Alec Holland is a hero, however is he man or monster?
Not solely was the monstrous DC hero Swamp Factor included within the roster for the 2017 combating recreation Injustice 2, he is now acquired his personal live-action sequence on the DC Universe streaming app. Now, greater than ever, it is vital to familiarize your self with Swamp Factor.
Fortunately, we’re right here to assist. This is the whole lot it is advisable know in regards to the roots of this character (pun meant) and the function he performs within the bigger DCU.
Observe: This story has been up to date to mirror the newest information in regards to the Swamp Factor TV present. Learn our Swamp Factor sequence premiere overview.
Swamp Factor: The Fundamentals
Alec Holland was an excellent scientist growing a “bio-restorative system” that promised to alter the fields of botany and medication endlessly. However when Holland refused to promote his system, his lab was sabotaged. Holland was doused with burning chemical substances and dove into the close by swamp to save lots of himself. As a substitute, he emerged as a large, plant-like monster. His previous life gone, Holland was left to roam the bayou and punish anybody who threatened his new house.
Swamp Factor has few actual connections to the human world. A kind of is Abigail Arcane, the one lady able to seeing and loving the person beneath the moss. The opposite is John Constantine, who really acquired his begin as a supporting character in Saga of the Swamp Factor earlier than spinning out into his personal adventures.
Swamp Factor’s Powers and Skills
It is apparent simply from taking a look at Swamp Factor that he is a strong monster, however super-strength is the least of his abilities. With a physique that is extra plant matter than human tissue, Swamp Factor can alter his form, change his dimension and prolong varied vines and tendrils. He may even develop wings when he must fly from Level A to Level B.
Most impressively, Swamp Factor has direct management over all vegetation – not simply on Earth, however primarily wherever within the universe. Whereas his physique is not fairly invulnerable, Swamp Factor is mainly immortal. So long as there’s vegetation to cling to – be it a tree or a a bush or piece of tobacco – Swamp Factor can transmit his consciousness and rebuild his physique anew. He usually makes use of this capability to journey from plant to plant, which means he can go just about wherever on the earth that has vegetation.
You may see why many contemplate Swamp Factor to be one of the highly effective heroes within the DC Universe.
Swamp Factor: Origin and Background
Swamp Factor made his debut in 1971’s Home of Secrets and techniques #92, the place he was depicted as an early 20th Century man who was murdered by a jealous rival and returned as a plant monster to defend his spouse. The character was given his personal sequence the next yr, and creators Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson reworked the idea to suit a extra up to date setting. However the fundamentals remained just about the identical, and therefore Alec Holland was born in 1972’s Swamp Factor #1.
Swamp Factor’s very existence is outlined by the query, “Is he a person who seems to be like a plant or a plant that assume’s it is a man?”. That query was on the coronary heart of Alan Moore’s Saga of the Swamp Factor run, extensively regarded to be the best within the character’s lengthy historical past. Early on, Moore revealed that Swamp Factor is not really a remodeled Alec Holland. Holland died because of his accidents. Swamp Factor is merely a mysterious type of vegetation that absorbed fragments of Holland’s consciousness and recollections. Naturally, this can be a character susceptible to questioning his personal existence and place within the universe. That existence all the time appears to be in flux, as not too long ago DC’s comics have taken a tough flip and urged that Alec Holland does nonetheless exist inside Swamp Factor.
Swamp Factor’s mythology was additional sophisticated with the addition of components like The Inexperienced and the Parliament of Timber. The Inexperienced is form of like The Drive in that it is a dwelling vitality area that hyperlinks all vegetation within the universe and is the supply of Swamp Factor’s powers. It coexists with different mystical energies within the DCU, together with The Purple (animal life), The Rot (loss of life and decay) and The Gray (machine life).
These vitality fields additionally exist as precise places, and The Inexperienced is house to the Parliament of Timber. These ageless, highly effective Plant Elementals oversee all vegetation within the universe. Because it seems, the Parliament has all the time relied on a Swamp Factor to hold out their will within the human world, and Alec Holland is just the newest in a protracted line of Swamp Issues.
Swamp Factor: Past the Comics
Swamp Factor has loved a reasonably wholesome profession outdoors of the comics even earlier than getting his DC Universe present. He was really the primary DC hero after Batman and Superman to star in his personal live-action film. Horror icon Wes Craven directed 1982’s Swamp Factor, which was pretty nicely obtained. That was adopted up by 1989’s ultra-low-budget sequel Return of the Swamp Factor, which wasn’t.
Swamp Factor additionally starred in each a live-action and animated TV sequence within the early ’90s, with the previous having fun with a reasonably wholesome run from 1990 to 1993. Extra not too long ago, he is appeared on the animated sequence Justice League Motion and within the direct-to-video animated film Justice League Darkish. Alec Holland was talked about on NBC’s short-lived Constantine sequence, however sadly that present was canceled earlier than he was capable of seem within the flesh (plant-flesh?).
Injustice 2 is not even Swamp Factor’s first online game look. A number of video video games have been developed based mostly on the 1991 animated sequence. Swamp Factor has additionally been a playable character within the MOBA recreation Infinite Disaster and LEGO Batman three: Past Gotham.
Swamp Factor was anticipated to return to the massive display screen in Darkish Universe, a horror-flavored DC film impressed by the comedian e book sequence Justice League Darkish. That challenge appears perpetually trapped in improvement hell, sadly. As a substitute, Swamp Factor’s newest live-action outing is on the DC Universe streaming service. Aquaman director James Wan is producing the Swamp Factor sequence, which debuted its 10-episode first season (abruptly shortened from the unique 13) on Might 31, 2019. The sequence stars Andy Bean and Derek Mears as Swamp Factor, Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland.
Principally, get used to the massive inexperienced man, as a result of you are going to be seeing extra of him within the close to future.
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