10 Horror-Themed Graphic Novels You Should Read

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Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing has a long comic book history but at the moment, I’m only referring to the reworking of the mythos by the great Alan Moore. Though originally, the Swamp Thing was believed to be a creature that was once human, Moore swept that aside and created a narrative wherein the swamp thing is pure monster, a creature born of the “The Green,” an elemental community that connects all life on Earth. At the beginning of Moore’s series, he introduces a group called the Sunderland Corporation, a nefarious organization who will stop at nothing to unlock the secret of Alec Holland’s research (Alec Holland being the man from the original stories who was thought to have turned into the swamp monster). It’s revealed later through an autopsy of the creature (while it’s still alive I might add), that Alec Holland did actually die in a fire and the swamp thing had absorbed his mind, memories, and abilities. As with most graphic novels with more than one instalment, the story is detailed and peopled with many fascinating characters (including the first appearances of the iconic John Constantine). I highly recommend picking this one up, you won’t regret it!

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