"The Last of the Ravenwind Witches!": This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing #5.
Roots of the Swamp Thing #3 is an issue of the series Roots of the Swamp Thing (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1986.
Synopsis for "The Last of the Ravenwind Witches!"
This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing #5.
Swamp Thing stows away on a merchant vessel leaving Europe bound for America. Mid-voyage, he is discovered and the crew of the ship attacks him. He fights them off and leaps into the sea, where he eventually washes ashore near the cliffs of Divinity, Maine.
The town of Divinity is an anachronism, still stuck within the cultural confines of the 17th century. One of the town's leading men, Gideon blames recent troubles on an accused witch named Rebecca Ravenwind. As villagers gather together to apprehend her, Rebecca and her simple-minded brother Timothy retreat to the ocean-side caves. There, she meets the Swamp Thing who helps to keep her safe.
But the villagers eventually come into conflict with him and drive him back as Gideon captures Rebecca and Timothy. Rebecca is put on trial and Gideon blames her for being the last in a line of witches that has cursed his family name for generations. Rebecca is found guilty of witchcraft and sentenced to die by burning.
Swamp Thing makes it back to the courthouse and breaks Timothy out of prison. He further prevents Gideon's people from burning Rebecca at the stake. Rebecca turns her magic upon the villagers and summons a massive thunderstorm. After several flashes of lightning, Swamp Thing looks to find that Gideon and the villagers have been turned into flowers. Rebecca turns to him and reveals the fact that she is not a witch. Timothy is the true witch, and she merely acts as his familiar.
Swamp Thing leaves, satisfied that Rebecca and Timothy will not come to any further harm.
Appearing in "The Last of the Ravenwind Witches!"
- Timothy Ravenwind (First appearance)
- Rebecca Ravenwind (Single appearance)
- Gideon (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "A Clockwork Horror"
This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing #6.
Matt Cable learns that Interpol is pulling him off of the Holland case, but he will not be deterred. He is determined to destroy the Swamp Thing and avenge the death of Alec Holland.
Swamp Thing meanwhile, wanders into a small mining colony in Vermont. He is shocked to discover a woman who looks exactly like his late wife, Linda. "Linda" befriends the Swamp Thing and introduces him to her husband, Alec Holland. Now the Swamp Thing knows that he must be delirious because he is Alec Holland. The Hollands take the Swamp Thing into town to meet Mayor Hans Klochmann. Klochmann has designed the entire town and created robot citizens patterned after faces that he had discovered in newspaper obituaries (hence the reason why two of his robots resemble Alec and Linda).
Matt Cable hears word of a Swamp Thing sighting in Vermont, and Abby and he travel to find him.
A subversive organization known as the Conclave, who has been monitoring Cable's activities for some time now, send in a robotic task force to acquire the Swamp Thing. The robot task force openly attacks the robotic villagers and kills Mayor Hans Klochmann. The loyal citizens turn on Klochmann's assassins and destroys them. In the confusion, the Swamp Thing gets away.
Appearing in "A Clockwork Horror"
- Hans Klochmann
Synopsis for "Night Prowler!"
This story is reprinted from House of Mystery #191.
A man is depressed over the news, including the reports of a series of burglaries. He and his wife go to bed, later awakened to a noise downstairs. The man goes down with a weapon, ready to confront the potential prowler, but the stranger in the house is in fact a special jolly visitor. The man returns to his bedroom, more optimistic about the future.
Appearing in "Night Prowler!"
- Cain (Host)
- Santa Claus (Behind the scenes)
- Swamp Thing Recommended Reading
Links and References
- Swamp Thing (Volume 2) #21 later establishes that the Swamp Thing and Alec Holland are physically two separate people.