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 about to get his personal live-action collection on the DC Universe streaming app. Now, greater than ever, it is necessary to familiarize your self with Swamp Factor.
Fortunately, we’re right here to assist. This is every thing you have to know concerning the roots of this character (pun supposed) and the function he performs within the bigger DCU.
Notice: This story has been up to date to mirror the most recent information concerning the Swamp Factor TV present, together with the report that manufacturing of Season 1 was shut down previous to its anticipated completion.
Swamp Factor: The Fundamentals
Alec Holland was a superb scientist growing a “bio-restorative formulation” that promised to vary the fields of botany and drugs ceaselessly. However when Holland refused to promote his formulation, his lab was sabotaged. Holland was doused with burning chemical substances and dove into the close by swamp to save lots of himself. As an alternative, 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 residence.
Swamp Factor has few actual connections to the human world. A kind of is Abigail Arcane, the one girl 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 Talents
It is apparent simply from Swamp Factor that he is a robust 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 measurement and prolong numerous 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 flowers – not simply on Earth, however basically anyplace within the universe. Whereas his physique is not fairly invulnerable, Swamp Factor is mainly immortal. So long as there’s flowers 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 capacity to journey from plant to plant, which means he can go just about anyplace on this planet that has flowers.
You possibly can see why many take into account Swamp Factor to be some 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 collection 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 appears to be like 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 reworked Alec Holland. Holland died on account of his accidents. Swamp Factor is merely a mysterious type of flowers that absorbed fragments of Holland’s consciousness and recollections. Naturally, this can be a character vulnerable to questioning his personal existence and place within the universe. That existence at all times appears to be in flux, as just lately DC’s comics have taken a tough flip and instructed that Alec Holland does nonetheless exist inside Swamp Factor.
Swamp Factor’s mythology was additional difficult with the addition of parts like The Inexperienced and the Parliament of Timber. The Inexperienced is form of like The Drive in that it is a residing power area that hyperlinks all flowers within the universe and is the supply of Swamp Factor’s powers. It coexists with different mystical energies within the DCU, together with The Crimson (animal life), The Rot (demise and decay) and The Gray (machine life).
These power fields additionally exist as precise places, and The Inexperienced is residence to the Parliament of Timber. These ageless, highly effective Plant Elementals oversee all flowers within the universe. Because it seems, the Parliament has at all times relied on a Swamp Factor to hold out their will within the human world, and Alec Holland is just the most recent in an extended line of Swamp Issues.
Swamp Factor: Past the Comics
Swamp Factor has loved a reasonably wholesome profession exterior 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 properly 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 collection within the early ’90s, with the previous having fun with a reasonably wholesome run from 1990 to 1993. Extra just lately, he is appeared on the animated collection 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 collection, however sadly that present was canceled earlier than he was in a position to seem within the flesh (plant-flesh?).
Injustice 2 is not even Swamp Factor’s first online game look. A number of video video games had been developed primarily based on the 1991 animated collection. 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 ebook collection Justice League Darkish. That challenge appears perpetually trapped in growth hell, sadly. As an alternative, Swamp Factor’s subsequent live-action outing will likely be on the DC Universe streaming service. Aquaman director James Wan is producing the Swamp Factor collection, which is able to debut its 10-episode first season (abruptly shortened from the unique 13) on Might 31, 2019. The collection stars Andy Bean and Derek Mears as Swamp Factor, Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane and Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland.
Mainly, 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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