"Swamped": This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #22.

Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing #2 is an issue of the series Essential Vertigo: Swamp Thing (Volume 1) with a cover date of December, 1996.

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Synopsis for "Swamped"

This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #22.

Abby Cable and her husband Matt search the Louisiana swamp for Swamp Thing. They discover his body, but it has taken root in the swamp, and is seemingly unresponsive. They are accosted by Jason Woodrue, who explains how Swamp Thing had been captured by the Sunderland Corporation, where he had discovered that the Swamp Thing was never Alec Holland at all, but simply plant matter infected with Holland's consciousness. When Swamp thing discovered this, he escaped, and took root in the swamp, giving up his quest for humanity, and accepting his plant nature.

Meanwhile, Swamp Thing has surreal dreams of Alec Holland's life, and then his quest for humanity as the Swamp Thing. All the while, Woodrue performs experiments on him, hoping to connect to The Green through him. He goes so far as to eat one of the tubers growing from the Swamp Thing's body.

Elsewhere, Abby has anxiety over the thought of her husband being with another woman, but never finds any evidence. She drags Matt back to Swamp Things' resting place, shouting and crying, hoping to convince him to embrace his humanity. Woodrue, watching in the shadows, is disgusted.

Finally, Woodrue taps into The Green, and it strips him of all of his humanity. He embraces his new identity as the Floronic Man.



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