"The Beet Goes On": This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #1.
Swamp Thing: New Roots Vol 1 1 (Digital) is a chapter in the digital-first series Swamp Thing: New Roots (Volume 1 (Digital)) published in 2020.
Appearing in "The Beet Goes On"
- Fatima the voodoo priestess
- Sunderland Corporation
- Mr. Sunderland
- Terminus seeds
Synopsis for "The Beet Goes On"
This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #1.
While on the lookout for Swamp Thing, two guards of Sunderland Foods are attacked by him. The other guards attack him after realizing what happened, but are all tied up in vines. Swamp Thing spares them and destroys the Sunderland facility for manufacturing the "terminus seed" which sterilizes itself after a time and can sterilize other plants too due to cross-pollination.
After meeting up with voodoo priestess Fatima, Swamp Thing states that the actions of Sunderland are angering him and make it difficult to control his rage. Fatima states that she wasted years of her life to defeat death but its acceptance is the key to living. This causes him to ponder whether he should give up his struggle against Sunderland while he drops a beet full of all his anger.
At the Sunderland headquarters, the chairman informs that Swamp Thing is attacking their laboratory farms growing terminus seeds and asks for suggestions to stop him. Sally suggests to Sunderland that they capture him instead of killing him and use his DNA to create self-harvesting crops as their slaves. She suggests using a newly developed neurotoxin to knock him out and then seal him in an airtight container.
Swamp Thing is meanwhile shown destroying another Sunderland facility and presumably burning its guards alive. Back at the Sunderland HQ, others ask Sally after the meeting about the difficulty in injecting him, but she responds that they'll utilize one of his friends instead of his enemies.
Fatima later while conversing with Alec, injects him with the neurotoxin and eats the beet that is inside his body to try to become immortal, but goes into a death-like coma. Sally meanwhile tells Mr. Sunderland that they developed the neurotoxin using the toxic wilds beets they found in the bayou (and which Alec himself discarded). Alec after finding an airtight Sunderland container nearby believes she died saving him. He then holds a funeral for her, not realizing she's been buried alive.
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