"The Flower King": Phil warns that sooner or later the world as mankind knows it will end and only Swamp Thing can save it from its own destruction, but Alec berates them for murdering people. Phil informs him that he works at Sunderland Corporation but his offer of help is rebuffed. Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) #5 is an issue of the series Swamp Thing Giant (Volume 2) with a cover date of July, 2020. It was published on May 15, 2020.

Appearing in "The Flower King"

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  • Flora (Flashback and main story)
  • Leif (Flashback and main story) (Dies)
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Synopsis for "The Flower King"

Phil warns that sooner or later the world as mankind knows it will end and only Swamp Thing can save it from its own destruction, but Alec berates them for murdering people. Phil informs him that he works at Sunderland Corporation but his offer of help is rebuffed. Swamp Thing wanders through the bayou, pondering whether he should let the human race destroy itself. At a Sunderland meeting, as Avery asks whether anyone has any good news following their disastrous conflict with Swamp Thing, Sally informs him that they had a breakthrough.

As Alec continues to ponder and states that there is no saving humanity, Phil ad his cult catches up to him. After being asked about considering their proposal for help, he states that he's decided to let the world destroy itself. Phil however informs him about Sunderland having developed self-harvesting crops through his DNA and to be used as slaves. Alec in anger decides to free them and uses more of his power to mount an assault. As a result, the US Air Force starts attacking him but he easily swats them aside.

After hitting a overpass which causes a child to nearly fall from it to the ground, Alec realizes what he is doing is wrong. He states that the future is worth saving for the children and rescues the child. Meanwhile at a Sunderland investor conference, Sally introduces the slaves Leif and Flora who can self-harvest food. Swamp Thing however suddenly shows up and locks everybody in the room, causing a panic. Sally tries to attack him with a herbicide gun, but ends up killing Leif instead.

While tying Sally in vines, Alec states that he didn't come there to kill but to talk with people and asks them to step away from ensuring their own doom by harming the planet. He offers them to come build a better world for the children with him, as children are a part of themselves worth saving.

Appearing in "The Ghost Light"

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Synopsis for "The Ghost Light"

Swamp Thing while searching for the mysterious fifolet spirit that's been guiding him for weeks, come across a barn which reminds him of Alec's tenth birthday when he got a new and expensive airplane. Alec's father had told him to be careful with it, but he broke the window of a new, though vacant, house while playing. The memory reminds him that the place is the same one where Alec and his wife died.

After spotting the fifolet again, he grows him a body t=so he can talk to him. The fifolet states that he used to be a thug who threatened people for money and planted a bomb in Alec Holland's lab to kill him. After expressing reservations about the murder, he was killed by his cohorts and dumped in the bayou. Now he's stuck in this spirit form and tries to help people. He then leads him to a heavily bleeding man who was fleeing and trying to get home.

Swamp Thing grows plant tissue to patch the bleeding man's wounds and grows new organs for him, but warns it won't last long. The man asks him to take him to a nearby village of the Houma tribe and states that the people after him might have let him go since he was old, figuring he won't rat on anyone, but he wanted to die in his home. The bloodhounds chasing after him catch up to them, but the fifolet scares them away.

As Swamp Thing brings the wounded man to his village, they find it deserted. The man regrets it but states it's a better death than he gave to another man forty years ago and requests the Swamp Thing bury him under his trees. Swamp Thing then tells the fifolet that he's not the man he killed, but if he were, he would have forgiven him. He however finds the spirit has escaped its body,.

Appearing in "Emerald Apocalypse!"

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Synopsis for "Emerald Apocalypse!"

This story is reprinted from Swamp Thing (Volume 6) #5.

Appearing in "The Poison Truth, Part Five"

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Synopsis for "The Poison Truth, Part Five"

This story is reprinted from The Hellblazer #5.

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Synopsis for "Double or Nothing"

This story is reprinted from Zatanna (Volume 2) #5.

Zatanna cannot defend herself from the demons because her tongue is on fire. Using the flames to write a healing spell, Zatanna escapes to the pool and finds a Catholic priest, asking him a favor.

Meanwhile, Zach returns to Zatanna's apartment to apologize once again for the party, when the demons ambush him. Zach protects himself using an ice barrier.

The priest blesses the water on the pool and Zatanna uses it to vaporize the demons. Returning to her room, Zatanna meets up with Zach, and the two fix everything in the room. Zatanna deduces that the demons were sent by Mammon, the God of Avarice. Zach wants to help her, but she declines, saying that she can take care of herself. Zach gets upset that her cousin is trying to push him away, but Zatanna replies that even how much their lives have changed, she still wants to try and reconnect with him. She promises to see his last show in Las Vegas, and he agrees, teleporting to his room. Suddenly, security guards come into the room, saying that they saw the battle, but Zatanna replies that everything is okay.

Meanwhile in Hell, Mammon punishes the three demons for failing in defeating Zatanna by casting them into a lava pit. Mammon decides that Benjamin Raymond will bring him Zatanna's soul. He manifests himself as several people inside Raymond's casino, saying that he got a silent membership on the casino when they made their first deal on the 1940s. He makes a new deal to Raymond: he will deliver Zatanna's soul to him before midnight and he will allow Raymond to keep his immortality and youth, otherwise he will take his soul to Hell. Raymond doesn't believe he can meet the deadline, but Mammon replies that all he will need is a dozen roses.

Zatanna begins her show on the casino, but decides to make only one number, as she promised Zach to watch his show. After she finishes, Raymond comes into the backstage and gives Zatanna some roses. Zatanna accepts them, and Raymond invites her for a drink and she accepts, even though her assistant tries to remind her that she promised to go to Zach's show.

Meanwhile, Zach begins his show but is upset that Zatanna is not on the audience.

Raymond takes Zatanna to his apartment and serves her drink. Just as she is about to drink, Zatanna realizes she has been drugged and perform a spell to regain consciousness. Zatanna threatens to pull his show from the casino and transform Raymond into an animal. Raymond reveals that he is actually Benjamin Raymond and he has been sending innocent souls to Hell to extend his lifespan. He then summons his victims' corpses and orders them to attack Zatanna. While Zatanna is busy fighting the zombies, Raymond hits her with a rose. As the rose's thorns are still laced with poison, Zatanna falls unconscious. Raymond orders the zombie to prepare Zatanna for their wedding.

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