The Lurker Below last edited by pikahyper on 04/04/19 11:25PM View full history

“THE LURKER BELOW.” Prof is dying of an all-consuming fungus infection. Rocky, June, Ace and Red rush him to their jet. Gaylord Clayburne, playboy/Challenger wannabe, learns Prof is sick and finds a specialist to heal him. Ignoring Clayburne, the Challengers zoom off to Perdition, Pennsylvania, a farm town, but as soon as they land, the Challengers are mobbed by farmers with pitchforks. Dr. Monroe calls off the farmers and relates the town’s history to the Challengers. Seventy years ago, a man summoned a demon to the town. Enthralled, the locals sacrificed strangers to the “god” until Swamp Thing came to town and collapsed its cave, burying the monster “forever.” Behind the scenes, we see the fungus lived on and still infects many locals.

Prof. Haley is dying of a strange infection, and according to the Challenger's computer, the only doctor who can save him is in Perdition, Pennsylvania. But upon arrival in Perdition, the Challengers are met with hostility by the locals.

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Challengers vs. a Lovecraftian Nightmare 0

The Challengers of the Unknown was always a bit of an oddity - a super team with no superpowers. Kind of like a team of James Bonds. The Lurker Below is a story neatly divided into three chapters that follows several months after the events of Swamp Thing #8. While it's not necessary to read that story to follow the events here, it does provide a nice background.  The issue is pretty good, with Red Ryan and Ace Morgan's special op to retrieve medical supplies from a dictatorship one of the high...

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