DC’s Dark Crisis Revisits Swamp Thing’s Connection To Great Darkness

Swamp Thing’s first appearance in DC Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths is a significant omen. His presence signals, on the one hand, the fusion of the forces of superhumans and supernatural heroes. The event’s latest push into the mystical realm also hints at how the Dark Crisis superheroes feel – there’s something even darker at play than Deathstroke’s belligerence or Pariah’s fanaticism for life. world exchange. Swamp Thing thinks the Great Dark behaves as if it’s been corrupted by something. This epiphany calls forth revelations found in the 1985 Swamp Thing comics that tie into Black crisis’ prequel. The Darkness, as depicted in these old issues, also hints that Barry Allen’s alternate desert in dark crisis attachment, flash, may hold the key to calming the Darkness again.


As the real Barry of Earth-0 roams the prison worlds of Pariah, studying their nature, dark crisisnow halfway introduces the supernatural side of the crisis. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #4 (by Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere, Alejandro Sánchez and Tom Napolitano) pays homage to Zatanna and John Constantine, two different Swamp Things. These appearances may be nothing more than nostalgic cameos, however, they provide meaningful insight, reminding fans that the Great Darkness is a being with a special nature. As the Dark Crisis superhero cast connects the dots between Pariah and their dreamworld prisons, DC’s magical heroes work to uncover more about the ultimate anomaly behind it all.

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In this issue, Allen Scott’s Green Lantern leads Wonder Girl, Super Boy, and Nightwing to Justice League Dark headquarters where they encounter Swamp Thing. Nightwing recalls that Black Adam claimed the Great Darkness controlled Pariah and the Army of Darkness. He asks Swamp Thing if he could control Deathstroke as well. He doubts because he sees darkness differently since he visited the spirit world and encountered the great darkness in 1985. Swamp Thing #49-50 (by Alan Moore and Stan Woch). Nightwing’s theory just doesn’t hold water for him because the great darkness he knows doesn’t care about power or the material world in general. Maybe the nature of his origins is a good place to start to really understand him.

by Alan Moore Swamp Thing: The Summon opens with a black bird bearing a black bead that will awaken the Great Darkness after a set of wizards summon it. Swamp Thing hears a lot about the Great Darkness before meeting her. It is a pre-Satan primordial darkness. As a “shadow falling on heaven”, the Darkness is an entity that no scientific defense can stop. It is an entity that even demons fear. The Guardians of the Universe (alien superheroes) cannot detect it as an anomaly. On Earth-1, Solavar, the best scientists of King of Gorillas are unable to defeat him. Alexander Luthor, Earth-3’s only superhero, exclaims that even his science can’t stop him. The Great Darkness is so ethereal and eerie that it causes Brainiac, a living computer, to feel fear for the first time.

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Swamp Thing approaches the entity in the spirit world and walks straight into the great darkness. He responds peacefully as unlike the many creatures that attempt to physically assault him, Swamp Thing enters willingly without any anger. He explains some of what he learned from this encounter – the Great Darkness is neither good nor bad and has only a desire to gain knowledge. He does not seek to control anyone.

What Swamp Thing doesn’t mention is that ultimately the Dark doesn’t want to be alone and will reach out to the Light. The black pearl carried by the bird that gives birth to it is another significant detail in Swamp Thing #49. Link with the dark crisis of August, the flash #785 (by Jeremy Adams and Amancay Nahuelpan) has another Barry Allen of a desert world in possession of a pearl he calls the world’s last bit of magic. His job, he says, is to pick up “where it all began.” At the end of dark crisis #4, the Darkness overcomes Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom but strangely leaves Black Adam unscathed. A multiverse is born and the Great Darkness continues to spread.

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With these details in mind, it’s clear that Darkness covets Light, and magic is needed to disarm it. If the black pearl of the old Swamp Thing link is yin, then Mad-Max-style Barry Allen is definitely yang. The alternative Barry may have the answer to tame this existential threat. Swamp Thing suggests that someone or something must have corrupted the darkness for its own ends, hinting that an epic and mighty force is at work. Darkness only spreads when summoned and only destroys when it seeks something it covets. As superheroes gather in the Hall of Justice to discuss the nature of the multiverse, DC’s magical heroes will hopefully join them and contribute their knowledge of the supernatural forces at play.

Swamp Thing and his fellow magical heroes make a great team to help theorize about such ambiguities. He proves he is the hero needed to consult since he is the only being extraordinary enough to survive talking to the Great Darkness. These details from earlier links are what make Dark Crisis such a great read for fans of Marv Wolfman-style epics with DC Universe-wide casts. It’s also time for DC’s magical heroes to play a major role in a story featuring a magical pearl and the great metaphysical darkness.

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