"The Black Queen": After finally having kissed Abigail Arcane, Alec Holland suddenly has a sense that something is wrong with The Green. This is not merely the call of the Green to become the Swamp Thing; the same call he had he
Appearing in "The Black Queen"
- Alec Holland (Apparent Death)
- William Arcane
- Professor Robert
Synopsis for "The Black Queen"
After finally having kissed Abigail Arcane, Alec Holland suddenly has a sense that something is wrong with The Green. This is not merely the call of the Green to become the Swamp Thing; the same call he had heard all his life. These are the screams of the Parliament of Trees, but they are not screaming for him, they are screaming in fear.
Suddenly, Abby is enveloped by tendrils of The Rot. As Alec desperately tries to tear her free, young William Arcane escapes from the tree he was trapped in and laughs, explaining that the Green has lost. It is not screaming for Alec, but at him, because it is all his fault.
In Mato Grosso, Brazil, Professor Robert and the other thralls of the Rot begin to set fire to the Parliament of Trees.
William claims that both Alec and Abby knew that this was coming, that Alec was meant to become the Swamp Thing. Because Alec chose not to fight, this has happened. The boy reveals that it was never him that the Rot wanted; it was Abby. From within the growing blob of rotten flesh that she has become trapped, Abby gasps that Alec must kill her. Alec won't do it, though, and William warns him to run, because Abby will kill him as soon as she emerges from her cocoon. Desperately, Abby knocks Alec back with one of her tentacles, screaming that he must run before she kills him. Finally, he climbs onto her motorcycle and promises to be back for her.
Alec rides back to the swamp and asks the Green to take him; to make him the Swamp Thing again. A tree root wraps around his hand, and the Parliament responds that it is too late. They are dying, and he has failed them.
Moments later, an agent of the Rot appears behind Alec, and rams a chainsaw through his chest. The Rot has won.
- This book was first published on February 1, 2012.
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