Challengers of the Unknown [Ace Morgan; Red Ryan; Prof Haley; Rocky Davis; June Robbins]; Alec Holland [Swamp Thing]; F. Gaylord Clayburne III; Heathcliff Monroe; Ruth Monroe; Cultists; M’Nagala the Eternal; RH’Thulla of the Wind; Kag’Naru of the Air (mentioned)
Continuing from last issue: The cultists have June as a hostage. The Challengers get beaten down by cultists, some half-monster. Monroe explains how M'Nagala came from the stars, as recounted in Swamp Thing 8. He demands Rocky and Ace fly to England and perform an incantation from a mystical book and bring M'Nagala's "family" to Earth. They go, reluctantly. In Challenger Mountain, Clayburne (the wanna-be Challenger), uses the computer to analyze Prof's infection. It recommends Dr. Alec Holland as an expert in "biochemical abnormalities". Clayburne flies to Oregon where Holland teaches. He agrees to help. Outside London, Rocky chants at midnight in a pentacle, while Ace fetches a pack of jet fuel. M'Nagala-kin try to burst through a portal, all icky tentacles and squishy guts. Ace chucks the fuel pod "just like Jaws" and shoots, destroying the monster and shutting the portal. Clayburne and Holland have landed in Perdition, but in the dark, Holland is reverting to Swamp Thing as his bio-restorative formula wears off. They find Prof half-consumed by icky polyps. Prof suggests sonics. They bring the emergency siren to the church, fight off the cultists, and fire the siren. The sound renders the half-transformed cultists to slime. They free Red and June. Soon all the Challengers are reunited, but Holland has slipped away. Clayburne thinks Holland is dead. Swamp Thing, creeping away, laments that he's alive. Next issue: Deadman!