Parliament of Trees

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Parliament of Trees
Cover of Swamp Thing vol. 2, 47 (Apr, 1986).
Art by Stephen R. Bissette.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Swamp Thing vol. 2 #47 (April 1986)
Created by Alan Moore and Stan Woch
Characteristics
Place of origin Brazil, South America
Pantheon Fictional
Notable members Bifa
Bog Venus
Canan Kax
Eyam
Fields-That-Stalk
Ghost-Hiding-in-the-Rushes
Great Phoenix
Great Url
Hart-in-the-Trees
Jack-in-the-Green
Kettle Hole-Devil
Lady Jane
Misk
Saint Columba
Sarga/Tuuru
Swamp Knucker
Swamp Thing
Yggdrasil

The Parliament of Trees is a fictional group of Plant Elementals appearing in books published by DC Comics, sometimes under its Vertigo imprint, which function as supporting characters to Swamp Thing. Created by writer Alan Moore and artist Stan Woch, the Parliament first appeared in Swamp Thing Vol. 2, #47.

Fictional history[edit]

Plant Elementals have existed on Earth long before humans. Born when a being dies in flames and merges with the Earth, the Elementals became protectors of plant life throughout history. When they had done their time, they would join the Parliament of Trees, a group mind of former Elementals. Over time the membership grew with beings such as Eyam (based on the form of a trilobite), Swamp Knucker (a dinosaur-like dragon), Bog Venus (patterned on the mind of a medicine woman), Ghost Hiding in the Rushes (a sorcerer of 3rd-century China), Swamp Thing I (an early 20th-century scientist), and many others. Until recently, the Parliament was stationed in a grove in Brazil, south of the river Tefé, while their minds dwelled in the realm of the Green. Although preaching peace, the Parliament was involved in several conflicts in the past. Once united with the Parliament of Stones, the Parliament separated from the other to set in motion an elaborate plot to someday destroy mankind. The Parliament also had to fight off the fungus-based Grey, invaders from another world that eventually became the mushroom life of this planet. Quite recently, it was revealed that the Parliament of Trees (and other Elemental Parliaments) had an agenda with Swamp Thing that included the destruction of mankind and the re-making of Earth. To prevent that from happening, the Heavenly power called The Word was sent to destroy the Parliament, but not until they had passed on all their power to the Swamp Thing, who would do their bidding. But Swamp Thing refused in the last second, giving humanity another chance. The Parliament of Trees is now eternally burning in the realm of the Green. A few of its former members have survived since they were not present during the massacre at the hands of The Word.

"Brightest Day"[edit]

During the climatic moments of the 2010-2011 Brightest Day miniseries, the White Lantern reveals that "the Green has become black" and corrupted. It also states that the central tree in the Star City forest is the foundation for the Parliament of Trees.[1]

The New 52[edit]

In The New 52, it was shown on Earth 2 that Alan Scott has become associate with The Green.[2]

The Green[edit]

The Green is a mystical realm inhabited by the minds of all members of the Parliament of Trees. It also connects all forms of botanical life on earth. It is in the same category as The Red (which is connected to all animal life and run by the Parliament of Limbs), The Clear (which is associated with aquatic life), The Grey (which is connected to all fungal life), and The Black (which is associated with Death, was also called The Rot, and run by the Parliament of Decay). Various plant elementals of the DCU have been known to communicate with the Green as well and appear to have an in-tune rapport with it. These select few include the following:

Floronic Man went insane after attempting to connect with the Green through Swamp Thing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brightest Day #23 (April 2011)
  2. ^ Earth 2 #1

External links[edit]

  • Roots of the Swamp Thing - An extremely detailed timeline chronicling all the events of Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and related titles in chronological order, spanning millions of years of DC/Vertigo history and revealing the rise and fall of the Parliament of Trees