5:3 ST visited the blue planet in issue SWAMP THING #56,
helped Rann in #57
- 58, was molested by the living/machine entity in
#60 and visited the plant beings in
#61.On this page we see Adam and Alanna Strange and the alien Green Lantern, Medphyl.
4:8 Other books by Alan Moore's also deal with the question of what a practically omnipotent person would do with their power. (See WATCHMEN and MIRACLEMAN as examples.)
9:1 This page reminds me of the cover of issue #32.
|Home sweet home|
10:3 Trigger was the horse of 1950's cowboy/celebrity Roy Rogers.
12:1 Abby first experienced the effect of swampy's tubers in issue #34 .
13:4 Is it getting hot in here?
14:2 That must be a flashback since Swampy gave Holland's body a proper burial in issue #28.
15:1 See my comments for issue #47 to learn about the Tefé.
18:7 Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most famous authors of fairy tales.
20:3 Chester came to Gotham City to see Swampy in #53.
21:4 Wallace Monroe ran into Chester last issue. Monroe first appeared in #35 with his late wife, Treasure.
The "woman from New Orleans" might be Alice or the actress Angela Lamb, both from issue #41.
|Character Labo ...author Moore|
23:4 Labo (Gene Labostrie) bears a resemblance to writer Alan Moore here. He gets another financial offer in issue SWAMP THING #67.
24:7 "Laissezz Les Bon Temps Roulez" is French for "Let the good times roll."
COMMENT: In a 1989 interview, Neil Gaiman mentions that Alan Moore had originally planned to end his run on the book with Abby dying of cancer. In that story, Swampy takes her into the Green and she becomes a plant elemental.
This issue's letter column contains a graceful farewell speech from writer Alan Moore. Although it is not mentioned, part of Moore's reason for leaving the book is that the publisher imposed a "suggested for mature readers" label on the covers. (Frank Miller stopped writing for DC at the same time.) Nevertheless, Moore brings his run on SWAMP THING to a beautiful closure here. Unfortunately, the otherwise excellent run of his successor, Rick Veitch, will not have such a pretty ending.