Warning: The next comprises spoilers for Future State: Swamp Factor #1 by Ram V, Mike Perkins and June Chung, on sale now.
Whereas the world proven in Future State: Swamp Factor is something however idyllic, the Protector of the Inexperienced has managed to carve out a life for himself and his new “household” in a world the place the age of humanity has lengthy since handed.
Whereas particulars are nonetheless considerably sketchy, there was some type of nice struggle that resulted within the near-extinction of all human life. Swamp Factor, now identified merely as “Inexperienced,” has made it his mission to seek out any survivors on this world, which has now grow to be overgrown with plant-life as a result of lack of human interference. He’s additionally began to create lifetime of his personal that mimics human anatomy to make his personal plant-based household. Every of those their very own personalities and wishes, and so they solely want earth, water and daylight to outlive.
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However discovering a human within the snow, nevertheless, Swamp Factor learns that Obsidian, the son of the Golden Age Inexperienced Lantern, may very well be used for his demise.
Whereas looking out close to the analysis base of Eureka, Nunavut in Canada, Swamp Factor discovers a solitary human within the snow. He explains that he left a spot additional north referred to as “S.T.A.R Fortress” with a bigger group that had all succumbed to the chilly. He tells Inexperienced that they left as a result of the individuals on the base, led by somebody referred to as the Timeless Man, had been creating one thing to supposedly save the world. The person’s father, nevertheless, defined the reality to him: the Timeless Man, who seems to be an aged Floronic Man or Anton Arcane, was going to make use of the previous superhero Obsidian to plunge the world into eternal darkness.
Obsidian was created by Roy Thomas and Jerry Ordway and first appeared in 1983’s All-Star Squadron #25. Named Todd Rice, he was initially the kid of Alan Scott, and he and his twin sister Jade each developed superpowers from a younger age. He’s linked to the Shadowlands, a dimension of semi-sentient darkness that grants him energy over his personal shadow and the shadows of others, and he additionally has the talents of flight, super-strength and intangibility. Prior to now, he and his sister arrange Infinity Inc., a superhero workforce primarily made up of the youngsters and grandchildren of Justice Society heroes, however he has additionally been a member of each the Society itself and the Justice League.
Publish-Flashpoint, Obsidian was nonetheless named Todd Rice, however he was seemingly unrelated to the Inexperienced Lantern. However after the occasions of Doomsday Clock and in addition to the finale of Demise Metallic restoring all of DC’s historical past as one narrative, it might stand to purpose that the 2 heroes are as soon as once more father and son. His look on this situation, nevertheless, may very properly spell doom for Swamp Factor and his creations. When Obsidian was as soon as corrupted by the Shadowlands, he was in a position to forged a shadow sufficiently big to cowl a complete metropolis in darkness. If the Timeless Man can manipulate this energy and take away daylight from the complete world, Swamp Factor and his new creations can be dropping one of many few issues that they require to outlive.
Whereas Obsidian himself might not want to hurt “Inexperienced” or any of his new household, his darkish energy could also be exploited and used to destroy the whole lot Swamp Factor has struggled so exhausting to construct.
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