The Rot
The Rot
General Information
First Appearance: Swamp Thing #1
Animal Man #1 (September, 2011)
Created by: Scott Snyder
Yanick Paquette
Jeff Lemire
Travel Foreman
Founder(s): Sethe
Leader(s): Sethe
Current Members: Anton Arcane
William Arcane
The Hunters Three
The Rotlings
The Rotlings
Former Members: Abigail Arcane
The Hunters Two
Status: Active
Base of Operations: Bone Kingdom



The Black or The Rot is a force which is strongly associated with death. The decay and rotting of living things is where it flourishes. As such, it works in opposition to life forces such as The Red and The Green. The Black has most prominently worked through human agents who belonged to the Arcane family. While Abigail resisted the call of The Black because she was protected from it by the strength and power of the Swamp Thing and his connection to The Green, his absence made the call stronger, and now The Parliament of Trees believes she will become a great threat to them.


The Rot is the natural force between all death and decay in the natural world. Shortly after Alec Holland, the man once thought to be Swamp Thing, returned to life, the Rot's avatar, Sethe, rose from the ground in the American badlands, beginning to threaten all natural life, and seeking the destruction of not only Alec Holland, the champion of the Green, but also Maxine Baker, Animal Man's daughter, the champion of the Red. The champion of the Rot is William Arcane, the younger brother to Abby Holland, who was at one time Swamp Thing's lover. If William and Sethe were to unite, all life on earth would be threatened by the Rot. While Alec and Abby chase after William, Animal Man and his family is hunted by the Hunters Three, three former avatars of the Red, who have become agents of the Rot.




  • Like The Grey, which appeared prominently in Swamp Thing (Volume 2), The Black is a force which consumes life. The Grey is not likely considered canonical in the Post FlashPoint, the era in which The Black was introduced. However, The Grey is present in Earth 2.


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