {WE}
	APSI.
	IU,          {OH,}
	ALANNA.      ALANNA.
	SAMSO
	BA           {I}
	KLAT

	IU, ADAM     {OH, ADAM}
"My pregnancy test! Oh, Adam! I am so happy!" "Uh, yes. Yes we {???} Oh, Alanna. {???} I {???}?" "Oh, Adam."

22:3

 
        BA           {I}	
	ONAMAO       {LOVE}	
	QU.          {YOU.}
"I love you."

15:1 Link from 14:6 "I didn't know..."/"I knew it."

21:2 Adam will make good on his promise in issue #61.

22:6 The fountain is heart-shaped.

COMMENT: The cover for this issue is misleading. DC Comics fans will assume that Hawkman and Hawkwoman are pictured on the cover, whereas those are actually different characters in very similar costumes.

COMMENT: I have prepared a Rannian lexicon.

COMMENT: The tension between the Rann and Thanagar foreshadows the "Invasion!" storyline which crossed over into many DC titles including ST #81.

COMMENT: Issues #57 and 58 provide the first look at the "revised", grimmer perspective on the Adam Strange character, in which he hasn't fully realized that the sterile Rannians regard him merely as breeding stock. This idea was further developed by Richard Bruning in the 1990 3-part series ADAM STRANGE: THE MAN OF TWO WORLDS, which was pretty depressing despite nice artwork by Andy and Adam Kubert. In that story, Swamp Thing doesn't make an appearance, but a religious cult had risen to worship him for his reviving of their planet.(Look for Swampy's face in the first fruit Strange finds.) The "living fountain" is seen in part one.

Mark Waid repopularized Adam Strange and restored his sense of heroism in JLA #20-21. Fanzing.com has a good article on Strange's history.

COMMENT: This issue contains an 8 page preview of the 1987 series THE SPECTRE.



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