The seven issues collected in this first volume of the graphic novel collection, which will eventually contain Moore's entire run, were completely new to me. And reading them like this I was really able to appreciate what Moore did with the title - Swamp Thing under Moore's guiding hand was the first comic to ignore the Comics Book Code and aim the stories specifically at an adult readership -it was this direction that would eventually lead to the creation of the Vertigo imprint under which DC published titles aimed at a mature readership.
The stories contained in Book One are Loose Ends, The Anatomy Lesson, Swamped, Another Green World, Roots, The Sleep of Reason, A Time of Running and By Demons Driven.
The second story is where Moore really starts to make the character his own and turns everything upside down, telling us that Swamp Thing isn't really Alex Holland, but that he is really the swamp who thinks it is Alex Holland, that it takes on this humanoid shape because it has consumed the man's consciousness.
The book features a foreword by respected horror author, Ramsey Campbell in which he calls Swamp Thing a remarkable fusion of the super hero and horror genres. He goes onto praise Moore's storytelling abilities and makes the heady claim that Swamp Thing can stand side by side with the finest works of contemporary horror and that the genre has been left all the richer for Moore's run on this title.
I enjoyed all of the stories in this first volume and I'll certainly be getting them all, as Moore's complete run will embellish any library.