Swamp Thing (07 - Alec Holland)
Real Name: Alexander Holland
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Swamp Thing is a plant elemental, which means that his body is made of plant matter, and thus he is extremely strong and hardy. If his physical body is destroyed, he can escape into "the Green" and grow a new body, almost instantaneously. This means that he can also travel by abandoning a body and regrowing one at another location. He can travel through time and even to other planets using this ability. He can extend his body into the Earth and thus large chunks of it. He can grow edible produce from his body, including a particular yam-like tuber that produce psycho-sexual effects. He and his wife use it to simulate sex. Swamp Thing can also animate more than one body at once.
Swamp Thing's body is vulnerable to physical attack, especially anything that would kill plant matter. He is weaker when he is out of his "place of power" (i.e., swamps and jungles).
The previous Swamp Thing (05), like all plant elementals, carried the memories of a human who died by fire, in a swamp. The plant body that grew literally consumed his human body, and thus took on his memories and personality. For many years, Swamp Thing thought he was Alec Holland, but Dr. Jason Woodrue/The Floronic Man/Floro discovered the truth about Swamp Thing's origins and deliberately revealed them to him. Although Swamp Thing still answered to the name "Alec," he was fully aware that he was not actually Alec Holland, and never was.
During the Brightest Day, the "Alec" Swamp Thing was corrupted by Nekron and the Black. The White Entity resurrected the real Alec Holland, and turned him into the newest Swamp Thing. This Swamp Thing fought and killed the corrupted Swamp Thing, and took his place as avatar of the Green.
First Appearance: Brightest Day (2010) #24
Alexander 'Alec' Holland
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Brightest Day (2010)
#3 Convergence Swamp Thing (2015)
- 'Time Bomb'#8
- 'Last Stand'
Convergence: Crisis (2015)
Green Arrow [II] (2010)
#12 Ramos art-n-out Hip Sketchbook (2010)
- 'The Changing of the Seasons'
Subway Presents: Justice League (2011)
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